Recreational hunting is a legitimate pastime in which people of all ages and cultural backgrounds can participate in a group or by themselves. Hunting provides the opportunity to obtain organic free-range food (the SSAA’s Field to Fork cookbooks shows many examples of this) and provide conservation benefits to the environment. Recreational hunters travel the country and provide direct and indirect social, economic and environmental benefit to regional communities.
While hunting may be a controversial issue to some, in reality, conservation hunting has done much to save many of Australia’s endangered species from extinction by predation and habitat loss. It is also instrumental in the management of both introduced and native species. Hunting is sometimes loosely referred to as a ‘sport’, but it is better explained as an activity, pastime, hobby or recreation. Just like some forms of fishing, hunting can be physically and mentally challenging and rewarding, and it is these components that make the activity feel sports-like for many people.
2013 Year of the Hunter
Hunters play a valuable role in maintaining Australia’s natural and balanced ecosystem, but this can be overlooked by those who do not necessarily hunt or understand hunting. In 2013, SSAA National is celebrating and promoting the hard work of our hunters through its 2013 Year of the Hunter.
Quail Research Project
SSAA National, in partnership with SSAA South Australia, SSAA Victoria and SSAA Tasmania, is continuing and expanding its Quail Research Project that requires the assistance of quail hunters, with samples of their harvested quail during this year’s hunting seasons.
What you can hunt
Whether hunting for food or to manage populations, hunters should be familiar with their target animal. The following suggests cartridge type, methods to target specific species and other general information about what you can hunt.
State and territory hunting regulations
In Australia, hunting is regulated by each state and territory government. This has led to a number of different regulations, laws, fees, charges and licence requirements. The following provides a snapshot of the different state and territory hunting regulations.
The SSAA encourages its members to keep informed about hunting and environmental issues. The following provides fact sheets and research papers that can be used as educational resources.
Conservation & Wildlife Management branches
Within the SSAA, there are groups of shooters dedicated to the preservation of native Australian species and management of introduced species. These members form the SSAA's Conservation & Wildlife Management branches.
Be Part of the Solution campaign
To promote the importance of hunting as a viable management tool to the wider, non-hunting public, the SSAA launched its Be Part of the Solution campaign, which includes highly visual billboards and posters displaying one of Australia’s most destructive introduced species - the fox.
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