Hunting Hazards

kangaroo hunting

In November 2023 NSW the government gazetted 351 NSW State forests for hunting of game animals under strict conditions from 1 February 2024 to 1 February 2034. Hunting is not permitted near picnic and camping areas or where forestry operations are taking place, but note that that walking tracks may cross areas where hunting is taking place. Hunting is not permitted in National Parks except in limited circumstances where hunters are supervised by NPWS staff.

Consult the Forestry Corporation of NSW Hunting Exclusion Zone Maps or the Department of Primary Industries Game Licensing Unit for maps showing details of hunting exclusion zones and a list of forests which permit hunting.

Hunters are required to give the Game Licensing Unit one clear day’s notice for a written booking permitting them to hunt. For example if a licensed hunter books a written permission at any time on a Thursday, the written permission allowing them to hunt will be issued from Saturday. Friday is one clear day to allow for Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) operational changes.

There is currently no formal alert service for hikers.

Note that NSW State Forests may also be closed for logging, replanting, pest control, hazard reduction or fires. Check these types of closures here.

Obtain further information the day before a planned NSW State Forest walk by phoning the Forestry Corporation of NSW Information Line on 1300 655 687  Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Cancel the activity if hunting is scheduled or suspected in the area of your hike.