Hunting Permits

All hunting in South Australia is regulated under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (NPW Act) and the National Parks and Wildlife (Hunting) Regulations 2011.

If you wish to hunt in South Australia you must have a basic Hunting Permit unless you are:

  • destroying animals which are endangering human life
  • destroying animals (other than protected species) that are causing damage to crops, stock or other possessions on your land (your own or employer's property)
  • taking an animal under any other permit regulations.

Protected native animals and hunting

Most native mammals, reptiles and birds are fully protected. Without this protection many species could ultimately disappear forever. The NPW Act does allow for open seasons to be proclaimed so that certain species of protected game (duck and quail) can be hunted.

Unprotected native animals, introduced animals and hunting

Unprotected native animals are listed in Schedule 10 of the NPW Act. You must still have a Hunting Permit before you can hunt unprotected native animals or introduced animals,

Under the Act consideration is made for hunting and food gathering by Aboriginal people.

More information:

For further information or to determine whether you need a permit, please contact:

DEWNR Fauna Permits Unit
Phone: (+61 8) 8124 4972
Email: dewnrfaunapermitsunit@sa.gov.au