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More Bowhunting Information


Our Bowhunting Organisation

The structure of A.B.A.Inc. provides for 2 Divisions, the "Bowhunting Division" and the Sport Division "Field Archery Australia", as well as the business wing which produces the Association Magazine, "Archery Action with Outdoor Connections".

The Bowhunting Division directs the Association's Trophy Recognition, Game Recording and Measurement Systems and the National Bowhunter Education Programme. The Trophy Bowhunters of Australia, (a Club of members who have attained a required standard of bowhunting excellence) is a part of this Division.

Each of the Association's 10 Branches have a Bowhunting Division Representative and a Branch Bowhunting Instructor as members of the Branch Committee with each having the responsibility to train and qualify Club Bowhunting Instructors and Club Field Representatives. The Club Field Representative is an accredited Game Measuring Officer and is the members' first link in the recording of bowshot game.

The Chairman of the TBA and Branch Bowhunting Division Representatives form the Bowhunting Technical Committee who act to advise on bowhunting policies, Rules of Fair Chase and Bowhunting Ethics


Bowhunting Legislation

Legislation of Bowhunting is a State matter and, as a generalisation, bowhunting in Australia, at the present time, is not subject to regulation by law in terms of the ability to bowhunt however, Victoria does require a "Hunters Permit". New South Wales requires the minimum of a “G Licence” to hunt deer on private property or a “R Licence” if booking Game Council blocks on which you wish to hunt any of the introduced and pest species.

In all States, Bowfishing and Bowhunting for Fish is subject to the same Regulations which govern Spearfishing. However at the present time you cannot bowfish in Victoria at all and you can only bowfish in South Australia for European Carp in Tributaries of the Murray River. Please make sure you are up to date with any State fishing regulations when it comes to Bowfishing.

Access to hunting land is, for the most part, by invitation of private landowners, cattle and sheep stations and graingrowers. Some States do permit bowhunting in State Forests and Parks while others do not. Dedicated commercial hunting properties are few though of recent times many private landowners have introduced charges for hunting access to their properties. The majority of landowners, however, still regard the hunting of introduced game as a service provided by the hunter.

Legislation, for the most part, prohibits the taking of native animal species though certain species may be taken in accordance with authorised management culling programmes. Non-native (introduced species) only are recognised by the Australian Bowhunters Association.

As a matter of Association Policy, all members who bowhunt are required to attend a Bowhunter Education Course and gain a Bowhunter Proficiency Certificate.