Game and feral animals such as foxes and rabbits, deer, feral goats and pigs can have impacts on agricultural production, the environment and communities. Hunting is recognised as one of a number of tools used in the management of game and feral animals and also as a legitimate recreational pursuit.

The Game Licensing Unit manages hunter licensing, education and compliance, and administers important hunting programs like:

  • hunting on public land
  • native game bird management program
  • Shut the gate on illegal hunting campaign
  • Hunter Learning, Education and Accreditation Program (LEAP)
  • GunSmart (the NSW firearms safety initiative)
  • responsible pig dogger program
  • ethical bowhunter program.

African swine fever continues its spread through Asia, getting closer to Australia

Hunters play an important role on the front line to detect and prevent the spread of animal disease, including African swine fever (ASF), a disease deadly for pigs. If you suspect ASF, you must immediately report it to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888. Find out more about African swine fever.

Change to licensing requirement for hunting feral deer on private land in NSW

To minimise the impacts of abundant deer herds across the State and allow landholders more options for control, the NSW Government announced changes to the licensing requirement to hunt feral deer on private land, effective Friday 6 September 2019.

Find out more about the changes to private land deer hunting in NSW.

Kangaroo management

The NSW Government announced changes in June 2018 to non-commercial kangaroo management, including initiatives to allow volunteer shooters to support landholders in drought. The changes are effective from Wednesday 8 August 2018.

Contact the DPI Game Licensing Unit

P: 02 6363 7650

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