Opportunities for hunting and clay target shooting are opening up in multiple states but there are still rules to follow. We have compiled a State-by-State list to help you determine what you can and can't do depending on where you live.
There are some gaps which we are still trying to work through with State authorities.
Hunting in Victoria
From 11.59pm on Tuesday May 12 the following changes will apply in Victoria.
You can leave the house for outdoor recreational activities including hunting. These activities can occur in groups of up to 10 people outside, but you must still maintaining physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres away from others.
There is no restriction on travel within but you should leave home and return home on the same day. No Camping or overnight stays are allowed under the new restrictions.
We expect these to be formally announced on Tuesday, May 12.
Restriction on sale of firearms and ammunition to recreational hunters and sporting shooters.
This restriction is expected to be lifted from 11.59pm on Tuesday May 12. There will clearly be a backlog of Permits to Acquire.
The Heart Morass will be open for hunting on Wednesday May 13 for current key holders. The following will apply.
- No camping, day trips only.
- Hunting groups 10 persons or less should enter the property together.
- You must maintain social distance of 1.5m between persons within your group.
- You should identify a place to park and establish a base for your group that is not within 50m of another group.
- Your group should not interact with or approach anyone outside your group whilst on the property.
- Once you have finished hunting and cleaning your birds, you can remain at your group base providing you do not interact with other groups.
Make sure you carry your firearms licence and valid 2020 Game Licence whilst on-site.
Australian Simulated Field in Victoria
We are still confirming the full details and will communicate this to branches. However, it is clear there will be a number of compliance issues to tick off before any activity commences.
Hunting in South Australia
Hunting in South Australia is not a restricted activity however social distancing still applies. The South Australian border remains closed to interstate hunters.
Australian Simulated Field in South Australia
From 11 May 2020, any sport may recommence, provided that the following requirements and recommendations are observed and followed.
- Be outdoors
- Have a maximum of 10 participants in any one group
- Be non-contact
- Minimise use of shared equipment and facilities
- Limit the total numbers of additional people present, for example, up to 1 parent/carer per participant
- Minimise unnecessary co-mingling
- Encourage good hygiene, offer hand sanitiser at entrance and exit
- Ensure frequent environmental disinfection cleaning of the premises
- Implement signage/markings to support compliance with current restrictions and advice
- Refer to the Australian Institute of Sport’s Framework for Rebooting Sport for further guidance
Hunting in Tasmania
Reserved land is open only for exercise. Hunting is not permitted. Many private farms have closed or restricted access. Permission should be sought from the landholder before entering private properties.
You must return to your primary place of residence the same day you depart to go hunting. Staying at shacks or camping is not permitted.
You should first consider if hunting is essential.
Check with the landholder to determine whether you can access the land and what precautions the landholder may want you to take while on their property.
Hunters should maintain personal hygiene practices such as washing hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, as well as coughing or sneezing into a tissue or flexed elbow if a tissue is not available, and staying at least 1.5 metres apart.
Avoid stopping at places such as retail or hospitality outlets and public toilets on the way to and from the hunting location if possible.
A rule of 2 persons applies to all gatherings, except for gatherings of household members or members of a shared parenting arrangement or guardianship arrangement.
Australian Simulated Field in Tasmania
Subject to health advice, outdoor community sport to resume from June 15, with up to 20 athletes/personnel (as guided by AIS proposed framework for rebooting community sport).
Hunting in New South Wales
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced that from Wednesday 6 May 2020, NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) holders with a valid written permission issued by NSW DPI will be allowed back into State forests.
Hunters are encouraged to download the federal government’s COVID Safe app, and are reminded that they must continue to observe other COVID-19 restrictions around social distancing
Australian Simulated Field in New South Wales
From Friday May 15, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed in New South Wales. We are still trying to confirm if this has any impact on conduct of community outdoor sport.
The Northern Territory Roadmap to the "New Normal" which commenced on May 1 allowing;
Participation in non-contact, non-collision outdoor sports (Note: You cannot use a clubhouse facility to consume food or drink).
Outdoor sporting events will need to be conducted with appropriate social distancing, maintaining control over numbers of people gathered, and with a plan to regularly clean common use areas.
Hunting is an allowed activity.