Recreational Hunting Licences

​​​​​​​​​​​​Hunting Seasons and Licen​​ce Fees

​​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.

2023 Hunting licences can be purchased online or through Service Tasmania from the 1st of February. 

Licence Fees - applicable from​ 1 July 2022

                              ​​             ​Full Fee             Conc Fee

  • ​Brown Quail                  $34.00​               $27.20
  • Deer                              $76.50               $61.20
  • Muttonbird                     $34.00               $27.20
  • ​Pheasant                       ​$17.00               ​​$13.60​
  • ​​Wallaby                         $34.00               $27.20
  • ​Wild Duck                      $34.00               $27.20​
Please note: fees are scheduled to increase on the 1st of July each year.

2023 Season dates

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

​​​Fallow Deer  (Adult Male):  

Season runs from ​25/0​2/2023 to 02/04/2023  

Fallow Deer (Antlerless)*: 

​​Season runs from 15/03/2023 to 15/11/2023

​​W​ild Duck:

Se​​ason runs from 11/03/2023 to 12/06/2023 

​Muttonbird (non-commercial):  ​

Season runs from 01/04/2023 to ​16/0​4/2023


Season runs from 27/02/2023 to 25/02/2024 

Brown Quail: 

Season runs from 13/05/2023 to 25/06/2023

Male Pheasant (King Island only): 

Season runs fro​m 10/06/2023 to 11/06/2022​3

​Hunting Requirement​​s

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 h​​​unting licence are required to declare any relev​ant offence​ of which they have been convicted during the last 5 years.

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 Services. ​

​​​​Similarly if you answer Yes to this question when applying online please contact Wildlife Services 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 Re​​turn

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 Ap​ply

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. 


Wildlife Services
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 4305