Hunting rabbit on public land in SA

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Is there anyway you can legally hunt, trap or snare rabbits on public land in SA?
Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 01:05

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 01:05
Hi Roger

As local Shire usually control public land, approach the local Shire in the area you are interested in. If not theirs the will be able to tell you which department owns the land. Eliminating rabbits will be welcomed by most communities, but there may be red tape as to by who and how it is done.

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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 06:38

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 06:38
Roger, the bunnies in SA are wearing either Crows or Port jumpers and are being slaughtered every weekend. No help required!

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Follow Up By: Glenn C5 - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 06:43

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 06:43
HA HA LUV IT
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Follow Up By: landseka - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:13

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:13
Hmmmm, nice comeback :-) but...Port gave Collywobbles a flogging last week & same for Sydney the previous week.

Who is slaughtering whom?????

Ha ha ha
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Reply By: KevinE - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 08:07

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 08:07
Hi Roger,

The short answer to your question is no.

Hunting on, or over crown land is forbidden (there is no public land in SA)

To hunt on private land you need written permission from the owner (unless you are the owner, or an employee of the owner). You also need a hunting permit to hunt rabbits on private land as well as the written permission.

Even with a permit & written permission, you cannot hunt on any land that is subject to native title, private or otherwise.

Permits are issued by DEWNR.

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Follow Up By: landseka - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:16

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:16
Crikey, bring back th e'good old days' when, with Dad, we'd go out almost every weekend (from Adelaide) for a feed of bunnys with 2 ferrets & nets.
No permits required.
Cheers Neil
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Follow Up By: Member - Wozikev - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:52

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:52
Here here !! I got my first saddle from bunny skins, checking 60 traps before and after school. Between rabbits and dead wool, there was money to be made.

Cheers ...................... Kev.
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 12:41

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 12:41
Yup! I used to own a small armoury of rifles/shotguns; they kept changing the rules! you need a licence - you don't need a licence - your guns have to be registered............... they don't have to be registered.............

In my lifetime though, you've always needed that written permission from the landowner & the hunting permit - just that nobody seemed to give a monkey's if you didn't do it back then. At least that was my experience. Different story now lol!

They've always been hot on hunting on Crown Land though - I had a model 90 Winchester 30/30 confiscated in the '70's for hunting on Crown land. They'd probably put me in jail if I did that today lol!

The native title thing is relatively recent.

Cheers! :)
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:08

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:08
You need a permit to hunt rabbits on private land! What sort of law makers are you guys voting for in SA ? Michael
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:34

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:34
I hear what you're saying mate.

I can't believe people put up with either the SA Labor party or the SA Liberal party!

Wouldn't it be great to have a politician, or political party that has the values of Don Dunstan or Tom Playford instead of these politically correct city centric wankers on offer!


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Follow Up By: Nutta - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:10

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:10
Yeah, Bob Katter gets my vote!
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:25

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:25
All politicians are so far out of touch with the common person its really hard to believe! Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, the Greens put their head up!! Michael
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 01:09

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 01:09
Hi
At a guess I suspect the rules relate to gun users having a legitimate reason / destination for driving around with one in their car. Nothing to do with killing any specific animal (or the greens:)
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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 08:39

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 08:39
Hi Greg, The hunting permit in SA is ALL about hunting, a specific permit for hunting ferals in general and a restricted permit for game birds. Two seperate permits.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 10:37

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 10:37
That's a specific permit for non-specific animals :), I get your point but the main aim of a permit is to give some control over who is driving around with a gun gun in the car...the specific animal you plan on killing isn't that important. If you don't have a permit and get caught I assume you are in some sort of trouble.


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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:53

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:53
Unfortunately those days are long gone but the memories still live.

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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 11:25

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 11:25
Hi Roger, If you are ever in Melbourne let me know I have a major rabbit problem. I have 1 1/2 acres and the rabbits are taking over. My dog can't keep up anymore with the chase, there are 8 major burrows probably 30 rabbits in the immediate area. LOL
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Reply By: allein m - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 12:18

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 12:18
my wife was born in Broken Hill and often tells me of her week ends out of town setting traps and bringing home a feed of rabbit , I wonder how many of todays kids have even tried rabbit when she was a kid



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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 13:12

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 13:12
$15.00 each in the local butcher shop.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 13:32

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 13:32
At school [1950] we caught enough rabbits and used their skins to by a large film projector for the school. Akubra hats Taree NSW] buy all the skins as their hats are made from them.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:45

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:45
Hi Peter,

You are correct in that Akubra Hats are made from Rabbit fur as it makes the best hat. However Akubra Hats are in Kempsey NSW and have been for well over thirty years now and are a well respected community employer run by the very well respected Keir Family.

They also prefer the wild rabbit skins as they are of a better quality for hat making, apparently.

Further to that I believe their get most of their rabbit pelts from China these days, so I have been told. May not be true but certainly believable.



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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:37

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:37
Everything is made in bloody China these days, even the rabbits!

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Reply By: pop2jocem - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 16:58

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 16:58
Not sure if true or not, but I have heard they have a bit of a rabbit problem in Canberra. Not sure if they actually breed there or if they just get attracted by the free feed. (;=))

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:46

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:46
Pop you must get your eyes checked. They are big bunnies AKA kangaroos. Not enough feed left for bunnies.

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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:28

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:28
On a similar note, whos responsible for that bit of land between the road and fence line??
In the last few weeks I have seen both foxes and bunnies just sitting there (Riverina area) They don't run as you drive past. Yesterday I pulled over to show the kids a fox. I was within five metres of it before it got up and just walked away.
Often got a bow in the car, but just wondering if it is allowed to take a shot.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 22:25

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 22:25
thats the unfortunate situation we have nowadays, everyone is worried about whether they are "allowed" to do stuff.
Just do it discretely and safely, there are more than enough beaurocrats employed to tell you if its not allowed without doing their job for them.
If you ask anything the answer will be no.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:19

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:19
Presumably you mean don't get caught? I know what you mean but one of the reasons we have (over)regulation and restriction is because a few with that attitude take one step too many. Amateur fishermen ignoring bag limits, people shooting in inappropriate places at the wrong time, you know the drill. Years ago an innocent picnicker was shot by a stray bullet from someone who thought he was "doing it discretely and safely". Rare and extremely unlucky for sure but as someone said " bleep happens" and if your discretion isn't adequate and you end up in court don't bleat about it.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:46

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:46
You can sit at home crying about whether your "allowed" to park here, "allowed" to camp there etc but i guarantee if there is no specific rule and you ask authoritys they will say no.
Hes not talking about guns or doing it in the middle of your inner city suburb in sydney melbourne or where ever. Nor is he (or i) talking about "exceeding bag limits"
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 14:34

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 14:34
Nor was I. I was simply giving you examples of people with similar attitudes to the one you expressed.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 23:45

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 23:45
To an urbanite (which im guessing you are) maybe it does. Dont you think its a little unfair to make a judgement on people who live in an environment completely foreign to you?
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 10:53

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 10:53
I was raised in the country, now live in a town, but if you're suggesting that one rule should apply to you and another to others you're a long way off the mark. I think once again you're suggesting that the likelihood of being seen/reported or caught is less so it's okay to discreetly transgress where it suits. Problem with that is, as I suggested above, if we all move the boundaries to where we want them then there are no boundaries. Most of us will still do the right thing 99% of the time (I'm sure we've all bucked the rules at sometime) but as we know there are plenty who won't. It's also one thing to quietly ignore rules, entirely another to advocate others do so.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 11:42

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 11:42
in a couple of minor spots you aren't wrong.
Just because something is against the law does not automatically make it morally wrong, unless your morals are dictated for you by whoever is our fearless leader this week.
I know what the spirit of most laws are though some are a mystery.
And I (and many others also Id wager) may bend some of them in a situation which harms no one or causes anyone detriment in anyway without any feeling of guilt.
Next question-do I teach my kids that? No, but I don't let them become automatons by sitting around on the computer playing games etc.

While you may not have been able to find enough of interest in the country lifestyle to keep you there, luckily others can and do.

I also didn't "advocate he break the rules", I said sometimes better not to ask as the answer will be negative.
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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 08:44

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 08:44
There are written rules for that situation, ignorance is no excuse.

Peter

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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 08:51

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 08:51
Maybe but it works pretty well for most people
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Reply By: passionfruit - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:05

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:05
Feral game is fair game........
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:56

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:56
As long as it's dispatched with speed and due respect. I doubt there are many Robin Hoods around these days.

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Follow Up By: Roger T3 - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 11:47

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 11:47
The reality is that animals are already getting killed, by that I mean feral animals are killing our native animals. The question then becomes not 'should animals be hunted' but 'which animals should be hunted'. That question is rhetorical and native animals need all the help we can give them.
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Reply By: get outmore - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:38

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:38
We used to shoot them along the middle beah road.
Since calici theve never recovered though
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 01:01

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 01:01
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 16:22

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 16:22
Back in '65 I use to take my 22 Bruno up on the middle beach rd as well.

I can't remember the Distance but I'd push my bike from Blair Athol to middle beach and see if I could find a rabbit, I didn't have much luck. LOL

The rifle use to be slung over my shoulder and the police never pulled me up.

Don't think I would try that these days.



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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 08:46

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 08:46
We used to shoot pigeons on the cliffs at Port Noarlunga, Witton Bluff and that was in the early 80's. They'd have the SWAT team there now!

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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 10:16

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 10:16
Hi Bazooka, you just might be very surprised just how many bowhunters there are in Australia..me included.

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Follow Up By: SDG - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 11:52

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 11:52
Just a hunter Merv, or a member of one of the clubs as well? ABA, IFAA, etc
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Reply By: Roger T3 - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 11:44

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 11:44
Wow, was not expecting so many responses on an Aussie forum, thanks for all the advice and information everybody.

The laws today regarding hunting are such a shame and they really make you scratch your head.

Once again, thank you very much.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 13:12

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 13:12
Good post and replies! Michael
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Reply By: Daisy G - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:20

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:20
You can wait near a tree stool then the rabbit will collide to dead. Haha, I am just joking, this is a old proverb my son learn from school.
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Reply By: Daisy G - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:23

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:23
You should have a carefully reading at the local government regulation. Even hunting is allowd, you should bring authorized weapons. Using an unauthorized weapon can result in a large fine and possibility prosecution.
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Reply By: Daisy G - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:26

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:26
Aimals taking refuge in trees near or navigating through floodwaters can not be hunted.
Fire and smoke can not be used to kill or disorient an animal for the purpose of hunting it.
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Reply By: Daisy G - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:29

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:29
You are require to get a hunting license. For the pregnant rabbit, better give her freedom.
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