Australia Gun Culture (Part 10): How to Shoot Kangaroos in Australia
By Dean Weingarten
Rabbits, cats, feral dogs, feral horses, feral donkeys, feral pigs, feral goats, foxes, camels, wild cattle, and water buffalo can be taken with few regulatory limitations.
Deer have some limitations on the calibers that may be used. Game can be shot with spotlights and from vehicles.
The shooting of Kangaroos, on the other hand, is highly regulated, and requires numerous different types of permits and licenses.
Kangaroos maintain high populations and are agricultural pests in large areas of Australia. In New South Wales, near Quirindi, road killed Eastern Grey Kangaroos are about as common as road killed deer in Wisconsin.
The shooting of kangaroos is regulated as to what position the animal must be in when shot (standing), where the animal may be shot (brain shots only), what calibers may be used (centerfire only, .204 Ruger and up), the range they may be shot at (less than 200 meters), and of course, who may shoot them (licensed commercial shooters and primary producers).
Farmers are the most common primary producers. Commercial shooters need to apply for permits and numbered tags. Primary producers need …Read the Rest