Hunting on private land: Crop protection permit issued by DPIPWE to landowner and onforwarded to hunters.
Crop Protection Permit Application Form (323Kb)
Hunting on Crown land: Completion of
Firearm Licence Holders Permission Document
Firearm Licence Holders Permission Document (594Kb)Hunting on State forest: Contact your nearest Sustainable Timber Tasmania office.
Hunting on conservation areas: Contact your nearest
Parks and Wildlife Service Field Centre to the area you wish to hunt.
- the use of snares and steel-jawed traps is prohibited
- the use of spotlights and shooting from a vehicle are prohibited
- a landholder can obtain a crop protection permit to allow shooting from a vehicle on their property with the aid of a spotlight
- a landholder may issue a copy of their crop protection permit to hunters which allows them to assist in the control of game and browsing animals
- any adult female wallaby taken must be examined for pouch young, which should be humanely killed without delay
The Wildlife Management Branch does not require take information from wallaby game licence holders. The wallaby harvest is monitored using property specific take figures from wallaby crop protection permit holders.
Property owners, managers, their immediate family members or full-time employees are exempt from the requirement of a recreational wallaby game licence, however they are required to hold a current crop protection permit
Arrange an Organised Shoot Permit (15 or more hunters)
Day time hunting usually involves a group of licenced hunters with trained dogs who flush wallabies from bush areas to control browsing animals.
By completing the Arrange an Organised Shoot application form you can arrange a permit for your party to undertake this hunting activity.
Arrange an Organised Shoot (778Kb)
Rabbits and Hares
Rabbits and hares are classified as vermin under the Vermin Control Act 2000 and may be hunted at any time. There are normally taken with shotguns and rimfire rifles, although any non-prohibited firearm may be used with the appropriate licences. There is no bag limit.
Tasmania has a number of species of waterfowl but only five may be hunted during the open game season.
- chestnut teal
- grey teal
- wood duck
- mountain duck
- black duck
All other species must not be shot.
- decoys, including feathered decoys, are permitted when taking ducks in Tasmania, but the use of any bait, live birds, tape recorders or other electronic devices is prohibited
- the use of boats propelled by an engine is prohibited when taking ducks
- the use of aircraft for rousing ducks is prohibited
- ducks may only be taken with shotguns not exceeding 12 gauge
- duck hunters are not permitted to use lead shot when hunting over wetlands, lakes, dams, harbours,estuaries, lagoons, rivers, creeks, canals or other watercourses, whether on public or private property
- hunters must retain either the head or the wings on a harvested duck until the hunter has arrived at their normal place of residence, shack or camp
- hunters must produce their Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) Certificate the first time they purchase a recreational game licence to hunt duck. Thereafter verification will occur via the game licence database
Public Land Duck Hunting
Licenced duck hunting is permitted during the gazetted season on various Reserves. At the beginning of each gazetted season the Department releases a Public Notice of the Reserves.
Ducks 2021 Public Reserves (357Kb)
A copy of the advice received from Game Services Tasmania, and the DPIPWE Secretary's reasons for decision on wild duck hunting in reserves and on crown land are available on the Decision of Secretary page.
Hydro Tasmania Land Duck Hunting
Licenced duck hunting is permitted during the gazetted season on various blocks of Hydro Tasmania land.
Monitoring Duck Populations
Each February since 1985 the Department carries out a state-wide count of waterbirds with assistance from the Parks and Wildlife Service and many volunteers. These counts are not an attempt to count all of the ducks in the state but rather to get an index of trends in the populations.
A sample of 80 wetlands, of a variety of types, (e.g. farm dams to estuaries) are counted each year and the number of ducks seen gives an indication of whether duck numbers have increased or decreased. This information is then graphed, to indicate trends in the populations.
The graphs are available as the State-wide Waterbird Survey:
Duck Harvest Data Form
Hunters can assist The Wildlife Management Branch with input into future management and research of wild duck in Tasmania by completing the Duck Season Harvest Data Sheet. Any samples provided will be automatically made available to the Health Laboratories for Avian Influenza testing. Return details are provided on the form.
The use of non-toxic shot for hunting wild duck over wetlands in Tasmania
Duck hunters are not permitted to use lead shot when hunting over any public or private water or watercourse.
Examples would include:
Wildlife Rangers are equipped with devices to differentiate between lead shot and non-toxic shot.
Heavy metals pose serious environmental and health dangers. Exposure to lead in the environment can cause a build-up of this metal in our bodies and cause serious health problems. Waterfowl are no different. This is why it is so important to ensure that lead does not end up in sediment where ducks are likely to feed.
Tasmanian Duck Avian Influenza Survey
DPIPWE's Health Laboratories continue to call for biological samples from harvested ducks throughout the year to test for avian influenza. The collection of duck samples is not mandatory.
Only Brown quail can be taken during the open game season.
Other species of game birds such as partridge and bobwhite quail have been introduced to Tasmania. These species have been released under permit to properties specifically for hunting.
- the open game season applies only to male birds on King Islan
- pheasants may only be taken with a shotgun not exceeding 12 gauge.
To obtain a licence, hunters are encouraged to:
- become a member of the King Island Game Bird Association 0428 611 254
- ensure you have permission to access land for hunting
Short-Tailed Shearwater (Muttonbird)
The muttonbird is partly protected wildlife under the
Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010. It is subject to harvesting by licensed harvesters during an annual open season determined under the
Nature Conservation (Open Seasons) Order, 2004.
- the use of pointed, sharpened, barbed, hook shaped, or sharpened implements is prohibited.
- interfering with muttonbird burrows during the closed season or without a licence during the open season is prohibited.
- a recreational game licence is issued to one person only. The taking of muttonbirds under another person's licence (including that of a family member) is illegal.
- chicks are to be killed quickly and humanely in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 1993.
The following information sheet provides details of colonies that are open to harvest and is mailed to the previous season's licence holders each year:
Muttonbird Information Sheet (PDF 121Kb)
Note: West Coast muttonbird rookeries are closed for the 2021 season.
Annual monitoring of muttonbird numbers informs the management of the annual harvest. See Short-tailed Shearwater Monitoring for more information on the 2020-21 monitoring season.
Forms and Information Sheets
Tasmanian Antlerless Deer Harvest Data Form (211Kb)
Tasmanian Buck Harvest Data Form (207Kb)
Suspicious Incident Record (17Kb)