Clubs and associations

All hunting clubs that were Approved Hunting Organisations (AHOs) with the former Game Council of NSW before its dissolution are automatically approved as AHOs by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002.

A new policy applies to the way the Department approves and manages AHOs. DPI encourages all AHOs to familiarise themselves with the new policy.

Download the Approved Hunting Organisations (AHOs) approval and management (PDF, 90.87 KB) policy.

What is an AHO?

An Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO) is a hunting club or organisation that has applied for and received 'approved' status for the purpose of qualifying their members for a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence).

AHOs must have a constitution that:

  • complies with relevant NSW legislation
  • contains a hunting code of conduct or practice such as the Hunters' Code of Practice that is legislated in the Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012
  • disciplinary provisions that allow the AHO to take disciplinary action against any member found to have breached the Hunters' Code of Practice or relevant legislation in NSW.

AHO directory

A list of organisations that are currently approved by DPI is available for R-Licence applicants to check their eligibility.

Apply for registration as an AHO

Applications are invited from suitable organisations to register for 'approved' status to satisfy the legal requirements for member's applying for a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence.

Download Form I - Application to register as an Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO) (PDF, 156.91 KB).

AHOs and hunter education

AHOs are able to apply for registration as a Hunter LEAP Provider to deliver the R-Licence Accreditation Course and other courses under Hunter LEAP (Learning, Education and Accreditation Program).

Visit Education & training for hunters for more information.