COVID-19 Hunting FAQs

​​​What are the restrictions on where I can go​ hunting?

Reserved land will reopen for hunting from 3 pm on Friday 5 June. 

Private farms may still be closed or have restricted access. Permission should be sought from the landholder before entering private properties.

Where can I find information​ about hunting restrictions?

Information is also available from:

How far can I travel in order to hunt?

From 3pm on Friday 5 June, you can travel across the state to go hunting. You can also stay at shacks or accommodation businesses. 

Camping is permitted but some camping areas and sites remain closed while additional health and safety measures are put in place. Visit the Parks and Wildlife Service​ website to check which areas will be open.

Can I go camping as part of my recreational hunting and fishing ​activity?

Yes, but some camping areas and sites remain closed while additional health and safety measure are put in place. Visit the Parks and Wildlife Service​ website to check which areas will be open.

How many people c​an I go hunting with?

A maximum group size of 20 people will apply to all gatherings, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres applicable. 

What procedures should I put in place when I go hunting?

Check with the landholder to determine whether you can access the land and what precautions the landholder may want you to take while on their property.

Hunters should maintain personal hygiene practices such as washing hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, as well as coughing or sneezing into a tissue or flexed elbow if a tissue is not available, and staying at least 1.5 metres apart. Read about how to apply physical distancing rules.

Am I able to buy equipment/things I need to go hunting/fuel for my boat and other e​ssentials?

Yes, as long as the business is not a prohibited venue or service.

​​Can I go muttonbirding?

No. The muttonbird season closed on 19 April 2020.

What g​​ame seasons are open?

Seasons are currently open on wild deer, wallaby and wild duck. 

The pheasant season on King Island will be open during the period 6-7 June inclusive. 

Hunters must observe any restrictions on access to the land on which they wish to hunt. 

Will I receive a refund for my Ga​​me Licence?

No refunds will be given for deer, duck and wallaby game licences as these seasons commenced prior to COVID-19 restrictions.

If you have purchased a muttonbird or pheasant licence and could not hunt due to the COVID-19 restricted movement or hunting arrangements you are able to apply for a refund.  ​See Recreational Game Licences​ for details.

As a landholder, can I still take browsing wildlife under a Crop Protection Permit?

Landholders can still take browsing wildlife if they hold the appropriate Crop Protection Permits.

​​As a landholder, who can I engage to assist in the management of browsing wildlife?

Landholders can engage licensed and authorised employees and hunters. You should consider how to manage the risk of introducing coronavirus to the property by all visitors.



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