Bow Hunting

Andreas Lundin, awarded the M.W.F.A Stag of the year trophy for 2013

Bow Hunting is one of the most challenging and rewarding pursuits that can be undertaken by the skilled archer.The archery skills that are developed on the practice range and in 3DAAA competitions lay the foundation upon which can then be developed the required hunting skills of tracking, stalking and concealment.

Bow Hunting is an ethical and humane method of hunting and it is considered as ‘fair chase’ – where the skills of the hunter are pitted against the natural instincts of the prey.

Hunting shots are typically taken from less than 30 yards, so a great degree of skill in approaching wild game needs to be developed.

Hunting shots are typically taken from less than 30 yards, so a great degree of skill in approaching wild game needs to be developed.

Many members of M.W.F.A enjoy bow hunting throughout the year. Deer season is a particular favourite with the club,and it is a topic of discussion at that time. Outside of deer season, club hunters regularly pursue rabbits, feral goats, pigs, wild dogs and foxes. All native animals are off limits to bow hunting and our club members adhere to strict legal, moral and ethical obligations.

If you want to hunt game and feral animals on public land in NSW, you need to apply for a Restricted licence.If you want to hunt deer or other game animals on private land, you need to apply for a game hunting licence. This can be either the Restricted licence, which also gives you public land access, or a General licence for private land only.You don’t need a licence if you are only hunting non-indigenous animals (listed in Part 2 of Schedule 3 to the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002) on private land.You must have a licence to hunt deer on private or public land in NSW. In addition, Some species of deer have specific times of the year when they breed, so hunting at these times is restricted due to an increased likelihood of animal welfare concerns.

The following seasons apply to deer hunting in NSW.

Deer hunting season for Fallow, Red and Wapiti is from 1 March to 31 October

Deer hunting season for Hog deer is from 1 April to 30 April only.

Chital, Sambar and Rusa deer can be hunted all year.

To learn more about the licensing requirements, we suggest you read the NSW Legislation Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 No 64 and visit the Game Licencing Division on the DPI website.

As a condition of membership, all members of Manly Warringah Field Archers must abide by the The NSW Hunter’s Code of Practice at all times.


Hunters’ Code of Practice

Licensed hunters in NSW must follow a mandatory Code of Practice to ensure ethical, safe and responsible hunting takes place. The code is part of the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002and the Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012, and is a legally binding condition of a game hunting licence in NSW. Breaches of the code result in heavy penalties.

Hunting organisations are encouraged to adopt the Code of Practice as their own.

The mandatory provisions of the Code of Practice are as follows:

Awareness of relevant legislation

It is your responsibility as a licence holder to be aware of and comply with all relevant legislation relating to hunting, animal welfare and the use of firearms.

Safe handling of firearms

If you are using firearms, you must comply with the rules for safe handling, set out in the NSW Firearms Safety Awareness handbook, at all times.

Permission required to enter land

Your licence does not automatically authorise you to hunt on any land. You must not hunt on any land unless you hold the express authority (permission) of the landowner.

Target identification and safety

You must not fire at a game or pest animal unless it can be clearly seen and identified. The shot taken must not pose any discernible risk of injury to any person or damage to any property.

Obligation to avoid suffering

An animal being hunted must not be inflicted with unnecessary pain. To achieve a humane death, you must:

  • target the animal so that a humane kill is likely
  • shoot within the reasonably accepted killing range of the firearm, ammunition or bow
  • always use hunting equipment (firearm and ammunition, bow and arrow), that can be reasonably expected to humanely kill the animal you are targeting.

Lactating female with dependent young

If you harvest a lactating female, every reasonable effort must be made to locate and kill any dependent young.

Wounded animals

If an animal is wounded, you must take all reasonable steps to locate it so that it can be killed quickly and humanely.

Use of dogs

Dogs and other animals may be used by you while hunting, but only if:

Manly Warringah Field Archers is proud of the fact that many of our members are active bow hunters. Within our ranks are bow hunters who have successfully hunted prized trophy animals on several continents for decades, and many others who are regular hunters of feral and game animals throughout NSW and the other states of Australia.

If you are interested in knowing more about bow hunting,you can’t go past the skill and experience that exists within the membership of the Manly Warringah Field Archers.