Great news for anyone who hunts in NSW – we are officially advised by the state’s Department of Primary Industries that from Friday, September 6, a game licence is no longer required for hunting wild deer on private property, as part of efforts to help landowners struggling with
drought and over-abundant feral deer numbers.

According to the info we have received, from September 6 2019:

  • A NSW Game Hunting Licence is no longer required to hunt wild deer on private land
  • You still require permission from the landholder and a firearms licence (if hunting with firearms) to hunt wild deer and other species on private land.
  • You still require an R-Licence and written permission to hunt wild deer and other approved species on public land in NSW
  • Affected G-Licence holders are eligible for a free upgrade to either a G-Licence endorsed for native game birds or an R-Licence (subject to meeting training requirements). Pro-rata refunds on G-licences are also available.

For more information, contact the Game Licensing Unit’s customer service team on (02) 6363 7650 during business hours (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm) for more information or to discuss your options.

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