This report, produced annually by the DPI Vertebrate Pest Research Unit on behalf of DPI Hunting (formerly the Game Licensing Unit), estimates the regional populations of native game birds for the Native Game Bird Management Program.
In 2016, the Game and Pest Management Advisory Board recommended a number of research topics to the Minister for Primary Industries. Several projects were approved by the Minister and are funded from the Game and Pest Trust Fund which puts Game Hunting Licence fees to work.
The hunting economics survey is the first research project funded from the Game and Pest Management Trust through hunting licence fees.
The report shows that recreational hunting by the 19,000 NSW game hunting licence holders accounts for $119 m of Gross State Product and 860 jobs within the NSW economy. The 207,000 non-game licence holders account for between $446 m and $1,366 m of Gross State Product and between 3,932 and 11,572 jobs.
To further our knowledge of quail and pigeon species listed in the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002, University of New England conducted an 8-month study, trialling techniques to detect these species.
The study found that monitoring techniques for Brown and Stubble quail are adequate, however monitoring techniques need to be refined for Common bronzewing and Crested pigeons.
This research will provide important information should harvest quotas be considered for these species in the future.