Recreational Game Licences

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Hunting Seasons and Licence Costs

Under the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010 and the Nature Conservation Act 2002 recreational game licences are required to hunt the following animals during the gazetted seasons described below:
  

Please note: season dates are subject to change without notice in response to the results of monitoring and changes in seasonal conditions.

  • ​Deer
    Adult Male:  
    Season runs from 29/02/2020 to 05/04/2020  
  • Antlerless*: 
    There will be now one (1) season for Antlerless Deer in 2020. The Season runs from 15/03/2020 to 15/11/2020
  • Wild Duck: 
    ​​​Season runs from 7/03/2020 to 08/06/2020 
  • ​Muttonbird (non-commercial):  
  • Please note: The season and dates for Muttonbird are yet to be confirmed.
    ​​The season runs from 04/04/2020 to 19/04/2020 (to be confirmed)
  • Wallaby:  
    2020 Season runs from 24/02/2020 to 21/02/2021 
  • Brown Quail:  
    Season runs from 16/05/2020 to 28/06/2020 
  • Male Pheasant (King Island only):  
    ​Season runs from 06/06/2020 to 07/06/2020 
*Please note the conditions of crop protection permits for antlerless fallow deer will change in March 2020.  Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or Game Services Tasmania​ website for further information. 
 

Game Hunting Requirements

Before applying for a licence applicants must read and understand the game hunting requirements. These requirements cover things like 
  • firearms licence requirements, 
  • pension concessions, 
  • replacing lost/damaged licences and tags, 
  • waterfowl identification test certificate and more. 
​If you are applying to renew your licence, you must also first have returned the Game Take Return​ form for the previous season.

Hunters are reminded that recreational game licences, purchased for taking species with a firearm, are only valid in conjunction with the applicant's current firearms licence.

Applicants purchasing via the post or online through the game licensing website may be required to produce their firearms licence for verification.

Any game licence application or renewal application sent via post, that does not show an applicant's current firearms licence number, will be returned to the applicant without processing.

Requirement to declare prior convictions

All hunters making an application to purchase a recreational game licence are required to declare any relevant offence of which they have been convicted during the last 5 years.

​"relevant offence" means -
(a) an offence under the Nature Conservation Act 2002, the Animal Welfare Act 1993, the Firearms Act 1996, the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002, or the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995; or
(b) regulations made under any of those Acts;
or
(c) such other offence as determined by the Secretary for the purpose of this regulation

All applications for a recreational​ game licence made through any Service Tasmania shop Where the YES box is ticked in relation to the question "Have you been convicted of a wildlife related offence in the past five (5) years?" will be declined and the applicant directed to the Wildlife Management Branch reception. 
 
Similarly if you answer Yes to this question when applying online please contact the Wildlife Management Branch before completing the application. Their details can be found at the bottom of this page. 
 
You will be required to provide details of your wildlife-related conviction so an assessment can be made in relation to your application. There is the possibility of applications for a game licence being declined.

 

How to Apply

There are three ways to apply for a recreational game licence once the Game Season opens (1 February 2019):
 

1. In pe​rson  

Visit your closest Service Tasmania shop.
 

2. Mail us your application form

Fill in an application form and post with your cheque or money order to:
Wildlife Management Branch 
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water, and Environment 
GPO Box 44, Hobart 7001.

* Please note that cheque payments may take up to 4 weeks to process.
 

  Recreational Game Licence Application Form   (648Kb)

The 2020 Season Game Licence Application Form will be released shortly.​
Please note cheque payments may take up to four (4) weeks to process.​

3. Apply online 

Click on the declaration below to proceed to the online application. 

Contact

Wildlife Management Branch
Level 8, 59 Liverpool St
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253
Email: wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au