Professional Hunter's Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to work as a professional hunter in NSW. A professional hunter is a person (other than a commercial hunter or hunting guide) who hunts game animals in the course of any paid employment or engagement. This licence authorises you to hunt deer and other game animals on private land. It does not allow you to hunt on public land, or to guide others or sell any part of the harvested animal. Game and feral animals include, but is not limited to:

  • wild deer such as sambar and fallow
  • game birds (other than native game birds) such as California quail and pheasant
  • feral animals such as pigs, foxes and rabbits
  • ducks under the game bird management program.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a fit and proper person to hold the licence
  • have a registered business name and ABN
  • have not been found guilty of an offence in the previous 10 years involving cruelty or harm to animals, personal violence, damage to property or unlawful entry into land
  • hold a firearms licence with the genuine reason (Vertebrate Pest Animal Control - Contract Shoot).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

Your licence will be subject to conditions such as use a log book to record your hunting activities.


Up to 5 years.



Licence for one year.

Licence$145.00Licence for two years.
Licence$210.00Licence for three years.
Licence$270.00Licence for four years.
Licence$325.00Licence for five years.
GeneralDuplicate Certificate$30.00

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Game Licensing Unit

Act(s) name

Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Game Licensing Unit

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 21
New South Wales 2800


02 6391 3750


02 6361 2093

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