Pig hunting in reserves rules

There are rules you must follow with your permit for hunting feral pigs in Northern Territory (NT) reserves.

If you don't follow the rules below, you could be charged with a hunting offence.

These feral pig hunting permit rules apply to Harrison Dam and Shoal Bay reserves. 

You must always carry your NT shooting licence and your permit to hunt feral pigs when hunting.

Harrison Dam Reserve

You can use any category A firearm that is a shotgun - except for a pump action or self-loading shotgun. Read the law.

You can use a hunting bow including a recurve bow, reflex bow, long bow or compound bow.

Crossbows are not allowed.

Shoal Bay Reserve

There are particular weapons you must use during and outside the waterfowl season when you are hunting feral pigs at Shoal Bay Reserve.

During the waterfowl season

You can use any category A firearm that is a shotgun - except for a pump action or self-loading shotgun. Read the law.

You can use a hunting bow including a recurve bow, reflex bow, long bow or compound bow.

You cannot use a crossbow.

Outside the waterfowl season

The rules about hunting bows are the same as above, but there are different types of firearms you can use outside of the waterfowl hunting season.

You can use any category A firearm described in the Firearms Act that is any of the following:

  • a rimfire rifle, other than a self-loading rimfire rifle
  • a shotgun, other than a pump action or self-loading
    shotgun
  • a shotgun and rimfire rifle combination.

You can also use any category B firearm as described in the Firearms Act is either:

  • a centre-fire rifle, other than a self-loading centre-fire rifle
  • or a shotgun and centre-fire rifle combination.

Hunting dogs

If you want to take hunting dogs into a reserve, you must have a licensed firearm or weapon with you.

You must not have more than three dogs with you while hunting in a reserve.

Last updated: 13 October 2017