​​​​​​​If you are applying for a ​ Category B, C, D,E, H, M or R weapon, as part of your application you must state in writing the reason why the weapon is needed.

If you are acquiring a weapon for hunting purposes the following information will help you determine whether you are acquiring the correct weapon for your stated purpose.

Protected Animals

Hunting in Queensland is generally restricted to feral animals. Australian native species are protected and cannot be hunted recreationally. If you intend to acquire a weapon for shooting a specific animal, ensure that you are aware whether or not it is legal to hunt that animal. Refer to the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006 for more information.

More information on the types of licences or authorities required for the taking of native wildlife can be found through the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Shooting specific feral animals

If your genuine need is for shooting specific feral animals, be aware that under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2011 it is an offence to kill an animal in a way that it is inhumane.

The Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals sets out the firearms and ammunition suitable for the humane destruction of feral livestock animals.

Pigs
Ground shooting: .243 calibre rifles with 80 or 100 grain soft nose projectiles. .222 or .223 calibre rifles may be suitable in competent hands.

Aerial shooting: .308 calibre rifles with 150 grain silver tip, hollow or soft point ammunition or .30/30 calibre with 150 grain soft point ammunition.

12 gauge shotguns with 28 to 30 inch barrels on 3/4 to full choke for shooting from helicopters. SG or SSG cartridges are suitable for larger pigs; BB or AAA cartridges can be used for smaller (<40kg) pigs. Short barrel (20’) open choke shotguns are not suitable because of the sparse pattern they throw.

Buffalo, Cattle, Horses, Donkeys, Camels
Ground shooting: .308 (7.62mm) calibre rifles. For cattle, horses, donkeys and camels silver tip or soft point ammunition is preferred except for heavy scrub bulls where hard pointed/jacketed ammunition should be used.

Aerial shooting: For helicopter shooting hard pointed/jacketed projectiles 170 grain (or heavier) should be used.

Goats
Ground shooting: .243 calibre rifles with 80 grain projectiles. .222 or .223 calibre rifles may be suitable in competent hands.

Aerial shooting: .30/30 and .308 calibre rifles.

12 gauge shotguns with 28 to 30 inch barrels on 3/4 to full choke for shooting from helicopters. SG or SSG cartridges are suitable for larger pigs; BB or AAA cartridges can be used for smaller (<40kg) pigs. Short barrel (20’) open choke shotguns are not suitable because of the sparse pattern they throw.

Deer
.243 calibre rifles with 100 grain projectiles are the minimum acceptable. 150 grain .308 projectiles are considered suitable for all deer in Australia.