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Hunting in Australia

Hunting in Australia today is most commonly carried out by shooting from a ground base. The majority of this form of hunting is by rifle followed by shotgun. Other forms include shooting with a bow and even black gunpowder muzzle loaders.

History of Hunting in Australia

Pre European settlement

Indigenous Hunters

The early human inhabitants of Australia relied on hunting as a major source of food. The native fauna was on the hunting list with everything from kangaroos to crocodiles.

Pre European settlement

Post European settlement

European settlers as hunters

The early settlers from Europe also hunted the native wildlife to supplement their food supplies.

Post European settlement

1788

Rabbits

RabbitsThe first settlers from Europe also brought rabbits with them. They can now be found in every part of the country.

1788

1788

Pigs

PigsLike rabbits, pigs were brought into Australia with the First Fleet. They too can now be found in every part of the country.

1788

1788

Goats

GoatsLike rabbits and pigs, goats were brought into Australia with the First Fleet. They too can now be found across the country.

1788

1790-1800

Chital Deer

Chital DeerChital Deer were brought into Australia and as ever some escaped and established wild herds. They can now be found in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

1790-1800

1825-1843

Buffalo

BuffaloBuffalo were brought into Australia in the Northern Territory where they have spread across the tropical North.

1825-1843

1830

Fallow Deer

Fallow DeerFallow Deer were brought into Tasmania. They can now be found in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

1830

1830's

Red Deer

Red DeerRed Deer were brought into Tasmania. They can now be found in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

1830's

1855

European Red Fox

Red FoxThe European Red Fox was brought into Australia for recreational hunting. They can now be found in every part of the country.

1855

1858

Hog Deer

Hog DeerHog Deer were brought into Australia. They can now be found in New South Wales and Victoria.

1858

1861

Sambar

SambarSambar were introduced to Australia. They can now be found in New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria.

1861

1868

Rusa Deer

Rusa DeerRusa Deer were brought into Australia. They can now be found in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia

1868
Kangaroo

Legal Requirements

Regardless of what Australian state or territory you are in you must be licensed to use the firearm you are hunting with.

Each state and territory has its own laws with regard to what you can shoot, when, how, bag limits, minimum caliber and shot sizes. It is the responsibility of the hunter to abide by the laws and also gain permission if necessary from land holders to operate on their property.

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