Risks ignored by pro-hunting Premier

The reopening of State Forests to amateur hunters presents a real and ongoing risk of people being shot. Despite the government’s own assessment identifying the dangers, it continues to send armed, unsupervised amateur hunters into public forests across NSW.

The list of forests declared open for hunting is available here. 

FNSW Risk Assessment







A copy of the Government’s own risk assessment can be downloaded here: Forestry Corporation of NSW Report – Review of the Risk Analysis of Permitted Hunting in NSW State Forests


“Ad hoc amateur hunting is not about feral pest control, it’s all about bloodsports and that should not be happening in our public forests.Greens MP and Firearms Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“More than a decade of amateur hunting in State Forests has failed to control a single feral pest species in a single forest.

“A key failing in reopening of forests for hunting is the absence of even the most basic competency testing for amateur hunters.

“Hunters are being let loose on public land and no one ever checks they can shoot with any accuracy, let alone tell feral pests from native animals.

“Without competency testing they are a clear danger to other users in the forests whether forestry workers or the general public.

“Documents show that Forestry Corporation and the Government are aware of the risks, yet intend to proceed with their plans to reopen these lands to armed amateurs.

“What is clear is that the  ongoing campaign against hunting on public land has forced the Government to impose tighter controls including compulsory GPS for hunters. However even with these modest improvements it does not make the practice either safe or humane”, Mr Shoebridge said.

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3 Responses to Risks ignored by pro-hunting Premier

  1. richard watt January 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    As a frequent user of national parks I certainly will not be going to any of these parks, in fact I will not go to other parks in the states that allow hunting in national parks. Does the name National mean nothing to state premiers?

  2. Mrs. Miller January 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    David I am a Greens supporter, conservationist, naturalist & bush lover but on behalf of my highly trained, skilled and legally licensed bow hunting son I feel YOU draw a long bow, with geralisations not based in fact. Feel encouraged to email me at my provided email address for a discussion of this important matter. Btw, we love the bush, live in the bush and protect our native species passionately. My son does not hunt as a sport! he does so using traditional techniques to provide food for his family. The target animal dies quickly after a single well placed arrow. Such equipment is specialized and expensive. Bow hunters must be expert to track and locate themselves as close as possible to the target animal. Arrows are far too valuable to risk losing just for ‘fun’.
    We do not treat it as fun. It is a serious, skilled craft. please contact me to further discuss..
    Your press release is overly generalized and inaccurate.

  3. Graham Whitehead January 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    More than a decade of amateur hunting in State Forests without a single incident. There aren’t many outdoor sports or pursuits that can claim that kind of safety record. So, why all the hype about amateur hunters being “let loose” on public land again, and inferences that they need to checked for “accuracy” ?

    During the previous decade of legal hunting in State Forests, hundreds of thousands of feral animals were hunted by amateur hunters, and millions of native birds and animals consequently saved from feral predation. What exactly is your objection to that ? The Greens still care about the environment, right ?

    As for your comment that hunting is not humane, death from a hunter’s bullet or arrow occurs quickly, and is far more humane than death by poisoning or poorly placed shots from a helicopter – the preferred methods of prefessional hunters employed by the government.

    All hunting clubs have a strict code of ethics concerning how feral animals are humanely despatched. I suggest you contact one of these clubs and tag along on a hunt. You might be suprised at how safe and humane it really is. You might also be amazed at the accuracy of the placed shots. At the moment it is obvious to me that you are speaking from a place of ignorance, and making a grand assumption that everyone who votes Green is against hunting.