Hunting in Western Australia

Hunting in Western Australia

HUNTING IN WA

Hunting in WA is limited to taking feral and pest animals on private property with the landowner’s permission.

Only a current “open” firearms licence is required to hunt on private property. There is no hunting permit or fee applicable. The following animals are some of the feral species that can be regularly taken in Western Australia: Rabbits, hares, foxes, pigs, wild dogs, goats, camels, donkeys, wild horse and wild cattle.

 

Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes Community Fox Shoots

Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes is a community based feral animal management program that operates across the agricultural regions of Western Australia.  SSAA (WA) is a proud sponsor of these events. Proceeds go to Regional Men’s Health Initiative .

For more information on how to get involved and join a shoot go to Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes  

 

 Conservation and Wildlife Management

We also have Conservation & Wildlife Management Groups (CWM's) who work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Recognised Biosecurity Groups, Catchment Councils and declared species groups to provide assistance with pest animal control programs.

Our CWM's have stringent training and assessment programs for applicants. There are various Clubs around WA, to find out more about this program go to our CWM page..

 

SSAA Farmer Assist

The SSAA Farmer Assist program has been developed to enable farmers with wildlife management issues to seek the assistance of SSAA members. The specially designed program is run via the Farmer Assist website, it allows a farmer to choose who they invite onto their properties from the group of members replying to their post.

SSAA members who participate in this program have all achieved a skill competency equivalent to professional shooter training and have committed to operating under a code of practice that demands safety, animal welfare and ethical behaviour.

You will find more details on this program at www.farmerassist.com.au

 

Hunting Holidays in WA

Anybody travelling to WA with firearms will require a Temporary WA Firearms Permit.  These can be found on the WAPOL Firearms Forms web page, group permits are free while individual permits incur a fee. Make sure you apply well ahead of time as they do take some time to process. This permit must be kept with you at all times during your stay in WA and you can purchase ammunition with this temporary permit from any dealer in WA.

 

 

Safe firearm handling practices include:

  • Treating every firearm with the respect due a loaded firearm.
  • Carry only empty firearms, taken down or with the action open, into the car, camp and home.
  • Ensure that the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  • Always carry a firearm so you can control the direction of the muzzle.
  • Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.
  • Never leave your firearm unattended unless you unload it first.
  • Never climb a tree or a fence with a loaded firearm.
  • Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or the surface of water.
  • Do not mix gunpowder and alcohol.

 

 The Hunter’s Code  

  • I will consider myself an invited guest of the landholder, seeking his or her permission, and so conducting myself that I may be welcome in the future.
  • I will obey the rules of safe gun-handling and courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same.
  • I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise.
  • I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills which assure clean, sportsmanlike kills.
  • I will support conservation efforts that can support sustainability for future generations of Australians.
  • I will pass along the attitudes and skills essential to ensuring long-term sustainability of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage.

 

The Ten Commandments of Safety 

  • Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun.
  • Carry only empty guns, taken down or with the action open, into your car, camp and home.
  • Always be sure that the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  • Always carry your gun so that you can control the direction of the muzzle.
  • Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger.
  • Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot.
  • Never leave your gun unattended unless you unload it first.
  • Never climb a tree or a fence with a loaded gun.
  • Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or the surface of water.
  • Do not mix gunpowder and alcohol.