Game Hunting Requirements, Licence Costs & Bag Limits
Any person wishing to take deer, wild duck, muttonbird, wallaby, brown quail or pheasant during the gazetted open seasons will require a licence. Game licences are for recreational hunting within prescribed seasons.
If you did not hold a game licence for the previous season (ie you missed buying a licence in a season) or you are a new applicant then application forms are available from Service Tasmania Shops, the Recreational Game Licences website: www.gamelicences.dpipwe.tas.gov.au or by downloading the Application Form from this site, or contacting the Wildlife Management Branch of the Department on (03) 6233 6299 or (03) 6233 2520.
Prior to each year's new game seasons, Renewal Application Forms for recreational game licences are posted to those hunters who had a game licence during the previous year's game seasons and who provided their seasonal Take information. This Renewal Application Form will be received by hunters in the week prior to 1 February 2013.
All persons aged eighteen and older who wish to take deer, duck, wallaby, brown quail and pheasant will require a current firearms licence. Current firearm licences issued from all Australian states or territories will be accepted.
If an applicant is purchasing a game licence for deer then the Tasmanian Minor permit or firearm licence must have a Category B endorsement.
Persons aged between 16 years to under 18 years of age who wish to take game species during the season must hold a current Tasmanian Minors (Firearms) Permit to use a firearm. Game Licences will not be issued to a person under the age of 16 years where a firearm is required to be used. Please contact Tasmanian Firearms Enquiries on (03) 6230 2720 for further information.
Overseas firearms licences are not recognised in Tasmania. It is necessary for a Tasmanian exemption permit to be obtained. Please contact Tasmanian Firearm Enquiries on (03) 6230 2720 for further information on obtaining this exemption.
All Applicants must provide their current firearm’s licence details when purchasing a game licence if a firearm is required for the species type being purchased. A game licence is only valid in conjunction with a current firearm’s licence (not applicable to muttonbird licences).
All Applicants including those with Renewal Applications applying for a game licence by post who do not provide their current firearm’s licence on their application (where a firearm is required to take a species) will have their application returned to them without processing.
Applicants purchasing via the post or online through the game licensing website may be required to produce their firearm’s licence for verification.
Applicant’s firearm licences, minor’s firearm permits and international visitor firearm exemptions must be sighted by Service Tasmania Staff when a game licence is purchased in person by either the applicant or the applicant’s agent.
When an applicant is purchasing a wallaby game licence only so that they can participate in a crop protection activity (spotlight permit) as a non-shooting participant, (for example, as a spotlight holder or driver), then tick the firearm exempt box on the game licence application form.
Game Licences for the 2013 hunting seasons can be purchased from 1 February 2013 by any of the following options:
When a licence is purchased, an interim recreational game licence receipt is issued together with deer tags, a muttonbird information sheet (if applicable) and a copy of Game Tracks.The interim recreational game licence receipt may be used in the field when hunting, as a temporary licence until the plastic game licence card is received. A plastic game licence card listing the licence types that have been issued and the season dates, will be mailed to the address provided by the Applicant within 10 working days.
Purchases sent through the Post to Wildlife Management Branch
When a licence is purchased by post, a plastic game licence card listing the licence types that have been issued, the season dates and deer tags, a muttonbird information sheet (if applicable) and a Game Tracks magazine, will be mailed to the address provided within 10 working days. Hunting cannot commence until the plastic game licence card and tags (if required) are received in the mail.
Purchases through the Internet
When a licence is purchased through the Internet (www.gamelicences.dpipwe.tas.gov.au), an interim recreational game licence receipt will be issued. The interim game licence receipt is valid until the plastic game licence card is received. A plastic game licence card listing the licence types that have been issued, the season dates, deer tags, a muttonbird information sheet (if required) and a Game Tracks magazine, will be mailed to the address provided within 10 working days. The interim recreational game licence receipt ("print receipt" reminder provided when purchasing online) can be used in the field as a temporary licence for all licence types except deer. In this case hunting cannot commence until the deer tags are received in the mail.
There is a 20% discount for pensioners holding the following concession cards:
Children under the age of 18 are entitled to a concession only if they have their own concession card or are named as dependants by their parents on one of the above concession cards.
If the plastic game licence card is not received within 10 working days, please contact the Wildlife Management Branch on (03) 6233 6299 or (03) 6233 2520.
Each new game licence applicant is issued with a unique licence number. This number is identified on the Renewal Application on the interim recreational game licence receipt and the plastic game licence card.
If your game licence card (plastic) is lost or damaged a replacement may be requested by filling out a Game Licence application form and ticking or selecting the application type “I want to replace a lost or damaged current game licence card”.
Lost or damaged deer tags may be replaced. Please contact the Wildlife Management Branch in person, (Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street Hobart) or by phone on (03) 6233 6299 or (03) 6233 2520 to arrange a replacement. A Statutory Declaration must be completed and submitted prior to a replacement tag being issued.
Rabbits are classified as vermin under the Vermin Control Act 2000 and may be hunted at any time on Crown Land, State Forest and on private land with the permission of the landowner. There is no bag limit and rabbits are normally taken with shotguns and rimfire rifles, although any non-prohibited firearm may be used.
Hares, while not classified as vermin, have no legal status and can be hunted under the same conditions that apply for rabbits.
Foxes are classified as vermin under the Vermin Control Act 2000 and may be hunted at any time on Crown Land, State Forest and on private land with the permission of the landowner. The Fox Eradication Program would appreciate any information on foxes sighted or shot in Tasmania.
Feral Domestic Animals
Some domestic animals such as pigs and goats have become feral and programs have been implemented to reduce these wild populations. Hunters can assist in these programs by reporting any sightings of feral pigs and goats to DPIPWE officers.
2013 Anterless Harvest Data sheets
2013 Buck Harvest Data sheet
2013 Muttonbird Information sheet
Brown Quail Survey Record Sheet
2013 Duck Harvest Data sheet
Waterfowl Identification Test certificates issued in Queensland are not recognised in Tasmania.
Waterfowl Identification Test Application Form
There are a number of regulations applicable to all species. The important ones are listed below.
Licence fee: $64.80 Conc. $51.85
Bag Limit: One adult male deer and one antlerless deer or two antlerless deer
Spikies may not be taken.
Top Marshes Conservation Area
Great Western Tiers Conservation Area
Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Areas
Fallow Deer Harvest Data forms - changes to form and distribution
Tasmanian Fallow Deer Harvest Data forms are no longer being provided within Game Tracks. Hunters can continue to assist the Department with input into future management and research of fallow deer in Tasmania by downloading the forms below and once completed, returning them to the Wildlife Management Branch at the address provided on the forms. Wildlife Management Branch staff can also assist hunters or property owners by providing forms on request.
Licence fee: $28.80 Conc. $23.05
Bag Limit: 10 ducks per day.
Only Black duck, Grey teal, Chestnut teal, Mountain duck and Wood duck may be taken. Other species may be encountered in Tasmania but may not be taken. These include Blue-winged shoveler, Hardhead (or White-eyed) duck, Musk duck, Freckled duck, Pink-eared duck, Blue-billed duck and Plumed tree duck.
Tasmanian Duck Season Harvest Data Form:
Samples from harvested ducks are useful to build a picture of the sex and age compositions of the harvested ducks each season. Hybridisation in black ducks has also been analysed by the University of Melbourne from the duck samples supplied by Tasmanian hunters and samples are also made available for analysis by DPIPWE's Health Laboratories for avian influenza.
The collection of duck samples is not mandatory. The most useful samples are those where a head and a wing from individual birds are retained in separate bags. Any hunter wishing to have plastic bags supplied is encouraged to contact a member of the Game Management Unit. Contact numbers are available on the duck harvest data form:
Short-tailed Shearwater (Muttonbird)
Licence fee: $28.80 Conc. $23.05
Bag limit: 25 per day for open colonies in King Island Group, Hunter Group and Furneaux Group. A limit of 15 per day applies on Tasmanian mainland colonies that are open for hunting.
A 'Non-commercial (Recreational) Muttonbird Season 2013 – Open Colonies' schedule is given out with each muttonbird game licence purchased or a copy can be obtained by phoning the Wildlife Management Branch on (03) 6233 6299 or (03) 62332520 or download the information sheet. The taking of muttonbird from any other colonies other than those listed is illegal.
Wallaby (Bennett's and Rufous)
Non-commercial Licence Fee: $28.80
Commercial Licence Fee: $57.60
Bag Limit: none for either wallaby species.
Only a Commercial Licence authorises the sale of wallaby products. This includes skins and meat for pet food or human consumption.
With a 12 month wallaby game season, we remind hunters including drivers, spotlighters, and carcass collectors, who are accessing properties for the purpose of hunting under a crop protection (spotlight) permit or wildlife management authority, that they will need to make sure they have the appropriate seasonal recreational wallaby game licence – the 2012 season will finish on 24/02/2013, the 2013 season will start on 25/02/2013.
Exempt from the requirement for a wallaby game licence is the property owner, manager, their immediate family members, or full-time employees who have been issued with crop protection (spotlight) permits or wildlife management authorities.
In addition to the above exemptions, any person under 18 years of age who may be accessing properties under a crop protection (spotlight) permit or wildlife management authority, who will not be a shooting participant but will be assisting in the shoot by holding a spotlight, driving or collecting carcases, does not need a wallaby game licence.
Licence Fee: $28.80 Conc. $23.05
Bag Limit: 20 per day
Only Brown Quail may be taken. Other species such as Stubble Quail and Painted Quail are wholly protected and may not be taken.
Brown Quail Surveys:
To assist with future management decisions in relation to take areas for Brown Quail, we encourage hunters to complete the Brown Quail Survey Record Sheet that can be downloaded from the link below and once completed, return it to the Wildlife Management Branch at the address provided on the form.
Wildlife Management staff can also assist hunters by proving copies of forms on request.
Licence Fee: $14.40 Conc. $11.50
Bag Limit: Three male birds per day.
To obtain a licence, hunters are encouraged to:
Contact: Permits & LicensingGPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6233 6299
Fax: 03 6233 3477
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