Game Hunting in Victoria
A range of popular, licensed hunting activities are available in Victoria.
In 2019 recreational hunting was worth an estimated $356 million to the Victorian economy.
The department plays a coordination and policy role for game hunting, working closely with the Game Management Authority (GMA), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria.
The GMA regulates game hunting in Victoria. Visit the Game Management Authority website for all information regarding how, where and when to hunt game legally in Victoria.
Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2021-2024
The Victorian Government’s new Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2021-2024 will deliver new programs to support safe, responsible and sustainable hunting across the state.
Adaptive Harvest Management of Game Ducks
An expert panel was commissioned to review Victoria’s proposed approach to adaptive harvest management for duck hunting, and its report is now available - Waterfowl Adaptive Harvest Model: Expert Panel Review. The expert panel’s report supports Victoria’s proposed approach to adaptive harvest management.
- Waterfowl Adaptive Harvest Model: Expert Panel Report (PDF 255.35 KB)
- Response to the Waterfowl Adaptive Harvest Model Expert Panel Report (PDF 200.4 KB)
- Response to the Waterfowl Adaptive Harvest Model Expert Panel Report (DOCX 385.86 KB)
The Victorian Government has released a response to the report, and will develop an adaptive game duck harvest management framework and strategy.
In line with a recommendation of the expert panel to develop a simple harvest management framework, an interim harvest management framework has been developed as a key tool to inform decisions around duck seasons.
For further information about Adaptive Harvest Management
Traditional Owner Game Management Strategy
The development of the Traditional Owner Game Management Strategy Traditional Owner Game Management Strategy.pdf (PDF 1884.82 KB) was led by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations in collaboration with Traditional Owners and Victorian Government agencies.
Economic contribution of recreational hunting in Victoria
Research that reveals recreational hunting was worth $356 million to the Victorian economy in 2019.
- Economic contribution of recreational hunting in Victoria Economic contribution of recreational hunting in Victoria (PDF 5565.58 KB)
- Economic contribution of recreational hunting in Victoria Economic contribution of recreational hunting in Victoria (DOCX 9755.45 KB)
A previous version of the report posted by DJPR contained an error on Table 6.4 which listed Mansfield twice, the duplicate reference to Mansfield should have read ‘Other’  All other LGAs in Victoria (excluding Greater Melbourne) and interregional trade (including Greater Melbourne) and listed the combined figure for all the other LGAs excluding Greater Melbourne and interregional trade. The corrected version of the report is now posted and has no impact on the overall numbers of the original report.
Page last updated: 14 January 2022