Find out when you need a separate dog permit to hunt with dogs.

If you want to hunt with dogs on public conservation land, with or without a firearm, you may need to get a dog permit. Dog permits are issued by the DOC visitor centre or office nearest to the area you plan to hunt in.

Bring up to date council dog registration information when applying for a permit.

Open hunting areas

Refer to the special conditions of the open hunting area permit. If dogs are allowed, the special conditions will tell you:

  • the conditions under which dogs are allowed (no separate dog permit is required - use of dogs is covered by the hunting permit), or
  • if you need to get a separate dog permit from the local DOC office.

Restricted hunting areas

If dogs are allowed in the restricted hunting area you want to hunt it, a special condition can be added to the restricted hunting area permit - no separate dog permit will be required. Check with the local DOC office if you want to hunt with dogs in a restricted hunting area.

Open hunting areas are areas that operate under the standard hunting permit conditions. Some open hunting areas may also have special conditions. Find open hunting areas

Restricted hunting areas are areas that are not open hunting areas. They have conditions specific to the area. Contact the DOC office closest to where you want to hunt.

Avian awareness and avoidance training

Be aware in some regions it is a requirement for dogs to undergo avian awareness and avoidance training. If a separate dog permit is required, or if you are interested in having a special condition added to a restricted hunting permit to cover the use of dogs, check with the local DOC office before you apply.

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