Hunting penalties and offences

If you don't follow hunting rules in the Northern Territory (NT), you could be charged with a criminal offence and be made to pay fines.

A conservation officer or police officer may seize any vehicle, vessel, aircraft, gun, ammunition or equipment associated with any hunting related offence.

Penalty units

A penalty unit is worth a certain number of dollars.

The dollar value of penalty units changes each year.

Go to the Department of Treasury and Finance website to view current penalty unit values.

General hunting offences

Offence Maximum penalty
Breach of pig or waterfowl hunting permit on a reserve 50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months
Unauthorised taking or possession of wildlife or hunting without a permit

50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months

Littering 8 penalty units
Unauthorised introduction of animals

8 penalty units

Driving off road rather than on a designated track

8 penalty units

Waterfowl hunting offences

Offence Maximum penalty
Breach of a permit to hunt waterfowl

50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months

Using lead shot instead of non-toxic shot 50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months
Exceeding a bag limit

50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months

Shooting outside of gazetted times 50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months
Not disposing of waste correctly 50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months

Last updated: 28 November 2017