Non-toxic shot and hunting ammunition
There are certain types of ammunition you must use when hunting with firearms in the Northern Territory (NT).
You need a hunting permit to use any type of shot or ammunition in a park or reserve.
Lead shot rules
It is illegal to use lead shot for waterfowl hunting in the NT.
If you don't follow this law you could be charged with a hunting offence.
Lead shot is toxic and can harm the environment and poison animals that may eat it.
You can use lead shot for hunting pigs on hunting reserves with a permit, but you should use non-toxic shot instead of lead shot.
Non-toxic shot use
You must use use non-toxic shot for waterfowl hunting.
Lead is a toxic substance that can harm humans, wildlife and the environment.
You can use non-toxic shot types including:
- steel shot (soft iron)
- hevishot and other alloys.
Talk to staff at your gun shop for more information on shot types.
Last updated: 04 February 2020