Game Hunting Requirements, Licence Costs & Bag Limits

​​​​​​​​Game Licence Applications


Who Needs a Game Licence

Any person wishing to recreationally hunt deer, wild duck, muttonbird, wallaby, brown quail or pheasant during the gazetted open seasons in Tasmania will require a game licence. 


Firearms Licences

All persons aged eighteen years and older, who wish to take deer, duck, wallaby, brown quail or 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 14 to under 18 years of age who wish to take game species during the open 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 14 where a firearm is required to be used. Please contact Tasmanian Firearms Enquiries ​on (03) 6173 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) 6173 2720 for further information on obtaining thi​s 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 game 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 firearms 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.

Purchasing Options for Recreational Game Licences

Applicants can purchase game licences for one or more game species at the same time, or individually as required from 1 February each year. No further cost will be incurred for game licence card updates.

There are three ways to apply for a recreational game licence:

Purchases in Person from Service Tasmania shops

Any Service Tasmania shop will have recreational game licence application forms available, and will accept completed forms and payment. Payment can be made by credit or debit card, cash, or cheque. Service Tasmania shop locations can be found online.

 
The Service Tasmania shop will issue the purchaser with an interim recreational game licence receipt, as well as:
  • deer tags (if applicable); 
  • 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 recreational game licence is purchased by post the successful applicant will receive: 
  • a plastic recreational game licence card; 
  • deer tags (if applicable); 
  • a muttonbird information sheet (if applicable); 
  • a copy of Game Tracks
These will be issued within 10 working days of receipt of payment.

 
Please Note: Hunting cannot commence until the recreational game licence card and deer tags (if required) are received in the mail.

Purchases Online

When a recreational game licence is purchased online, an interim recreational game licence receipt will be issued. A Print Receipt reminder will be provided in the online application process. The interim recreational game licence receipt is valid until the plastic recreational game licence card is received for all species other than deer. 

 
When a recreational game licence is purchase online the successful applicant will receive:
a plastic game licence card;
deer tags (if applicable); 
a muttonbird information sheet (if applicable); and 
a copy of Game Tracks 

 
These will be issued within 10 working days of receipt of payment. 

 
Please note: the interim recreational game licence receipt 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.

 
Receipts issued online for deer CANNOT be used to authorise deer hunting.

 

 

Renewal Applications

Renewal Application Forms are posted to hunters who held a recreational game licence during the previous year, and provided their seasonal take return (harvest) information where applicable.


Pension Concession

A 20 percent discount on the cost of a licence is available for holders of the following, current concession cards:
  • Pensioner concession Card (Centrelink/Department of Human Services or DVA);
  • Centrelink/DHS* Health Care Card (or for beneficiaries and/or dependants named on a Health Care Card); or
  • Tasmanian Seniors Card
Children under the age of 18 years 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.

Game Licence Cards (Plastic)

If the plastic game licence card is not received within 10 working days, please contact the Wildlife Management Branch on the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Licence Numbers

Each new recreational 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.

Lost or Damaged Game Licence Cards or Tags

Game Licence Cards

If a plastic recreational game licence card is lost or damaged a replacement may be requested by completing a recreational game licence application form and selecting the application type "I want to replace a lost or damaged current game licence card".

Deer Tags

Lost or damaged deer tags may be replaced. Please contact the Wildlife Management Branch on the contact details at the bottom of the page to arrange a replacement. 

 
A statutory declaration must be completed and submitted prior to a replacement tag being issued.

Seasonal Take Returns

At the close of every game season the Wildlife Management Branch will contact recreational game licence holders requesting information on their hunting activity. T​​​his occurs in July each year and includes each game species except wallaby.

 
This information is required annually from hunters. Information collected is used to ensure the sustainable management of Tasmanian's game species, and forms the basis of the game season reports provided in Game Tracks

 
Licence holders that provide their take information are automatically sent a licence renewal application for the following game seasons.

 
Take information is required in written form. Forms are available for completion at any Service Tasmania shop.

 
Please note: A recreational game licence holder who does not provide their take informtion as required will not receive a renewal application in the post, and will not be able to purchase a recreational game licence for the following game season, until the take information is submitted.

Introduced Pest Animals that may be Hunted

Rabbits

Rabbits are classified as vermin under the Vermin Control Ac​t 2000 and may be hunted at any time on Crown land, State forest and on private land with the permission of the landholder. There is no bag limit and rabbits are normally taken with shotguns and rimfire rifles, although any non-prohibited firearm may be used.

Hares

Hares, while not classified as vermin, have no legal status and can be hunted under the same conditions that apply for rabbits.


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 and landowners can assist these programs by reporting any sightings of feral pigs and goats to the Wildlife Management Branch on the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Application Forms

     Game Licence Application   (3Mb)

Data Forms and Information Sheets

  Tasmanian Antlerless Deer Harvest Data Form   (208Kb)​
  Tasmanian Buck Harvest Data Form   (203Kb)​



 

Waterfowl Identification Test Certificate (WIT)

To obtain a recreational game licence for wild duck forst time applicants must produce their Waterfowl Identification Test Certificate. 

 
Applicants born in the year 1935 or prior to 1935 are exempt from this test.

Waterfowl Identification Test certificates issued in Queensland are not recognised in Tasmania.

 


 

Hunting Regulations - including Bag Limits

General Regulations Applicable to all Species

There are a number of regulations applicable to all species, subject to an open season:
  • Hunting at night is prohibited. In this instance night means the period between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise;
  • The use of baits, live decoys, traps, snares, spears, bows and arrows, explosives, poison, bird lime and chemical compounds is prohibited;
  • Solid jacketed military ammunition is prohibited; and
  • The use of dogs to catch, kill, or injure wildlife is prohibited.

The laws that govern hunting in Tasmanian can be viewed at www.thelaw.tas.gov.au. Search for the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010.

Deer (Fallow)

Licence fee: $66.75 Conc. $55.80
Bag Limit: One adult male deer and two antlerless deer or three antlerless deer
Spikies may not be taken.

Regulation Snapshot:
  • Deer may only be taken with a legal firearm using a minimum legal firearm calibre of not less than 6mm, which is capable of delivering a projectile having kinetic energy of 1350 joules at a distance of 100 metres from the rifle. It is suggested a calibre .243 or greater be used;
  • The use of dogs and spotlights are not permitted for taking deer;
  • The head of a deer must not be removed or the body severed at a place other than the usual residence of the recreational game licence holder, unless the recreational game licence holder labels all the parts with their name, address, deer licence number and tag number;
  • A hunter must immediately tag each deer they take with the official tag issued to them with their recreational game licence;
  • When taking adult male deer fix and lock the tag to the antler between the brow tine and the trez tine.
  • When taking antlerless deer fix and lock the tag through the lower jaw.
  • Refer also to Animal Welfare Guidelines - Hunting of Wild Fallow Deer in Tasmania
A Category B endorsement is required on Tasmanian Minor permits or firearm licences when an applicant is purchasing a recreational game licence for deer.

 

Central Highlands Deer Ballot

The Central Highlands Deer Ballot has been running since 2007 and includes the Top Marshes, Great Western Tiers, and Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Areas. Ideally, these three areas of land are for recreational hunters who have not secured access to other areas of private or state land. The ballot operates during the adult male deer season and the first doe season held during March each year. Hunting for the second doe season is available to successful ballot hunters through an expression interest process.

 
Ballot Administration
  • Ballot Coordinator
    Regan Parkinson Game Management Unit 03 6777 2084, 0439 736 314 or regan.parkinson@dpipwe.tas.gov.au (Alternative contact:  Matt Jones 0407 807 330 or matt.jones@dpipwe.tas.gov.au).

  • Hunter Representative
    One hunter representative is required to act on behalf of a hunting party (maximum number of hunters is 4 per party). This representative will need to register the interests of their hunting party and complete an application form to secure an entry into the ballot.

  • Ballot Process 
    Recreational hunters interested in entering the ballot are encouraged to make contact with the ballot co-ordinator in mid-January - early February to put forward an expression of interest on behalf of their hunting party.

  • Ballot Closing Date
    Close of business Friday 9th February 2018.

  • Draw Date
    Mid morning Tuesday 13th February 2018 at Prospect Government Offices.

  • Notification of Success
    The ballot coordinator will contact hunter party representatives via telephone after the ballot is complete and forward via mail the necessary permits, maps and documentation prior to the season opening.

  • Issue of Permits
    The necessary permits and maps will be mailed to successful ballot applicants

  Deer Ballot Conservation Areas Application Form   (170Kb)


 

Ballot Areas

Top Marshes Conservation Area

Top Marshes Conservation Area is south of Little Pine Lagoon and is most easily accessed via Monpeelyata Road.  You will observe appropriate signage along the road to let you know where the block of land starts.  This block in total is approximately 2,370 hectares and is limited to a maximum of 3 hunter parties or 12 recreational hunters during a weekend or weekday ballot term. ​.

Top Marshes Conservation Area
Click on the image above to view a larger size

Hunter Returns Top Marshes 2008 - 2017​ ​ ​
 
# ReturnsBucks TakenDoes TakenBucks SeenDoes SeenUnknown Seen
2008281011116
200912002116
2010700202
2011220014342
201211013123
2013
13227224
20141400054
2015
14​
0
0
4
2
0
​2016
​19
​0
​0
​12
​19

​3

​2017​16​2​1​17​72​8
Totals 1565
4
72
188
235
Great Western Tiers Conservation Area
The Great Western Tiers Conservation Area is located north of Lake Sorell and is most easily accessed via Tunbridge Tier Road.  You will observe appropriate signage along the Forestry Road indicating where this land boundary begins.  This block in total is approximately 22, 492 hectares and is limited to a maximum of 4 hunter parties or 16 recreational hunters during a weekend or weekday ballot term.


Map of Great Western Tiers Conservation Area
Click on the image above to view a larger size


 

Hunter Returns Great Western Tiers 2008 - 2017 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
 
# ReturnsBucks TakenDoes TakenBucks SeenDoes SeenUnknown Seen
2008432018019
20091520162912
2010171120427
2011221082311
2012252011266
201311017236
2014900460
2015

9
00392
​2016
​27
​1
​0
​7
​43
​0
​2017​21​0​3​2​14​2
Totals 199 9
5 96
215
65


 

Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Areas
Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation is located just south of Shannon Lagoon and the easiest access is via Barren Plains Road. This block is approximately 483 hectares and is limited to one hunting party or four recreational hunters during a weekend or weekday ballot term.

Map for Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Areas
Click on the image above to view a larger size


 

Hunter Returns 5 Mile Pinnacles 2008 - 2017 ​ ​ ​ ​
 

# PermitsBucks TakenDoes TakenBucks SeenDoes SeenUnknown Seen
20085002240
200910002240
20107008415
20113003143
20121600171510
201310119378
201411008513
2015

13007220
​2016
​20
​0
​10
​7
​112
​10
​2017​9​0​0​5​43​13
Totals104
111
68
519
42


 

Wild Duck

Licence fee: $31.00 Conc $24.80
A bag limit of 10 ducks per day applies when taking ducks

Species:
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.

Regulation Snapshot:
  • Decoys, including feathered decoys, are permitted when taking ducks in Tasmania, but the use of any bait, live birds, tape recorders or other electronic devices is prohibited;
  • The use of boats propelled by an engine is prohibited when taking ducks;
  • The use of aircraft for rousing ducks is prohibited;
  • Ducks may only be taken with shotguns not exceeding 12 gauge;
  • Duck hunters are not permitted to use lead shot when hunting over wetlands, lakes, dams, harbours, esturies, lagoons, rivers, creeks, canals or other watercourses, whether on public or private property;
  • Hunters must retain either the head or the wings on a harvested duck until the hunter has arrived at their normal place of residence, shack or camp;
  • Hunters must produce their Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) Certificate the first time they purchase a recreational game licence to hunt duck. Thereafter, verification will occur via the game licence database. Applicants born on or before 1935 are exempt from this test;
  • Refer also to the Animal Welfare Guidelines - Hunting Wild Duck In Tasmania; and
  • Waterfowl Identification Test certificates issued in Queensland are not recognised in Tasmania.


Tasmanian Duck Avian Influenza Survey:

DPIPWE's Health Laboratories continue to call for biological samples from harvested ducks throughout the year to test for avian influenza.  The collection of duck samples is not mandatory.

If you are keen to assist, the most useful samples are those where the head and the guts from individual birds are retained in separate bags and the bag is labelled with the date and area the duck was shot. These samples need to be kept as cool as possible (in a esky with ice bricks, or in a shade covered with a damp cloth), or in a deep freezer. Arrangements can be made for thier collection from anywhere in the State. 

Plastic bags and labelling pens can be provided upon request.  If you think you may be able to assist and would like further information please contact Sue Martin or Bruce Jackson on (03) 6777 2155 or 0407 872 520.

Duck Harvest Data Form

Hunters can assist The Wildlife Management Branch with input into future management and research of wild duck in Tasmania by completing the Duck Season Harvest Data Sheet. Any samples provided will be automatically made available to the Health Laboratories for Avian Influenza testing. Return details are provided on the forms. 


Short-tailed Shearwater (Muttonbird)

Licence fee: $31.00 Conc $24.80
A bag limit of 25 muttonbirds per day applies to colonies in King Island Group, Hunter Group and Furneaux Group. 
A bag limit of 15 muttonbirds per day applies on Tasmanian mainland colonies.

A muttonbird information sheet is given out with each muttonbird game licence purchased. Alternatively a copy can be obtained by contacting the Wildlife Management Branch on the details at the bottom of the page. 

 
Please note: The taking of muttonbird from any other colonies other than those listed is illegal.​

Regulation Snapshot:
  • The use of pointed, sharpened, barbed, hook shaped, or sharpened implements are prohibited.
  • Dogs may not be used.
  • Interfering with muttonbird burrows during the closed season or without a licence during the open season is prohibited.
  • a recreational game licence is issued to one person only. The taking of muttonbirds under another person's licence (including that of a family member) is illegal.
  • Chicks are to be killed quickly and humanely in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 1993.
  • Refer also to Animal Welfare Guidelines - Humane Killing of Muttonbirds (Shearwaters)

Bennett's and Rufous (Tasmanian Pademelon) Wallaby

Non-commercial Licence Fee: $31.00 Conc $24.80
Commercial Licence Fee: $62.00
There is no bag limit for either of these wallaby species.
A Commercial Wallaby Hunter's Licence is required to allow the sale of wallaby product. The twelve month recreational hunting season on bennett's and rufous wallaby includes King Island and Flinders Island.

Regulation Snapshot:​
  • The use of snares and steel-jawed traps is prohibited;
  • The use of spotlights and shooting from a vehicle are prohibited;
  • A landholder can obtain a crop protection permit​ to allow shooting from a vehicle with the aid of a spotlight;
  • A landholder may issue a copy of their permit to licensed hunters to enable themto assist in the control of wallaby;
  • Any adult female wallaby taken must be examined for pouch young, which should be humanely killed without delay; and
  • Refer also to Animal Welfare Guidelines - Hunting of Wallaby's in Tasmania
The Wildlife Management Branch does not require take information from wallaby game licence holders. The wallaby harvest is monitored using property specific take figures from wallaby crop protection permit holders.

 
Exempt from the requirement for a recreational wallaby game licence is the property owner, manager, their immediate family members, or full-time employees who have been issued with crop protection permits.

In addition to the above exemptions, any person under 18 years of age who may be accessing properties under a wallaby crop protection permit, 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 recreational wallaby game licence.


Brown Quail

Licence fee: $31.00 Conc $24.80
A bag limit of 20 birds per day applies when taking brown quail.

Species:
Only brown quail may be taken. Other species such as stubble quail and painted quail are wholly protected and may not be taken.

Regulation Snapshot:
  • Quail may only be taken with shotguns, not exceeding 12 gauge.

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 and 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.


Ringneck Pheasant

Licence Fee: $15.50 Conc. $12.40
A bag limit of three adult male birds per day apllies during the season.

Regulation Snapshot:
  • The open season applies only to male birds on King Island; and
  • Pheasants may only be taken with a shotgun not exceeding 12 gauge.

To obtain a licence, hunters are encouraged to:
  • become a member of the King Island Game Bird Association; and​
  • ensure you have permission to access land for hunting.

Contact

Wildlife Management Branch
134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253
Email: wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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