Recognising responsible hunting

Game Management Authority (GMA) Authorised Officers are out in the field to ensure that lawful, safe, sustainable and responsible game hunting occurs in Victoria.

Our officers are not only out to enforce the laws but to educate hunters on how to hunt and promote responsible hunting. 

We feel that responsible hunting behaviour deserves recognition, so GMA Authorised Officers will be giving responsible hunters an iron-on patch in recognition of their commitment to responsible hunting.

There are a limited number of patches which are only provided to hunters that demonstrate responsible behaviour, so if you receive one, wear it with pride.

The patches are available in blaze orange for deer and quail hunters and taupe for duck hunters.


Iron-on instructions

The patch can be put onto shirts, jackets, bags, pants jeans and hats. It will iron onto most fabrics that can withstand the heat of a hot dry iron.

Fabrics that may not be suitable include leather, rainwear, elastic fabrics, or nylon fabrics.

For materials such as these the patch can be stitched or glued.

Before applying your patch wash and dry your garment first.

  1. Set the iron to a hot cotton setting. Make sure that the setting is suitable for the garment.
  2. Place the garment on an ironing board or suitable flat, hard surface.
  3. Place the patch in the desired location and cover with a piece of cloth, for example a tea-towel.
  4. Iron and apply firm pressure evenly on the patch for approximately 30-40 seconds.
  5. Iron the opposite side for approximately 20-30 seconds.

If the garment is washable, once the patch is applied properly it can be put in the washing machine. Turn your garment inside out. A gentle wash cycle with cold water is recommended. After the first couple of washes, check that the edges of your patch have remained in place. If they have lifted, repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 of the instructions. Do not put them in the dryer.

For best results the patch can be sewn onto the garment using either a straight stitch through the border, or a zig-zag stitch across the border