Code of Practice

Awareness of Relevant Legislation

  • It is the responsibility of hunters to be aware of and comply with all relevant state legislation relating to hunting, animal welfare and the use of firearms.
Safe Handling of Firearms
  • Where firearms are used, the rules for safe handling of firearms must be complied with at all times – as set out in relevant state authority handbooks on firearms safety.
Permission Required to Enter Land
  • A hunter must not hunt on any land without the express authority of the occupier of the land.
Target Identification and Safety
  • A game animal must not be fired at unless it can be clearly seen and identified, and the shot taken possess no discernible risk of injury to any person or damage to property.
Obligation to Avoid Suffering
  • An animal being hunted must not be inflicted with unnecessary pain. To achieve the aim of delivering a humane death to a hunted animal:
    • It must be targeted so that humane kill is likely;
    • It must be shot within the reasonably accepted killing range of the firearm and ammunition used: and
    • The firearm and ammunition used must be such as can be reasonably expected to humanely kill an animal of the target species.
Lactating Female with Dependant Young
  • If a lactating female is killed, every reasonable effort must be made to locate and kill any dependant young
Wounded Animals
  • If an animal is wounded, the hunter must take all reasonable steps to locate it, so that it can be killed quickly and humanely.
Use of Dogs
  • Dogs and other animals may be used to assist hunters, but only if their use is:
    • Not in contravention to the relevant state authority rules governing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; and
    • With the permission of the occupier of the land concerned.
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