FAQs: Hunting in national parks

Many shooters are asking the Shooters and Fishers Party about conservation hunting in national parks, especially after the activities of the Greens, the National Parks Association and others that have sown incorrect information.

To clarify things, here are the SFP’s answers to the major concerns:

Is it true that rangers will refuse to help hunters?

Rangers will be cross authorised with Game Council game managers. They will all cooperate in the end. The bill is now law, it was proclaimed on 27 June 2012 and will take effect on 27 December 2012. This intervening six-month period is to allow for survey work, training, systems updates etc to be sorted so parks and reserves will be rolled out. Basically, what rangers want to do or not won’t affect hunters. The system will be run exactly as the Game Council currently runs hunting in State Forests.

Will parks really be closed to other users while hunters hunt, and will NPWS staff have to supervise them, or will it be like in state forests?

It will be as it is in State Forests. National Parks will not be closed and there will be no close supervision by NP staff.

Is anything being done about NPWS staff in uniform joining protests?

We will be writing to the relevant minister, Robyn Parker, and asking questions in the house as soon as Parliament resumes in August.

How long till more details are officially revealed about how the whole process will operate?

That will be up to the Game Council.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.