The NSW Native Game Bird Management Program allows licensed, ethical hunters to assist landholders to manage the impacts of native game birds on agricultural lands.
A total of 1,554 native game birds were harvested across NSW during the 2018-19 harvest period. Of the total harvested, 96% were made up of Black duck, Wood Duck and Grey Teal respectively.
A total of 82 landholders held active licences with property duck allocations during 2018-19. Approximately 96 growers harvested 54,771 tonnes of rice in the 2018-19 financial year.
|Number of rice growers||700||349||773||633||96|
|Rice harvest (tonnes)||690,272||244,184||801,714||623,002||54,771|
|Native Game Bird Management licences||215||313||506||555||582|
|Increase in Native Game Bird Management licences||-||35%||50%||9%||4.6%|
|Number of active Native Game Bird Management licences||215||220||432||376||82|
|Native Game Bird Management licensed properties||536||721||1,078||1,171||1,317|
|Number of active Native Game Bird Management licensed properties||536||500||887||809||145|
|Number of WIT endorsed NSW Game Hunting Licence holders||2,000||2,683||3,418||3,633||3,030|
|Change in WIT endorsed NSW Game Hunting Licence holders||-||+34%||+27%||+6%||-16%|
|Number of harvested native game birds||22,278||6,511||49,750||11,511||1,554|
|Number of harvest returns submitted||822||85||1,327||430||69|
|Number of Native Game Bird Licences game birds harvested on||92||35||147||104||21|
|Number of properties game birds harvested on||159||53||255||159||31|
|Number of active game bird hunters||349||60||460||225||37|
|Percentage of active game bird hunters||17%||2%||13%||6%||1.2%|
Read the full 2019-20 native game bird hunter update (PDF, 363.41 KB).
To take part in the Native Game Bird Management Program, you must:
Endorsement is granted when a licence holder's WIT accreditation is verified and their licence 'updated'. Your endorsement will be applied sooner if you're able to include a copy of your WIT certificate with your update or new licence application. Where a copy of the certificate is not provided, endorsement may only be granted after verifying the WIT number with the Victorian Game Management Authority, which may take up to one working week.
When a licence holder is endorsed for the program, a new game hunting licence card is issued with 'GB' printed in the special conditions section on the rear-side of the card.
If you already hold a NSW General or Restricted Game Hunting Licence, you can seek endorsement for the program by completing Form GB-A NSW Game Hunting Licence – Native Game Bird Update (PDF, 65.04 KB).
There are extra training requirements for a Restricted licence as it provides for hunting on both private and public land. If you do not wish to access these public land hunting opportunities, simply apply for a General licence.
If you are paying by credit card, use the online licence application form for priority processing.
Your licence may be endorsed for the program at the time it's granted if you provide evidence of completing the WIT with your supporting documents.
Before native game birds can be hunted in NSW, private lands must be covered by a Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence and there must be an available allocation of game birds.
To find landholders who need help managing native game birds, login to Online licence holder services and access the Native Game Bird Management Portal to:
You can list your name and contact information on the Hunter Register to let licensed landholders know you are seeking permission to hunt native game birds. The Hunter Register is for mid-week hunting only, not weekends, and you'll be asked to specify the regions you're able to travel to.
To register your details, access the Native Game Bird Management Portal through Online licence holder services. Login using your licence number and security pin, then click through to the Native Game Bird Management Portal and complete the online form.
Licensed landholders seeking hunters to help manage native game birds are invited to list their details on the Landholder Register.
Game hunting licence holders who are endorsed for the program can download the Landholder Register by logging in to Online licence holder services and accessing the Native Game Bird Management Portal. If you're unable to login online, you may phone the Wildlife Management Team on 02 6051 7772 for verbal advice.
Landholders may add or remove their details voluntarily at any time and we cannot guarantee there will be entries on the register.
Once endorsed for the program, you must abide by special native game bird hunting conditions, which are in addition to your standard licence conditions and hunting legislation.
Before entering any lands, you must first obtain the landholder's express authority (permission) to hunt.
A landholder's express authority to hunt doesn't need to be in writing, it may be given verbally or by other means.
The Get Permission app, developed by NSW DPI and the NSW Police Force, is available to download from the Apple AppStore or GooglePlay. The app is a useful way to store your hunting permissions and licences so you may easily produce them on request.
When you receive express authority to hunt from a landholder, ask for their Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence number so you can find out the available game bird allocations attached to their licence.
Also, make sure to ask the landholder about property boundaries, use of dogs and what to be aware of while hunting on their lands.
The Native Game Bird Hunter Diary is an important part of monitoring and compliance for the Native Game Bird Management Program. The diary allows you to record the available property species allocation for each property before hunting, and to record the numbers of native game birds harvested after hunting, before you report those numbers to DPI.
Before you hunt native game birds, you must find out how many native game birds of what type may be harvested on the property you have permission for.
You must record the available allocation for each property you hunt no earlier than 48-hours before entering those lands to hunt native game birds.
You must record the number and type of native game bird you harvest while hunting. You can do this while you are hunting or when you have finished.
Use the second column on the diary page to record your harvests.
You must report the number and type of native game birds you harvested while hunting so the remaining property allocation may be updated for future hunters.
To report your harvest: