Bounty terms and conditions

1. Background

Foxes and wild dogs are declared pest animals in Victoria. They cannot be eradicated from the state and require ongoing management by all public and private landowners.

Effective fox and wild dog management requires an integrated approach, using all suitable management practices including poison baiting, trapping, exclusion fencing, fumigation and appropriate animal husbandry. Hunting can play an important role in supporting an integrated management approach.

This program rewards eligible Victorian hunters with a $10 bounty reward for each fox killed, and $120 for each wild dog killed, subject to the terms and conditions in this document.

The most effective way to achieve sustained reductions in fox and wild dog populations is through coordinated community baiting programs, implemented at a landscape scale and they should be supported by other control techniques.

2. Eligible applicants

2.1 Fox reward

  • All Victorian residents and landholders are eligible to submit acceptable entire fox scalps at scheduled collection centres, providing that those scalps were collected in Victoria and the supply is one made in an individual capacity, not of a commercial or business nature. For example, the supply is one from either a private, recreational pursuit, or hobby.

2.2 Wild dog reward

  • Victorian landholders and residents in designated Wild Dog Control Areas of Victoria are eligible to submit acceptable entire wild dog body parts at scheduled collection centres, providing that those body parts were collected in Victoria during the bounty period (commencing from 26 October 2016). Wild Dog Control Areas of Victoria are shown in Figure 1.
  • Victorian financial members of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, Field and Game Australia, the Australian Deer Association, Victorian Hound Hunters Association, Australian Bow Hunters Association, Gippsland Deer Stalkers Association and North East Deer Stalkers Association are also eligible to submit acceptable body parts of wild dogs hunted in Wild Dog Control Areas of Victoria during the bounty period at scheduled collection centres.

Figure 1 shows the Victorian wild dog control areas.

Map of Victorian wild dog control areas

2.3 Persons not eligible to participate

Persons or businesses who buy, trade, sell, or offer commission or accept royalties for fox or wild dog body parts from any hunter anywhere in Australia, are not eligible to participate in the bounty. The bounty is to reward hunters for their hunting efforts, not for third parties to seek a profit. The supply must be made in an individual capacity, and not of a commercial or business nature. For example, the supply could result from either a private, recreational pursuit, or hobby. The application form must be read carefully, together with the terms and conditions when seeking to participate in the bounty.

3. Proof of eligibility

3.1 Foxes

When submitting acceptable entire fox scalps for bounty reward an applicant must:

  • Sign an application form stating that the applicant acknowledges and understands that receipt of the fox bounty is for Victorian residents and/or property owners only, for foxes taken in the State of Victoria, and the supply is one made in an individual capacity, not of a commercial or business nature (see 2.1). The applicant must declare that they are eligible for payment of the bounty, accept and agree to the terms of payment of the bounty as detailed in the form and confirm that all details they have provided are correct.
  • Provide evidence of residency, land ownership, or land lease in Victoria by showing photographic identification (Victorian Driver's Licence, Victorian Boat Licence, Shooters Licence), a rates notice or lease agreement.

3.2 Wild dogs

When submitting the acceptable entire wild dog body part for bounty reward an applicant must:

  • Sign an application form stating that the applicant acknowledges and understands that receipt of the wild dog bounty is for landholders and residents in designated wild dog control areas taking wild dogs in those areas and for those members of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, Field and Game Australia, the Australian Deer Association, Victorian Hound Hunters Association, Australian Bow Hunters Association, Gippsland Deer Stalkers Association and North East Deer Stalkers Association who are Victorian residents taking wild dogs in designated wild dog control areas. The applicant must declare that they are eligible for payment of the bounty, accept and agree to the terms of payment of the bounty as detailed in the form and confirm that all details they have provided are correct.
  • Provide evidence of land ownership, or land lease in Wild Dog Control Areas in Victoria by showing photographic identification (Victorian Driver's Licence, Victorian Boat Licence, Shooters Licence), a rates notice or lease agreement
  • Provide their current financial membership card and membership number if the person is a Victorian member of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, Field and Game Australia, Australian Deer Association, Victorian Hound Hunters Association, Australian Bow Hunters Association, Gippsland Deer Stalkers Association or the North East Deer Stalkers Association.
  • Indicate where the wild dogs were taken from within designated wild dog control areas of Victoria.

4. Definition and acceptable condition of entire fox scalps for bounty reward

4.1 Foxes

  • Eligible participants must submit an entire fox scalp including both ears, the skin surrounding both eyes and the nose.
  • Individual entire fox scalps can be air dried, frozen or fresh.
  • Entire fox scalps submitted in batches must be able to be readily separated into individual scalps for identification and counting.
  • No blocks of frozen entire fox scalps will be accepted.
  • No putrefying or rotting material will be accepted.
  • No body parts other than an entire fox scalp including both ears, the skin surrounding both eyes and the nose will be accepted.
  • Foxes must be taken from areas described in section 2 of these terms and conditions.

4.2 Wild dogs

  • Eligible participants must submit an entire single piece of skin and fur running from the snout, incorporating the ears, along the animal's back and including the tail.
  • The skin must be submitted in a manner that enables it to be easily identified as a wild dog — for example being flat and air dried.
  • No blocks of frozen wild dog body parts will be accepted.
  • Frozen material must be defrosted prior to being submitted.
  • No putrefying or rotting material will be accepted.
  • No body parts other than a single piece of skin and fur running from the snout, incorporating the ears, along the animal's back and including the tail will be accepted.
  • Wild dogs must be taken from areas described in Section 2 of these terms and conditions.

5. Legal considerations for hunters

All laws regarding wildlife, hunting, use of firearms, use of bows, use of traps and cruelty to animals must be adhered to at all times.

  • The use of hounds and dogs to hunt foxes is a legal practice. All legislation regarding the hunting of foxes must be observed by hunters participating in the Victorian fox bounty. Under Section 28 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, a person must not set or urge a dog to attack, bite, rush at or chase any person or animal except when hunting in accordance with the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTA).
  • In addition to the provisions of the POCTA Act, hunters should also refer to the POCTA Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals in Hunting for specific information for the use of dogs in hunting.

Where dogs are used to hunt foxes, the following Code of Practice requirements apply:

  • Gun dogs may be used to point out or flush foxes.
  • Dogs used for hunting must not be permitted to 'worry' (where the dog holds the prey and shakes it violently), maim or injure animals.
  • Scent training hounds must not be allowed to wander unchecked or out of control of a hunter.

Hunters should conduct shooting in an ethical manner that reduces the likelihood of unnecessary suffering of animals. Best practice hunting for foxes requires a head shot.

With appropriate permission, approval and licences, foxes can be hunted throughout Victoria.

Dingoes often occur in areas inhabited by wild dogs, appear morphologically similar to wild dogs and are extremely difficult to differentiate from wild dogs. This means that wild dog control programs have the potential to directly impact on Dingoes.

  • In Victoria, the Dingo (Canis lupus dingo) has been listed as 'Threatened' under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and is protected on most areas of public land under the Wildlife Act 1975.
  • Dingoes have been declared as unprotected on all private land in Victoria, as well as in the shaded areas (and according to the description provided) on public land shown in Figure 2 below (except when in captivity).
Figure 2 shows the areas where the Dingo is unprotected on public land within 3 kilometres of any private boundary.

Map showing areas where the dingo is unprotected on public land within 3 kilometres of any private boundary

6. Bounty rewards

  • Acceptable entire fox scalps, including both ears, the skin surrounding both eyes and the nose, will be rewarded at $10 each.
  • Acceptable entire wild dog body parts, being a single piece of skin and fur running from the snout, incorporating the ears, along the animal's back and including the tail, will be rewarded $120.
  • Payment will be made within 30 days in accordance with standard Agriculture Victoria terms.
  • Eligible participants can choose to be paid by cheque or by electronic fund transfer to their nominated account. Payment will not be made on the day of collection.

7. Collection centres

  • Entire fox scalps and entire wild dog body parts will be collected from members of the public at specific dates and times, and from specified sites that have been scheduled as collection centres.
  • Collection centres will be open for a two hour period according to the Victorian Fox and Wild Dog Bounty Collection Schedule. Collections are not scheduled over major holiday periods. This does not prevent hunters collecting acceptable entire fox scalps over these periods.
  • Collections will occur every four weeks except in Gippsland where collections will occur every 8 weeks to minimise administration costs.
  • Eligible Victorian residents and landholders will be able to collect acceptable body parts for bounty reward throughout the entire year but will only be eligible to apply for bounty reward at scheduled collection centres during scheduled collection times.
  • Times, dates and addresses for each scheduled collection centre are detailed in the Bounty collection schedule or by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

8. General conditions

  • No material submitted for bounty reward will be accepted at any public counter or state government office.
  • Collections will only occur at scheduled collection centres during scheduled collection times.
  • Collection centres indicated in the  Bounty collection schedule will only accept bounty reward applications during scheduled collection times.
  • Agriculture Victoria bounty collection staff reserve the right to reject material submitted for bounty reward if those staff deem that the submitted material does not meet the terms and conditions described in section 4 of these terms and Conditions.
  • The decisions of Agriculture Victoria bounty collection staff to accept or reject entire fox scalps and entire wild dog body parts submitted for bounty reward are final and non-negotiable.
  • Agriculture Victoria reserves the right to review and change bounty collection centres, collection schedules and collection times at any time.
  • Agriculture Victoria reserves the right to investigate the origin of body parts and or scalps submitted by the applicant if there is a reason to believe the body parts or scalps came from outside the areas specified in section 2. Subject to the findings of these investigations, Agriculture Victoria reserves the right to withhold, terminate or accept the bounty payment.
  • Agriculture Victoria reserves the right to review and change any other aspect of these terms and conditions at any time.

9. Further information

For further information contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Page last updated: 11 Dec 2020