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Hunting on Permanent Timber Production Zone land

As of 3pm, Friday 5 June 2020, Permanent Timber Production Zone land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania can be used for recreational activities including exercising (walking, running, cycling), hunting, fishing and camping.

Normal limitations regarding restricted access to areas to manage important forest values and active forestry operations apply.

Government guidelines regarding physical distancing rules and limit to groups must be followed while accessing Permanent Timber Production Zone land.

If you have any questions, please email 


Hunting on Permanent Timber Production Zone land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Many Tasmanians enjoy hunting, including on land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

The following information is to assist people wanting to hunt on Permanent Timber Production Zone land (PTPZ) – formerly known as State Forest. Maps to assist you with hunting on PTPZ land can be downloaded from this site.

If you want to hunt on PTPZ land, you will need to:

  • Hold a current firearms licence
  • Appropriate permits from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) (see link below) for the animals you wish to hunt.
  • If applying for a new firearms/or renewing an existing licence an 'Authority to Shoot' can be obtained from any STT regional office at a cost of $11.00. This service is not available from the corporate head office in Hobart.
  • Be aware that entry onto some areas of PTPZ land for hunting may be restricted due to forest management activities such as harvesting, conflicting site values (e.g. threatened species). This will be at the discretion of the relevant Regional Forest Manager.
  • Be aware that no keys will be issued to access PTPZ land.

Please note: As part of our COVID-19 response permits/licences are only available over the phone until further notice. Contact details available on the Contact Us page.

General Regulations Applicable to all Species

There are a number of regulations applicable to all species. The important ones are listed below.

  • Hunting at night is prohibited, (night means the period between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise) unless you are the holder of a valid Crop Protection Permit for Permanent Timber Production Zone land.
  • The use of baits, live decoys, traps, snares, spears, bows and arrows, explosives, poison, bird lime and chemical compounds is prohibited.
  • Solid jacketed military ammunition is prohibited.

There are a number of areas where the road to PTPZ land is on private property controlled by private landowners – therefore STT do not have legal authority to give public access.

Big Den 2020

The Big Den Ballot is currently closed, but we wish to advise that we will be opening the Big Den to balloted hunters from the 19th of June 2020.

This opening will be for the doe hunting only, and STT will advise Big Den Ballot hunters of more weekends available.



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