May
16

Recreational Hunting On Queenslands Public Land

SUBMISSION NOW BEFORE THE THREE RELEVANT STATE MINISTERS.
It is now time to petition, or make submissions to your local Members of Parliament, and ask that they be forwarded to the relevant Ministers.

Hunting Crown Land Rights Draft  Bill 2013

Aims
To supply between 80,000 to 160,000 (plus) hunting rangers, at no cost to the Crown to control Feral vermin and over populations of native species on public land. The ‘Proposal’ is designed to prevent elitist elements concentrating on just a single species and encourages with bounties the taking of feral vermin that have no trophy, meat, or financial incentive in an additional bounty system. The ‘Proposal’ also includes educational programs and a reporting system. It is envisaged that this ‘Proposal’ should produce between 80,000 to 160,000 accredited  people who will be advocates for the preservation of Queenslands public lands, parks and native animals. Most will work towards these aims at a minimum of once a year at no cost to the Crown.

The general public do not want feral animals to take days dying an agonising death from 1080, cyanide or strychnine poisons. All of these poisons have horrendous environment impacts in their production, use and disposal. Hunting provides the only economical ‘Proposal’ that will handle the magnitude of Queenslands feral/public land problems.

Hunting Crown Land Rights Bill 2013

Aims & Objects
A.1.   Humane & Cost efficient Management of all Feral animals on Crown and private land.
A. 2.  Education on Game Hunting and Management of all Feral animals.
A. 3.  Hunting & Habitat  restoration and management of wetlands and associated with  Queenslands  waterfowl. Hunters have proved that they keenly participate when they  benefit from a hunting season as per NSW and Ducks Unlimited in the USA.
A. 4.  Aboriginals are allowed to freely to hunt all species, when Europeans and others are  prohibited from hunting on Crown land and prohibited from hunting native species   even when in plague proportions. (This ‘Proposal’ addresses in part this legal  (apartheid) anomaly as the law should apply to all Australians.
A. 5.  Promoting Tourism from Hunters and promoting secondary industries in taxidermy and  game meat exports. Interstate hunters contributing their $250. will assist in the proposals           revenue. At present they are hunting on private land and no contributions are paid.
A. 6. Providing a $20 million dollar insurance policy to protect the Hunters and Crown  property. This provides another incentive for shooters to acquire the Hunting Right as  the insurance can be used by them to gain access to private land.
A. 7.  Projecting the raising of  $20 million fund, from a $250  per ten year right to hunt  for 80,000 shooters from the 160,000 shooters licensed in Queensland. With that  being paid in tandem to suit the new ten year Queensland  Shooting licence.( Plus    Additional  income from interstate and international Hunters who have to acquire  temporary Queensland licence and pay $250. for the right to hunt in Queensland for ten  years)

The System
B. 1.      Formation of statutory decision making body under the direction of Minister of  Environment, from here on called the ‘Hunting Council’, which will supervise the control of feral     animals and preservation of native species.

B. 2.      Formation of statutory body consisting of  Chairman the Minister, or his delegate appointing a delegate from the National Parks, DAFF, (Biosecurity) Shooter Union, Australian Deer Association, Field & Game Association, SSAA, Queensland Service Rifle Association, Firearm Owners Association of Australia. Delegate’s will be volunteers, or paid employees of government departments. No payments from funds pertaining to A.7.

B. 3.      Functions and decisions of the statutory body shall be funded from the above revenue   in A.7.

B.4.       Statutory body called “Hunting Council of any other suitable name shall be responsible for proposing proclamations to the Governor of Queensland, making decisions on:-

a)    Opening or Closing all public land to hunters who hold a Queensland, ‘Hunting Right’ or ‘certificate’,

b)    Awarding and payment of bounties to holders of Hunting Rights, (on supplied evidence of, ears, digital photos, scalp, etc)

c)    Ensuring that the hunter removes carcasses from public land, and wear two articles of Blaze Orange clothing as exterior garment otherwise loss of “Right” for 5 years,

d)    Opening and Closing of hunting seasons,

e)    Establishing wild fowl breeding habitats on public and private land,

f)    Production of educational information such as a Hunter Education Handbook and other materials and information are available for holders of approved QPS Instructors licences to add hunting test 5 shots in 100mm group at 50 yards or metres, for their students who wish to qualify for “Hunting Right”.

g)    Establishing a website with all educational information regarding Queensland with access ports for applications for Hunting right, for bookings on open proclaimed areas, and recording obligated reports on areas hunted after the event by each hunter.

h)    Establishing a bounty payment system either through local government, or the  Queensland Hunting website. (Utilising Pay Pal for example.)  Bounties purpose is to make the hunting of feral cats, feral dogs, feral pigs, as per the requirements of eradication of our worst pests. No Bounties on Native species, Feral Deer, or Goats.

i)    Establishing a general insurance for each “Hunter Right” for $20 million payable to compensate any entities private or public, damaged by any individual in possession of a ‘Hunters Right”.

j)      Responsible for organising the above duties within the budget of the above figures derived from A. 7.

Qualifications, Rights and Responsibilities.

C.  1.     To qualify for a Queensland, ‘Hunting Right’ applicant must be over the age required by shooters licence and prove themselves responsible hunters by  completing a question test on, safety, particularly hunter safety, feral animals, native species, animal and human recognition at distance and achieving 5 shots within a 100mm at 50 yards or metres depending on range available.

C. 2.  The applicant must pay the Crown for the “Hunting Right” the fee of $250. For ten years. To run concurrently with the Queensland Shooters Licence or Pro rata part existing thereof. Additional ‘H R’ category imprinted on the QPS licence card. Which will give the holder the ‘Right’ to hunt, feral animals as proclaimed by the ‘Hunting Council’ including

• donkey other than a domestic  (Equus asinus)
• European hare (Lepus capensis)
• Guinea pig (Cavia porcellus)
• horse other than a domestic (Equus caballus)
• llama other than a domestic  (Lama glama)
• mule other than a domestic  (Equus caballus x Equus asinus)
• sewer rat (Rattus norvegicus)
• Feral sheep other than a domestic (Ovis aries)
• wapiti deer (Cervus canadensis)
• water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)
• Bali cattle (Bos javanicus and B. sondaicus)
• bison or American buffalo other than a domestic  (Bison bison)
• black rat (Rattus rattus)
• camel (Camelus dromedarius)
• feral fallow deer (Dama dama)
• feral red deer (Cervus elaphus)
• cattle other than a domestic (Bos spp.)
• cat, other than a domestic cat (Felis catus)
• dingo (Canis familiaris dingo)
• dog, other than a domestic dog (Canis familiaris)
• European fox (Vulpes vulpes)
• European rabbit (domestic and wild breeds) (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
• feral chital deer (Axis axis)
• feral rusa deer (Cervus timorensis)
• feral pig other than a domestic  (Sus scrofa)
• goat, other than a domestic goat (Capra hircus)
• Sambur Deer (R. u. unicolor)
• Feral pigeon (Columba livia)
• Common or Indian Mynas or Mynah birds.
and Ducks, Geese, Egrets, Ibis, Fruit Bats and Indian mynah birds when proclaimed by the Governor.

C. 3.     Nothing in this Act prevents the hunting of the above feral animals on private land at anytime without out a “Hunting Right” as that right has to be given by the land owner. Of course once shown the Queensland ” Hunting Right” with the $20, million insurance compensation the land owner may be more likely to grant that right to hunt on their land.

C. 4.  If the Hunting Council decides to advise the Governor to proclaim a reduction in the numbers of Gray Kangaroo’s the Hunting Council can advise on the length of the season and the areas to be hunted (where the over population exists) and the limit per day that can be taken by each hunter who hold a Queensland “Hunters Right”.

C.5   When the Hunting Council decides to advise the Governor to proclaim a reduction in the numbers of ducks or any other wildfowl the Hunting Council can advise on the length of the season and the areas to be hunted (where the over population exists) and the bag limit per day that can be taken by each hunter who hold a Queensland “Hunters Right”.

C. 6. Each holder of ‘Hunting Rights’ must book hunts online seven days in advance  through the Queensland Hunting Council’s website, supplying all licence numbers and ‘hunting right’ details  and after a hunt are required to submit information on an online questionaire  to the Queensland Hunting Council website recording the species and number of feral animals observed and taken. These reports must be within 14 days and up-to-date before they can book any other hunts.

C.7. A person must not, engage in any conduct on public land declared for hunting:

(a) that interferes with the hunting of game or feral animals on that land by another person under the authority conferred by a Queensland Hunting right, and

(b) with the intention of interfering with that hunting.”
C. 8. All other rules of the National Park and Public Land still apply, Hunting Council may need to proclaim certain areas which have dense undergrowth for the additional use of Dogs. Some park areas which due to public use during the day may need to be hunted at night with spot lights to eradicate specified species animals such as cats and rats. These areas and conditions may be proclaimed as necessary.

Additional Information
The Proposal could be called the Scheme, Project or Plan, No terminology in this document is fixed and can be modified.

C.9.  Penalties
NSW have fines of up to $5500 under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act, as well as  suspension or loss of licence.

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