Hunting Licences


Hunting Seasons and Licence Costs
​​Under the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021 and the Nature Conservation Act 2002 Hunting licences are required to hunt the following animals during the gazetted seasons described below:

Licence Fees - applicable from 1 July 2021

                                           ​Full Fee             Conc Fee

  • ​Brown Quail                  $33.00               $26.40
  • Deer                              $74.25               $59.40
  • Muttonbird                     $33.00               $26.40
  • ​Pheasant                       $16.50               $13.20​
  • ​​Wallaby                          $33.00               $26.40
  • ​Wild Duck                       $33.00               $26.40​


Season Dates

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

Current Open Seasons:

  • ​Wallaby - 2021 Season runs from 22/02/21 to 20/02/2022

2022 Season - provisional dates

  • ​Deer 
    Adult Male:  
    Season runs from 26/02/2022 to 03/04/2022  
  • Antlerless*: 
    Season runs from 15/03/2022 to 15/11/2022
  • Wild Duck: 
    ​​​Season runs from 5/03/2022 to 05/06/2022 
  • Muttonbird (non-commercial):  ​
    ​​The season runs from 02/04/2022 to ​18/04/2022
  • Wallaby:  
    2022 Season runs from 21/02/2022 to 26/02/2023 
  • Brown Quail:  
    Season runs from 14/05/2022 to 26/06/2022 
  • Male Pheasant (King Island only):  
    ​Season runs from 11/06/2022 to 12/06/2022​​


​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 Hunting Take​ Return​ form for the previous season.

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

Applicants purchasing via the hunting licensing website may be required to produce their firearms licence for verification.

Any hunting licence 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 hunting 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 hunting 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 Wildlife Reception. 
 
Similarly if you answer Yes to this question when applying online please contact Wildlife Reception before completing the application. Details can be found at the bottom of this page. 

The Nature Conservation (Wildlife)​​ Regulations 2021 require that a hunting licence is not to be granted to any person convicted of a relevant offence within the last five years.  Please note that the Wildlife Management cannot overturn or waive a conviction to allow granting of a hunting licence. If an applicant wishes to contest their conviction, they must do so with the agency that made the conviction. ​

Hunting Take Return

Hunting Take Returns must be submitted at the conclusion of each game season and before the purchase of the new season's licence. Hunting Take Returns can be submitted online, or via email or post.

More information on is available via the Hunting Take Return page.

Online submissions can be lodged via the online portal​


How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for a hunting licence once the Hunting Season opens each year:
 

1. In pe​rson  

Visit your closest Service Tasmania shop and submit a Hunting Licence Application Form 

2. Apply online 

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

Contact

Wildlife Management
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Email: Wildlife.Reception@nre.tas.gov.au