Hunting

Hog Deer StagVictoria has some of the best game hunting opportunities in Australia. There are generous open seasons and bag limits for game deer, duck and quail and about 8 million hectares of public land available for hunting.

When you are out enjoying Victoria's great hunting opportunities it is important to remember your obligations to not only comply with the law, but to behave responsibly to protect our valuable resources and the reputation of hunting. 

This website will provide you with information to help you enjoy responsible hunting in Victoria.

In Victoria, recreational game hunting has occured for well over 150 years and has been regulated since the early 1860s. 

There are approximately 45,000 licensed game hunters in Victoria who in 2013 contributed around $439 million to the Victorian economy through game and pest animal hunting activities.

Game species are the common property of the community and hunting activities need to be regulated to ensure populations are mainatined to provide a range of sustainable consumptive and non-consumptive uses for present and future generations. 

The Game Management Authority (GMA) is the new regulator of game hunting in Victoria.  It will be directly accountable for the administrative, licensing, compliance and regulatory functions that were undertaken by Game Victoria.

The GMA will monitor, conduct research and analyse the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of game hunting.  It will also work with public land managers to improve the management of public land and facilities on public land where hunting is permitted.