The NSW Government has approved changes to licences to harm kangaroos to reduce kangaroo numbers as a part of a package of drought relief measures.
The changes are effective from 8 August 2018.
What has changed?
The changes are intended to assist landholders to manage the impact of kangaroos during the drought while maintaining animal welfare standards and ecologically sustainable kangaroo populations. They include:
- Increased limits on the number of kangaroos that may be culled, based on property size.
- Previous and current licence holders can apply for licences over the phone.
- More shooters may operate under each licence, and shooter details are provided to National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) after culling operations, rather than with the licence application.
- Remove use of carcass tags and ‘shoot and let lie’ licence condition to reduce biosecurity risks.
- Allow landholders and shooters to use carcasses for non-commercial purposes
View the new licence conditions for licences to harm kangaroos here.
In addition, the NSW Government has announced extensions to the commercial kangaroo harvest zones in South East NSW. This is expected to occur during 2019.
Register of kangaroo shooters
Local Land Services is establishing a register of licenced commercial harvesters, professional and experienced volunteer recreational shooters who are willing to assist landholders to manage kangaroos.
Licenced commercial harvesters, professional and experienced volunteer recreational kangaroo shooters who hold a NSW Firearms licence and would like to assist landholders manage kangaroos can register their interest here.
Submitting this form means your contact information will be added to kangaroo hunter register that can be accessed by landholders.
Landholders who wish to obtain contact details of a shooter in their region can register their interest here. Once registered, landholders will receive a spreadsheet with the contact details for registered shooters in their region.
The register will be progressively added to over time as shooters contact Local Land Services and submit their details.
Please be aware the Local Land Services has not verified the licences, qualifications or experience of the shooters listed in this register. Any landholder who wishes to make contact with a shooter listed on this register must ensure that they conduct their own inquiries as to the suitability of the shooter for their needs. Local Land Services does not accept any responsibility for false or misleading claims made by shooters on this register.
Non-commercial kangaroo shooters best practice guide
The Department of Primary Industries Game Licensing Unit has developed a comprehensive best practice guide for shooters wanting to be involved in non-commercial kangaroo culling.
The guide covers critical aspects of safe and humane kangaroo culling including legislative requirements, kangaroo species identification, firearms calibres and projectiles, marksmanship and shot placement, disease identification and handling game meat.
The best practice guide will be provided to all landholders and shooters participating in non-commercial kangaroo culling. Find out more about the guide.