Hunting Deer With Dogs

Hunting Deer With Gundogs or Deer Hunting Dogs

Hunters may use a trained dog to help them locate, flush, point, or trail deer. Dogs can be of particular use when locating downed animals that could be lost. Hunters must be able to train their dog(s) to a level that allows the dog to complete its hunting task without chasing other animals and/or attacking the deer being hunted.

  • Dogs can be used only on land classifications that permit people to be in possession of dogs (e.g. dogs cannot be taken into National Parks).
  • Hog Deer cannot be hunted with the aid of dogs.
  • However, all other deer species can be hunted with the aid of gundogs or approved deer hunting dogs.
  • Deer hunters cannot hunt with more than two gundogs or deer hunting dogs, individually or with a team of hunters.

Hunting Sambar Deer With Hounds

  • Deer hunters must have an endorsement on their Game Licence to be allowed to hunt with hounds.
  • Hound hunting is seasonal, with the season starting on 1 April each year and ending on 30 November.
  • When Easter falls within the season, hound hunting is closed from the Thursday before Easter until the Thursday after Easter, inclusive.

Laws for Hunting With Hounds

When hunting with hounds, the hunter must comply with the following:

  • Maximum pack size is five hounds; however, up to three additional pups (hounds under the age of 12 months) may be used for training.
  • Maximum number of hunters in a hound crew is 10 (or 12, providing that two are Provisional Licence–holding juniors or Non-Resident of Australia Game Licence holders).
  • Junior and non-Australian resident hunters can hunt only if they are under the direct supervision of a fully licensed hunter who has passed the Hound Hunting Test.
  • Hound owners are required to include their full name and hound registration number on a permanent tag or label fixed to the collar of the hound. Many hunters like to put additional information on a hound collar to assist in recovery of a hound should it become temporarily lost.
  • Hound owners must ensure that a hound does not attack, bite, or maim wildlife. It is an offence to harm wildlife.
  • The possessor of a hound (any person who has a hound in his or her care) is responsible for ensuring that the hound does not enter any prohibited areas (e.g. National Parks and private property without permission).
  • All hounds must be registered with the Game Management Authority and microchipped.
  • No crossbreed hounds are allowed; hounds must be pure Beagles, Harriers, or Bloodhounds and conform to the standard as set out by the Australian National Kennel Council.
  • It is illegal to block road access for other users (i.e. parking a vehicle across a road). This behaviour damages the reputation of hunters and hunting.
  • It is illegal to use a vehicle once a hound hunt has started, as it is deemed unethical and is not in the spirit of fair chase.