Hunting Top 10s


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The NSW Game Council encourages you to live by these Top 10s so that every time you hunt you’ll be doing your bit to not only ensure your safety, but also to help promote responsible, ethical and humane conservation hunting.

The council aims these at R-licensed hunters operating on NSW declared public hunting land, where the legal Top 10 are hard and fast rules, but the gist of it applies to all Australian hunters.

Hunt Legal Top 10

1. Get licensed and get permission.

2. Read the conditions that apply to your permission to hunt on public land.

3. Sign and carry your Written Permission with you on the hunt.

4. Wear a Blaze Orange hat, shirt, jacket or vest.

5. No hunting in Hunting Exclusion Zones marked on your Written Permission.

6. If you hunt with dogs, tie or cage them on the tray of the vehicle while you are driving on forest roads.

7. Make sure your dogs have a metal plate attached to the collar with your name and contact details, and that they wear radio-tracking collars if they are used off lead.

8. Know the Closed and Open Season dates for fallow, hog, red and wapiti deer.

9. Don’t target shoot or sight in your rifle or bow on public land – it is illegal.

10. Make sure you have mapping and navigation equipment and that you know how to use them.

Hunting Etiquette Top 10

1. Be courteous to other forest users; identify yourself and chat to them – you never know what information you might pick up.

2. Respect other hunters and the animals being hunted – set the standard for humane, ethical and safe hunting.

3. Camp in a sensible location and follow all camping and fireplace advice on your Written Permission and sign posts.

4. Camp away from good hunting areas.

5. Bury all solid excrement and paper.

6. Avoid driving around at peak hunting times – you might disturb other hunters.

7. Stop and talk to other hunters and forestry workers and let them know roughly where you intend to hunt – that way you maximise your chances of finding game and hunting it successfully.

8. Dispose of carcasses at least 100m from water bodies, campsites, trails, walkways and roads.

9. Leave gates as you found them.

10. If you find a trail camera in the forest, leave it alone.


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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.

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