Improving hunting opportunities

360 signs and information totems have been replaced or upgraded at State Game Reserves.

Actions within this plan will improve hunters’ access to accurate and easily accessible information on where, when and what they can hunt. Actions will also improve hunters access to hunting areas and expand game and pest hunting opportunities where appropriate.

Key initiatives to provide accurate and easily accessible information include new and updated maps and better physical signage on public land. This will increase awareness of hunting locations, conditions and opportunities, aid hunter compliance and improve public understanding.

Better access to hunting areas like State Game Reserves and the Victorian Alps is also important to improving hunting opportunities.

Action

Improve hunting location knowledge

Lead: DELWP and Parks Victoria

Delivered

Progress

Complete

  • New hunting maps showing where hunting of game and pest species is permitted on public land in Victoria are now available both as web based maps and on the More to Explore phone app. See the new hunting maps.
  • Replacement and upgrade of 360 new signs and information totems at 130 State Game Reserves and Parks that permit deer hunting across Victoria.
  • New signs to improve hunter information in State Forest locations.

Action

Provide better hunting access

Lead: DELWP and Parks Victoria

Underway

Progress

Complete

  • Improved access to 10 State Game Reserves which had undefined or locked access points.
  • Review of opportunities to use existing helipad facilities in the alpine region for hunting.
  • Audit of State Game Reserves completed by the GMA and made available.

Underway

  • Further access improvements to additional State Game Reserves are being progressed by Parks Victoria in consultation with hunting stakeholders.

Action

Expand pest hunting

Lead: DELWP

Delivered

Progress

Complete

  • Changes made to the Wildlife (State Game Reserves) Regulations 2014 to allow recreational hunters to allow foxes, hares and rabbits to be hunted on State Game Reserves during the open season for duck hunting.
  • Learn more about hunting pest animals on state game reserves.

Action

Expand game hunting

Lead: DELWP

Delivered

Progress

Complete

Action

Partner with Traditional Owners

Lead: DJPR

Underway

Progress

Complete

  • Grant of $85,000 provided to the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations to lead development of a Traditional Owner Game Management Strategy in consultation with Traditional Owners.

Underway

  • The development of the Traditional Owner Game Management Strategy was led by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations in collaboration with Traditional Owners and Victorian Government agencies.  A release date has not been confirmed.

Action

Develop an online game licensing system

Lead: GMA

Underway

Progress

Complete

  • Stakeholders were consulted in early 2020.

Underway

  • Development of new Game Licensing System is currently underway and will be available to hunters in early 2021. Learn more about the new Game Licensing System.

Page last updated: 26 November 2020