Game Hunting Requirements, Licence Costs & Bag Limits


Game Licence Applications

Who Needs a Game Licence

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.

New Applicants

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 web page on this site or by downloading the Application Form from this site, or contacting the Wildlife Management Branch of the Department on (03) 6165 4302 or (03) 6165 4305.

Renewal Applicants

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 2014.

Firearms Licences

All persons aged eighteen years 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 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 Game Licences

Hunters can purchase game licences for one or more species at the same time. Licences can also be bought individually as required, by payment of the prescribed fee. No further cost will be incurred for game licence card updates.

Game Licences for the 2014 hunting seasons can be purchased from 1 February 2014 by any of the following options:
  • In person at any Service Tasmania Shop
  • By filling in an application form and mailing it to the Wildlife Management Branch, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment at GPO Box 44, Hobart 7001. Please send only a cheque or money order made out to Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
  • Online at: gamelicences.dpipwe.tas.gov.au. Credit cards accepted Visa, MasterCard or Amex.

Purchases in Person from Service Tasmania

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 (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.


Pension Concession

There is a 20% discount for pensioners holding the following concession cards:
  • a current Pensioner concession Card (Centrelink/DHS* or DVA)
  • a current Centrelink/DHS* Health Care Card (or for beneficiaries and/or dependants named on a Health Care Card)
  • a Tasmanian Seniors Card
* Department of Human Services
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.

Game Licence Cards (Plastic)

If the plastic game licence card is not received within 10 working days, please contact the Wildlife Management Branch on (03) 6165 4302 or (03) 6165 4305.

Licence Numbers

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.

Lost or Damaged Game Licence Cards or Tags

Game Licence Cards

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".

Deer Tags

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) 6165 4302 or (03) 6165 4305 to arrange a replacement. A statutory declaration must be completed and submitted prior to a replacement tag being issued.

Take Returns

Each year after the closure of game seasons for all species other than Bennett's and Rufous Wallaby (BRW), a Take Request letter is mailed separately to those hunters who were licensed in that year asking for each hunter's species Take for the season. When Take information is not received by the Department as requested, then a hunter will not receive a Renewal Application in the post for the following game seasons. It will also mean that the hunter will not be able to purchase another game licence until they have made contact with the Wildlife Management Branch.

Introduced Pest Animals that may be Hunted

Rabbits

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

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

Foxes

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.

Application Forms

  Recreational Game Licence Application 2014   (3Mb)

Data Forms and Information Sheets

2014 Anterless Harvest Data sheets
2014 Buck Harvest Data sheet
2014 Muttonbird Information sheet
2014 Brown Quail Survey Record Sheet
2014 Duck Harvest Data sheet

Waterfowl Identification Test Certificate (WIT)

Game licence Applicants purchasing a Wild Duck licence for the first time must produce their Waterfowl Identification Test Certificate to obtain a game licence for Wild Duck. 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.

Waterfowl Identification Test Application Form

Hunting Regulations - including Bag Limits

General Regulations Applicable to all Species

There are a number of regulations applicable to all species. The important ones are listed below.
  • Hunting at night is prohibited. (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.
  • Hunters must produce their current Firearms Licence to obtain a game licence unless they are exempt under the Firearms Act 1996 and the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010.

Deer (Fallow)

Licence fee: $65.70 Conc. $52.55
Bag Limit: One adult male deer and one antlerless deer or two antlerless deer
Spikies may not be taken.

Regulation Snapshot:
  • Only to be taken with a firearm. Minimum legal firearm calibre of not less than 6mm and which is capable of delivering a projectile having kinetic energy of 1350 joules at a distance of 100 metres from the rifle. Suggested a calibre .243 or greater be used.
  • Dogs and spotlights are not permitted for taking deer.
  • The head of a deer must not be removed or the body severed, unless the hunter labels all the parts with their name, address, deer licence number and tag number.
  • All deer taken must be immediately tagged by the hunter using the tag issued to that hunter.
  • Adult male deer - fix and lock the tag to the antler between the brow tine and the trez tine.
  • 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 game licence for deer.

Central Highlands Deer Ballot

The Central Highlands Deer Ballot has been running since 2007 and includes the Great Western Tiers, Top Marshes 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.

Ballot Administration

Ballot Process:Recreational hunters interested in entering the ballot are encouraged to make contact with the Ballot Co-ordinator in late January - early February to put forward an expression of interest on behalf of their hunting party.
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 provide all of the following information to secure an entry into the ballot.
Ballot Closing Date:Close of business Friday 8 February 2013
Draw Date:Mid morning Tuesday 12 February 2013 at Forestry Tasmania offices, Perth.
Ballot Co-ordinator:David Leguis, Game Management Unit
Phone Office: (03) 6336 5342
Mobile: 0428 535 258
Fax: (03) 6336 5311
Email: David.Leguis@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Notification of Success:If successful the Ballot Co-ordinator will contact each hunter party representative via telephone either directly after the ballot is complete or during the following week (20 - 24 February) and forward via mail the necessary permits, maps and documentation prior to the season opening.
Permit Return:After the season there is a requirement to return completed permits.

  Deer Ballot Conservation Areas Application Form   (75Kb)

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
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Hunter Returns Top Marshes 2008-2012
Returns
Bucks Taken
Does Taken
Bucks Seen
Does Seen
Unknown Seen
2008
28
1
0
11
11
6
2009
12
0
0
2
11
6
2010
7
0
0
2
0
2
2011
22
0
0
14
34
2
2012
11
0
1
3
12
3
Totals
80
1
1
32
68
19

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
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Hunter Returns Great Western Tiers 2008-2012
Returns
Bucks Taken
Does Taken
Bucks Seen
Does Seen
Unknown Seen
2008
43
2
0
18
19
2009
15
2
0
16
29
12
2010
17
1
1
20
42
7
2011
22
1
0
8
23
11
2012
25
2
0
11
26
6
Totals
122
8
1
73
120
55

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
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Hunter Returns Five Mile Pinnacles 2008-2012
Returns
Bucks Taken
Does Taken
Bucks Seen
Does Seen
Unknown Seen
2008
5
0
0
2
24
2009
10
0
0
2
24
2010
7
0
0
8
41
5
2011
3
0
0
3
14
3
2012
16
0
0
17
151
Totals
41
0
0
32
254
8


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 completing the Tasmanian Antlerless Deer Harvest Data Form and the Tasmanian Buck Harvest Data Form. Once completed please return forms to the address provided on the forms.

Wild Duck

Licence fee: $29.20 Conc. $23.35
Bag Limit: 10 ducks per day.

Legal 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 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 for taking ducks.
  • Aircraft are prohibited for rousing ducks.
  • Shooting duck between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise is prohibited.
  • Ducks may only be taken with shotguns not exceeding 12 gauge.
  • Hunters must retain either the head or the wings on a harvested duck until the hunter has arrived at his normal place of residence, shack or camp.
  • Hunters must produce their Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) Certificate the first time they wish to obtain a licence. Thereafter, verification will occur via the game licence database. Applicants born on or before 1935 are exempt from this test.
Waterfowl Identification Test certificates issued in Queensland are not recognised in Tasmania.

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: $29.20 Conc. $23.35
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) 6165 4302 or (03) 6165 4305 or download the information sheet. The taking of muttonbird from any other colonies other than those listed is illegal.

Regulation Snapshot:
  • Night-birding is prohibited ("night" is between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise).
  • Pointed, sharpened, barbed or hook shaped or sharpened implements are prohibited.
  • Dogs may not be used.
  • Interfering with burrows during the closed season or without a licence during the open season is prohibited.
  • Licences are issued to one person only. The taking of muttonbirds under another person's licence (including family member) is illegal.
  • Chicks are to be killed quickly and humanely in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 1993.

Wallaby (Bennett's and Rufous)

Non-commercial Licence Fee: $29.20
Commercial Licence Fee: $58.40
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.

Regulation Snapshot:
  • The use of snares and steel-jawed traps is prohibited.
  • The use of spotlights and shooting from a vehicle is prohibited.
  • Landowners can obtain crop protection permits that allow shooting from a vehicle with the aid of a spotlight.
  • Landowners may issue copies of the permit to licensed hunters to assist in the control of wallaby.
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.


Brown Quail

Licence Fee: $29.20 Conc. $23.35
Bag Limit: 20 per day

Legal 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: $14.40 Conc. $11.50
Bag Limit: Three male birds per day.

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

To obtain a licence, hunters are encouraged to:
  • become a member of the King Island Game Bird Association; and
  • obtain from the Association, a Hunter Authority Card giving permission to access land for hunting.

Contact

Permits & Licensing
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6233 3477
Email: wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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