Shut the gate on illegal hunting

Landholders - complete the illegal hunting survey

NSW Department of Primary Industries is working with the NSW Farmers Association and NSW Police Force to learn about illegal hunting experiences in NSW. Your responses will be used to guide a coordinated strategy to Shut the gate on illegal hunting in NSW.

Complete the illegal hunting survey


Illegal hunting is a scourge on rural communities in NSW and tarnishes the reputation of ethical, responsible hunters.

The DPI Game Licensing Unit works closely with Police to detect and deter illegal hunting in NSW, to the benefit of the community. The Shut the gate on illegal hunting program, in partnership with the NSW Police Force, is part of a larger campaign to shut the gate on rural crime in NSW.

Report illegal hunting

A banner asking people to report illegal hunting when they see it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Shut the gate gives the community the ability to report illegal hunting and notify agencies of an issue. Managed through Crime Stoppers, you can either phone (1800 333 000) or use the online form to quickly and easily submit your report, which will be sent to both NSW Police and DPI for action.

Remember, in an emergency always call 000.

Phone: 1800 333 000
Online report: Visit the Crime Stoppers website


An image 'icon' representing the Get Permission App - look for this icon in the AppStore or GooglePlay.

Download the Get Permission App

Download the DPI Game Licensing Unit's Get Permission App today! Created in partnership with the NSW Police Force, Get Permission is another tool to help hunters, landholders and local communities to Shut the gate on illegal hunting.

Get Permission connects hunters with landholders, allowing them to manage permissions to hunt on private land using a simple interface. Keep your records in one place, store important documents and provide your permissions to authorities when requested.

Private and secure ‐ your permission requests, approvals or denials are only stored on your phone ‐ DPI and the NSW Police Force do not have access to view activity across the app.

A quick read code that you can scan with your phone that takes you to the Apple AppStore.

Hunters:

  • easily request permission to hunt from landholders.
  • maintain a record of permission requests and approvals
  • store your permissions and licences in one place
  • email copies of your permissions.

Landholders:

A quick read code that you can scan with your phone that takes you to the Android GooglePlay.

  • only hunters you authorise may contact you
  • approve or decline permission to hunt requests using your phone
  • maintain a record of permission requests and approvals
  • easily revoke approved permissions
  • email copies of permission requests.

Download the App today from the AppStore or GooglePlay.

Read Primefact 1632: Get Permission with the new App for more information.

You can also read some Frequently Asked Questions about the App.

Signs of illegal hunting

If you see any of the following, it may be a sign of illegal hunting activity in that area:

  • spent cartridges
  • signs with bullet holes
  • dead or injured animals with gunshot or other trauma wounds
  • arrows left in paddocks
  • unusual vehicles or vehicles with their number plates missing or obscured
  • stray hunting dogs, often without a microchip or a collar without identification.

Community awareness and private landholder kits

Primefact 1498: Shut the gate on illegal hunting discusses the program in more detail, including what to look out for and the best information you can provide.

Primefact 1508: Using infrared surveillance cameras gives landholders information on how to purchase and use an infrared surveillance camera to track rural crime on their land.

New signs are being placed in State forests around NSW, advertising the program. There's also a new Private Landholder Kit containing private property signs, stickers and a range of other useful information to enable prompt reporting of incidents.

If you know a landholder who is affected by illegal hunting, have them get in touch with us. We'll arrange to send them a Shut the gate on illegal hunting landholder kit.

If you would like a sticker for your car, ute, trailer or gun safe, email game.licensing@dpi.nsw.gov.au and we’ll get one to you.