Help for private landholders

While most hunting in NSW is regulated, private landholders who hunt on their own land do not need a game hunting licence, unless they hunt under the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program.

Do I need a game hunting licence?
(Landholders, members of their household and employees)
Own land Other private land
Rabbits, foxes, feral pigs, feral goats, wild dogs (not dingo), feral cats, hares No No
Wild deer No Yes
Native game birds (ducks) - Owner/Occupier Licence to allow licensed hunters to manage game ducks on your land (minimum requirement) Yes Yes
Managing native game birds (ducks) yourself - you may also need a NSW Game Hunting Licence (General or Restricted) and complete the Waterfowl Identification Test Yes Yes
When do hunters I allow on my property need a game hunting licence?Licence Other requirements
Rabbits, foxes, feral pigs, feral goats, wild dogs (not dingo), feral cats, hares No Permission
Wild deer Yes Permission
Native game birds (ducks) Yes Waterfowl Identification Test and permission

Licensed, safe and responsible hunters can help landholders with:

  • feral and pest animal management
  • management of wild deer
  • management of native game birds (ducks).

The DPI Game Licensing Unit can help you to Shut the gate on illegal hunting.

If you experience impacts from illegal hunting, request a free landholder kit today. The kit contains:

  • general tips and tricks to discourage or report illegal hunters
  • information on using infrared surveillance cameras
  • free private property and surveillance signs.

Game and pest animal management

Why should I use licensed recreational hunters?

Sometimes, it's hard to get to everything you need to do.

Calling in licensed recreational hunters not only gives you extra manpower to achieve your management goals, but also ensures you get safe, responsible and ethical hunters who are covered by $25 million public liability insurance.

NSW Game Hunting Licence holders:

Have problems with these species?

Are you impacted by wild deer?

Only you, members of your household and employees may hunt wild deer on your land without a game hunting licence.

Any other individual you authorise to hunt wild deer on your land must hold either a NSW General or Restricted Game Hunting Licence.

Special conditions apply to licence holders when they hunt wild deer. The rules and regulations restrict deer hunting to daylight hours and they may only be hunted on foot. Some deer species are also subject to a legal hunting season. However, landholders can access a special process to suspend the normal regulations if they need to manage the impacts of wild deer.

Special process for landholders

We understand that sometimes these deer hunting restrictions mean you're not able to achieve specific management goals for your land.

If you live in one of these Local Government Areas (LGAs), the normal restrictions do not apply to game hunting licence holders you allow on your property:

  • Bega Valley
  • Glen Innes Severn
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Port Macquarie Hastings
  • Snowy Monaro
  • Snowy Valleys
  • Tenterfield
  • Upper Hunter
  • Wollongong.

If you live outside these LGAs, you are able to have the normal restrictions suspended on your land by making a simple application to the DPI Game Licensing Unit.

DPI can help you by:

  • helping to form a wild deer management plan for your properties
  • suspending the normal deer hunting restrictions
  • connecting you with licensed, volunteer hunters to help with your management objectives.

More information

Connect with game bird hunters now!

If you already hold the appropriate licences, access the hunter register to find licensed, volunteer hunters who are ready to help you manage native game ducks.

You can also add your details to the landholder register to allow available hunters to contact you and offer their help.

You can access both of these registers online, send a request for access to or call 03 5874 2983 for verbal advice.

Do native game ducks impact your agricultural production?

Everyone who needs to manage or hunt native game ducks in NSW must hold a licence and be part of the Native Game Bird Management Program.

The Program sets a high standard for hunting native ducks and provides an ethical framework that allows volunteer hunters to assist landholders to protect their crops.

There are two licences that apply to landholders:

  1. to allow hunting of game ducks on your land - Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence
  2. to hunt game ducks yourself on any land (including your own) - NSW Game Hunting Licence (General or Restricted).

1. Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence

This is the primary licence you need to allow management of native game birds on your land. It's free and there are two ways to apply:

Individual property allocations

When you apply for a management licence, you also need to let us know what species you need to manage and the kinds of impacts you are experiencing.

Based on this information, we will set an individual harvest allocation for each property attached to your licence. You will receive advice about the approved allocations when you receive your licence.

There are strict rules about how we can set allocations and also about applying to increase them. More information is in the NSW Game Hunting Guide.

2. NSW General or Restricted Game Hunting Licence

Anyone you allow on your land to hunt game species must hold one of these licences at a minimum.

G-Licence fee waived for Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence holders

If you hold a landholder licence allowing game ducks to be managed on your land, and you wish to manage them yourself rather than call on volunteer hunters, you need to hold a game hunting licence as a minimum. The normal fee is waived for you in this instance. All you need to do is submit an application form to DPI - you can do this online or by filling in a paper form.

Extra requirements for native game ducks

Before game hunting licence holders qualify to harvest game ducks on agricultural lands covered by a Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier Licence), they must pass the Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) and request they be endorsed for the program. This also applies to you if you wish to manage them yourself.

There are also special licence conditions for the program.

WIT fee waived for Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence holders

Special provision is also made to waive the normal WIT fees for landholders holding a management licence. Contact the Native Game Bird Support Team on 03 5874 2983 or to find out when a WIT is scheduled near you.

In NSW, licensing and permits to manage kangaroos or native species other than game ducks are managed by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Contact the Wildlife Licensing & Management Unit on 02 9585 6406 or

If you have fulfilled the legal requirements to manage these species and would like licensed, volunteer hunters to assist with your management objectives, contact an Approved Hunting Organisation in your area.