On Friday 6 September 2019, the licensing requirement for feral deer on private land changed under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002.
To better support landholders managing the current drought conditions and abundant deer herds, the NSW Government will amend the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 (the Act) by Ministerial order on Friday 6 September 2019. The change removes the requirement to hold a NSW Game Hunting Licence before hunting feral deer on private land, allowing them to be managed in the same way that rabbits, foxes, pigs and goats are controlled.
Removing the licensing requirement for feral deer allows landholders more options for control. It also supports landholders by allowing individuals who hold a firearms licence and an appropriate combination of firearm and ammunition, and skilled bow hunters using an appropriate bow and arrow, to target them on private property where they have permission to hunt.
This means, from Friday 6 September 2019, deer may be managed in the same way that rabbits, foxes, pigs and goats are controlled on private land.