If you’re an avid hunter, you might be considering adding a hunting trip to your Australia travel plans. Australia offers diverse wildlife and scenery, which can be appealing if you’re looking to switch up your game.
However, there are certain tips you’ll want to keep in mind while planning your trip.
Each state and territory government regulates its own hunting regulations, which result in different laws, fees, charges, and license requirements in each area.
There is quite a bit of diversity between each state and territory. For example, in Queensland, you do not have to have a hunting license but you can only hunt on private property with the landowner’s permission. New South Wales, however, allows you to participate in both recreational hunting and commercial hunting on a variety of public lands.
Even if you aren’t required to have a hunting license, all states and territories will require a firearms license. To get a firearms license, you typically have to be over 18, have a reason for wanting the license, provide identification documents, complete a firearms safety course, and pay a fee. This process will vary slightly depending on the area you obtain your license.
Before you go hunting, you’ll want to look up the regulations in your area to make sure you’re in compliance.
What You Can Hunt
If you’re hoping to shoot a kangaroo, think again. Australia has specific licenses and regulations for hunting game animals that vary by state and territory, and not all of Australia’s wildlife can be legally hunted.
Most of the common species that can be hunted in Australia are considered feral and/or pest species. These include rabbits, foxes, wild dogs, feral pigs, deer, waterfowl, and quail. Again, each state and territory may have additional species that can be hunted or may protect some of the animals listed above.
Before you hunt for any animal, make sure you can legally kill it.
Safety and Ethics
The Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia offers a Code of Conduct and general rules of etiquette. Hunters are encouraged to understand and follow principles of ethical hunting while in Australia, so that recreational hunting in Australia can continue.
In their Code of Conduct, some of the principles that are encouraged include following firearm regulations, supporting wildlife conservation, and acquiring knowledge that leads to an ethical attitude.
If you want to be a responsible hunter while in Australia, the SSAA Code of Conduct is worth a read. While it is targeted for members of the association, all hunters will learn more about the ethical hunting practices of Australia.
The SSAA also offers sections on their website that lists out the regulations for each state and territory, as well as additional information about what animals can be hunted.
What to Bring
If you decide to move forward with your Australia hunting trip, you’ll have to bring the proper gear. Luckily, if you’re already an avid hunter, you should already have most of your supplies.
Essentials include clothing, flashlights, a firearm, a takedown cleaning rod, a first-aid kit, and a bookbag filled with supplies such as rope, binoculars, a compass, and a hunting knife.
If you’re planning on making camping part of your hunting trip, you’ll need to bring the essentials for that as well.
You might also consider bringing some non-essentials, such as a video camera for hunting. Bringing a camera while hunting offers a number of benefits, such as being able to share footage from your trip with friends and family. You can also use it to film yourself shooting so that you can analyze your movements to become a better hunter.
Caring for the Environment
Australia is a beautiful place. Whether you find yourself hunting on public or private land, you’ll want to do what you can to help minimize damage to the environment. There are certain wetlands and landscapes in Australia that are fragile. Causing damage, whether intentional or unintentional, to the environment could result in a fine.
Some ways to care for the environment include:
Not destroying trees
Not destroying the nests or burrows of animals
Picking up any spent shotgun shells, wads, and cartridge cases
Properly disposing of carcasses
Picking up all trash
Driving only on formed tracks and roads
Hunting in Australia can be an enjoyable experience, but you’ll want to fully research the area you’re planning on hunting in to make sure you’re following all rules and regulations. The information above only serves as a quick starting point and is not meant to be comprehensive.
If you have already hunted in Australia, what tips do you have?