Hound Hunting Test

Do I need to sit the Hound Hunting Test?

Any hunter wishing to hunt Sambar Deer with the aid of hounds must have a Game Licence that authorises the use of hounds. This applies to all existing and new Victorian and interstate hunters wishing to hunt Sambar Deer with hounds.

Juniors (aged 12 to 17 years) and international visitors have the opportunity to hunt without doing the test while under direct supervision of an adult who holds a valid Game Licence and has passed the Hound Hunting Test

For all other hunters, prior to applying for a Game Licence to hunt with hounds, you need to pass the Hound Hunting Test.

This test will ensure that all hound hunters are aware of their legal, ethical and safety requirements when hunting. All test applicants must be at least 10 years of age.

This following information provides details on the test format, how to apply for the test and other important information relevant to the test program.

What educational material is available?

Cover to the Hound hunting guide  To assist hunters to pass the test, GMA has developed a comprehensive booklet entitled "A guide to the use of hounds for hunting Sambar Deer in Victoria ". The booklet includes information on: licensing requirements; where and when you can hunt; legal hunting methods; safe firearm handling practices; ethical responsibilities and other information relevant to this form of hunting.

A copy of the booklet can be sent to you when you apply to sit the test. Alternatively, The booklet can also be viewed on this website.

All applicants are advised to read the booklet prior to sitting the test to ensure they know and understand the legal requirements for hound hunting, requirements for the safe use of firearms and ethical hunting techniques associated with this form of hunting.

What does the test involve?

The test includes questions on licensing requirements, when you can hunt, legal hunting methods, safe firearm handling practices, ethical responsibilities and other information relevant to the hunting of Sambar Deer with the aid of hounds.

There are a total of 30 multiple choice questions in the test. To pass, you must answer 23 (75%) of the questions correctly. This includes five key questions that must all be answered correctly to gain a pass. The test will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.

How much does the test cost?

The cost of the test as at 1 July 2016 is $30.60  (cost is updated in increments each July). The test will only need to be successfully completed once.

How do I apply to sit the test?

The Game Management Authority offers the following test locations for hunters who want to sit the Hound Hunting Test (HHT).  You must pass the HHT prior to applying for a Game Licence to hunt Sambar Deer with the use of hound.

To book into a test session, first pick a test location from the list below. Once you've identified a preferred location, click on the 'view dates' link to select and book your preferred date and time for that location.

Region Test location Address Test dates
Melbourne Melbourne Level 16 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne View dates
Melbourne Mornington 4 Archer Dr, Mornington View Dates
North-East Wodonga 1 McKoy St, Wodonga View dates
Central Victoria Alexandra 5 Binns-McRaes Rd, Alexandra View dates
South-West Ballarat 402-406 Mair St, Ballarat View dates
Gippsland Traralgon 71 Hotham St, Traralgon View dates
Gippsland Bairnsdale 574 Main St, Bairnsdale View dates

What do I need to bring to the test?

On the day of your test, you will need to bring the following to the test centre:

  • proof of your identity (see below for more details)

Pens and paper will be supplied.

Proof of identity

When you sit the Hound Hunting Test you will need to prove who you are by taking certain documents to the test centre. Acceptable documents include any one of the following:

  • a current photographic Australian driver licence
  • a passport (not expired by more than two years)
  • a current Firearms Licence.

You may also present a birth certificate or Australian naturalisation/citizenship document. However, if you provide either of these documents, you will also need to present another form of identification that includes a photo of yourself, such as a Student Identity Card. Only originals of all these documents will be accepted (photocopies of documents certified or otherwise, will not be accepted).

Will I have to change my Game Licence?

New licence applicants

If you successfully complete the test and do not have a current Game Licence, you will be sent a Certificate of Proficiency in the mail. Once you receive your Certificate of Proficiency, you will need to apply for a Game Licence to hunt Sambar Deer with the aid of hounds.

Please contact the GMA Customer Service Centre on 136 186 to have a Game Licence application form sent to you. Alternatively, download the form here.

If you pass the test and have a current Game Licence for 'Deer (Stalking)', the GMA will automatically make the necessary changes to your existing licence and will send you an updated licence free of charge. Your new licence will read 'Deer (Stalking and Hounds)'. You can use your receipt of payment for the test as proof that you have sat the test until your amended licence arrives in the mail.

Existing licence applicants

If you have a Game Licence, but it does not include a 'deer' component, you will be sent a Certificate of Proficiency in the mail. Once you receive your Certificate of Proficiency, you will need to contact the GMA Customer Service Centre on 136 186 to have a Game Licence amendment form sent to you. Alternatively, download the form here.

Please note that an administration fee will apply to amend your licence if it does not already include a 'deer' component. You will also be required to pay the difference between the cost of your existing licence and the licence to hunt Sambar Deer with the aid of hounds.