Bounty terms and conditions
Foxes and wild dogs are declared as established pest animals in Victoria. Their eradication from the state is not possible with currently available control tools, therefore ongoing management is required by all public and private landowners.
Effective fox and wild dog management requires an integrated approach, using all suitable management tools including poison baiting, trapping, exclusion fencing, fumigation, Canid pest ejectors and appropriate animal husbandry. Hunting can play an important role in supporting an integrated management approach.
The Bounty program rewards eligible applicants with a $10 bounty reward for each fox scalp, and $120 for each wild dog body part, provided they meet the terms and conditions detailed on this page.
2. Eligible applicants
Persons seeking to participate in the bounty should read the application form and the terms and conditions carefully.
2.1 Fox reward
- Persons who are landholders (freehold or leasehold) in, or who reside in, Victoria are eligible to submit acceptable entire fox scalps at scheduled collection centres, provided 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
- Persons who are landholders (freehold or leasehold) in, or who reside in, a designated Wild Dog Control Area (WDCA) of Victoria are eligible to submit acceptable entire wild dog body parts at scheduled collection centres, provided that those body parts were collected in a WDCA of Victoria during the bounty period (commencing from 26 October 2016) and the supply is one made in an individual capacity, not a commercial or business nature. For example, the supply is one from either a private recreational pursuit or hobby. The WDCAs of Victoria are shown in Figure 1.
- Victorian financial members of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, Field & Game Australia, the Australian Deer Association, the Victorian Hound Hunters Association, Gippsland Deer Stalkers Association and Northeast Deer Stalkers Association are also eligible to submit acceptable body parts of wild dogs hunted in a WDCA of Victoria during the bounty period at scheduled collection centres.
Figure 1 shows the Victorian WDCAs and Victorian fox and wild dog bounty collection sites.
2.3 Persons not eligible to participate
Persons or businesses who buy, trade, sell, or offer commission or accept royalties for fox scalps or wild dog body parts from any hunter anywhere in Australia, are not eligible to participate in the bounty. The bounty is to reward applicants for their hunting efforts, not for third parties to seek a profit. The application form must be read carefully, together with the terms and conditions when seeking to participate in the bounty. Non-Victorian residents and/or property owners are not eligible to participate in the bounty.
3. Proof of eligibility
When submitting acceptable entire fox scalps for bounty reward an applicant must:
- sign an application form:
- – declaring they are eligible for the bounty reward (see section 2)
- – agreeing to the terms of payment of the bounty (see section 6); and
- – declaring that all details they have provided are correct.
- provide evidence of residency or landholding (ownership or lease) in Victoria in the form of photographic identification (Victorian Driver's Licence, Victorian Boat Licence), a rates notice or lease agreement.
3.2 Wild dogs
When submitting acceptable entire wild dog body parts for bounty reward an applicant must:
- sign an application form:
- – declaring they are eligible for the bounty reward (see section 2.2 above);
- – agreeing to the terms of payment of the bounty (see section 6 below); and
- – declaring that all details provided in the application form are true and correct
- provide evidence of either:
- – residency or landholding (ownership or lease) in a WDCA of Victoria in the form of photographic identification (Victorian Driver's Licence, Victorian Boat Licence), a rates notice or lease agreement; or
- – 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, Gippsland Deer Stalkers Association or the Northeast Deer Stalkers Association
- indicate where the wild dogs were taken from within designated WDCA in Victoria.
4. Acceptable conditions for entire fox scalps and wild dog body parts
- Eligible applicants 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 within Victoria.
4.2 Wild dogs
- Eligible applicants 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 the WDCAs described in section 2 of these terms and conditions.
5. Legal considerations for applicants
Applicants must adhere to all laws regarding wildlife, hunting, use of firearms, use of bows, use of traps and cruelty to animals, and disposal of carcasses at all times.
- The use of hounds and dogs to hunt foxes is a regulated practice. All legislation regarding the hunting of foxes must be observed by persons 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).
- Persons should also refer to the POCTA Code of Practice, applicants should also refer to the POCTA Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals in Hunting for specific rules and requirements 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.
All persons should conduct shooting in an ethical manner that reduces the likelihood of unnecessary suffering of animals.
With appropriate permission, approval and licences, foxes can be hunted throughout Victoria.
Dingoes are often in areas inhabited by wild dogs. They 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.
One area is in the north-west of Victoria on the Victoria/New South Wales border near Mildura. Mildura, Ouyen and Warracknabeal are marked. The intersection of Victoria/New South Wales border near Warracknabeal and the intersection of the Victoria/South Australia border are also marked.
The second area is in the north-east of Victoria beginning at the intersection of Victoria/New South Wales border near Wodonga. Wodonga, Wangaratta, Corryong, Bright, Omeo, Bairnsdale, Warragul and Seymour are marked.
6. Bounty rewards
- Acceptable entire fox scalps (see section 4.1 above) will be rewarded at $10 each.
- Acceptable entire wild dog body parts (see section 4.2 above) will be rewarded $120 each.
- Payment will be made within 30 days in accordance with standard Agriculture Victoria terms.
- Electronic funds transfer (EFT) is the preferred method of payment. 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. Victorian Fox and Wild Dog collection sites are shown in Figure 1.
- 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 from collecting acceptable entire fox scalps over these periods.
- Collections will occur every four weeks except in south-east Victoria where collections will occur every eight weeks to minimise administration costs.
- Eligible persons 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 of the Victorian Fox and Wild Dog Bounty.
- 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 do not meet the terms and conditions outlined on this page. 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. Electronic signature
The Parties hereby consent to the execution of these terms and conditions by electronic signature in accordance with the Electronic Transactions Act 2000 (Vic).
10. More information
For further information contact the Agriculture Victoria Customer Service Centre on 136 186.