Hound hunting test and hound registration

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

Hound hunting test bookings

Frequently asked questions

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Cover to the Hound hunting guideTo 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Hound registration

All hounds used to hunt Sambar Deer in Victoria must be registered with, or authorised by, the Game Management Authority (GMA).

Hounds will be recommended to the GMA by a person or body with relevant expertise for registration following a physical assessment against the breed standards.

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There are currently three organisations with approved hound assessors; the Australian Deer Association, the Victorian Deer Association and Victorian Hound Hunters Incorporated.

Approved hound assessors undergo training and are certified by the GMA as a person with relevant expertise. To have hounds registered, hunters should contact one of the following organisations to obtain details of their accredited hound assessors:

Australian Deer Association

ph (03) 5762 1911

(www.austdeer.com.au)

Victorian Deer Association

ph (03) 5985 5333

(www.vda.org.au)

Victorian Hound Hunters Incorporated

ph (03) 5664 1345

(www.victorianhoundhunters.com.au)

Details of all registered hounds and their owners are stored and maintained on a central GMA database in accordance with principles set out in the Information Privacy Act 2000.

Hunters can obtain a copy of their recorded personal information for verification or correction by contacting the Customer Service Centre on 136 186. This database is used to assist Game Officers in identifying hounds and their owners. There is no fee charged to hunters for registering hounds with the GMA.

To transfer ownership of a registered hound from the currently registered owner to another person, the new owner must complete this form.  A separate form is required for each hound being transferred. It is the new owner's responsibility to ensure that the completed form is sent to Game Licensing Service at GPO Box 4509, Melbourne VIC 3001.

1. Registered owner:

Please write clearly and in BLOCK letters

2. Hound details:

Please write clearly and in BLOCK letters

3. New owner:

Please write clearly and in BLOCK letters

Declaration by new owner:

I, (the above-named 'New Owner'), authorise the Game Management Authority to record my Personal Information (above) in accordance with the principles set out in the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 and to disclose this information to a centralised microchip registry, if necessary.  I understand and accept that only information necessary to enable the return of a missing hound or to assist with council pet registrations will be disclosed by the centralised microchip registry (except as required for law enforcement purposes).  To my knowledge, my hound is in good health and does not suffer from haemophilia or any other related blood clotting disorders.  To my knowledge, my hound does not already have a microchip implant other than the one described above (if any).

Signature of New Owner: ……………………………………………………… Date: …… / …… / …………

As hounds under 12 months of age cannot be effectively assessed against the ANKC Breed Standards and legal requirements specified in the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012, they cannot be recommended to the GMA for life time registration. Hounds under 12 months of age may still be used to hunt Sambar Deer, however there is no requirement for them to be assessed against the ANKC Breed Standards and height requirements. In order to use hounds under 12 months of age to hunt Sambar Deer, hunters will need to obtain a written authorisation from the GMA.

The 'authorisation of hound pups application form' has been developed to enable owners of hounds under 12 months of age to seek written authorisation from the GMA to use such hounds for hunting Sambar Deer. Upon completion of this form, an automated authorisation can be printed or emailed to you. Alternatively, hard copies of the application forms will be available through the approved hunting organisations.

Hound owners must carry the authorisation on their person at all times while hunting.

Please fill out the form here.

All hounds over 12 months of age must be presented to and assessed by an approved hound assessor. Only pure Beagles, pure Harriers and pure Bloodhounds conforming to the relevant ANKC breed standard and height limit prescribed in the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012 can be recommended for registration.

Beagles must not exceed 40 cm at the withers, Harriers must not exceed 53.5 cm at the withers and Bloodhounds must not exceed 69 cm at the withers.

Hounds that have not been recommended for approval by a hound assessor will not be considered for registration.

In order to effectively assess a hound against the breed standard, the hound must be a minimum of 12 months old to ensure it exhibits adult characteristics. Mature hounds that have been assessed and conform to the relevant ANKC breed standard and the prescribed height limit will be registered for life after being accepted by the GMA.

Note: Life-time registration remains in place until the hound dies, is transferred to a new owner, surrendered, suspended, or cancelled.

As hounds under 12 months of age cannot be effectively assessed against the ANKC breed standards or the requirements specified in the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012, they cannot be recommended to the GMA for registration.

In order to use hounds under 12 months of age to hunt Sambar Deer, hunters must obtain a written authorisation from the GMA.

Hounds under 12 months of age must still be authorised to hunt, however, they will not be assessed against the ANKC breed standards and height requirements.

An application form and a pro forma authorisation is available to enable owners of hounds under 12 months of age to seek written authorisation under Regulation 38(2) of the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012 from the GMA to use such hounds for hunting Sambar Deer.

Application forms are also available from approved hunting organisations.

Hound owners using hounds under 12 months of age for Sambar Deer hunting must carry the authorisation with them at all times while hunting.

No unregistered hounds or hounds without authorisation from the GMA may be used to hunt Sambar Deer.

The registration of a hound may be cancelled if:

  • that hound subsequently displays any characteristics outside the breed standards or height requirements;
  • the hound is found in circumstances that contravene the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012; or
  • the owner is found guilty of an offence under the Wildlife Act 1975.

If a hound has its registration cancelled, a notice of cancellation advising of the reasons for cancellation will be forwarded to the registered hound owner to allow him or her to make a submission to the GMA on why the hound's registration should not be cancelled.

Page last updated: 06 Feb 2020