Game and feral animals such as foxes and rabbits, wild 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:
To minimise the impacts of abundant wild deer herds across the State, some of the deer hunting regulations have been suspended. The current suspension applies across all of NSW for a period of three years.
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.
NSW Department of Primary Industries is working with the NSW Farmers Association and NSW Police Force to learn about illegal hunting experiences in NSW. Your responses will be used to guide a coordinated strategy to Shut the gate on illegal hunting in NSW.