Increasing landholder concerns regarding legal liability issues, Workplace Health & Safety requirements as well as a deteriorating hunter public image (mainly due the depredations of a minority using hunting as a cover for criminal activities) prompted the formation of the Australian Pig Dogging and Hunters Association , Inc, commonly known as the APDHA , in 2005. As the name suggests, APDHA represents responsible and ethical hunters of all persuasions, but with an emphasis on those using well trained hunting dogs for feral pig control...As means of improving the likelihood of member access to hunting land was recognised as the primary objective, member benefits were principally tailored to address landho lder concerns.
Members exist in most areas in all states of Australia, excepting Tasmania . As the majority are recreational conservation hunters, they are more than happy to aid in feral pig control at no cost to landholders .
To date the following benefits apply:
LIABILITY INSURANCE - APDHA members are insured for damage they (or their dogs) cause, whilst involved in legal hunting activities, to the persons or property of others. In other words the landholder is protected from financial loss , up to and including $10,000,000 , as a result of damage or injury caused by the hunting activities of the member.
PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE - APDHA members are now insured against personal injury whilst hunting thus providing increased liability protection to landholders.
MEMBERSHIP CARD - This card, bearing the APDHA logo, indicates the member's name, date of birth, membership number, membership expiry date as well as APDHA contact details. Verification of insurance coverage is also given.
DPI NSW APPROVED HUNTING ORGANISATION - NSW Government agency approved body for competency assessment of conservation hunters.
CENTRAL DOG REGISTRY - Members are encouraged to register their hunting dogs with APDHA. Whilst not replacing government or semi government registration, APDHA registry tags provide a fast, centralised method of identifying dog ownership to interested parties.
CODE OF CONDUCT - members are required to abide by the APDHA Code of Conduct. This covers a broad spectrum of requirements , including care, temperament, training for species specificity of hunting dogs used, the need to obtain permission for access to land, along with other facets of ethical , humane and responsible practices .
PERMISSION TO HUNT BOOKLET - SOLD SEPARATELY to members only. This document records landholder details, conditions of access being granted (including expiry date , method of hunting, etc) and hunter details in duplicate. The landholder takes the original with the duplicate remaining in the hunter 's booklet. As the booklet contains 50 duplicate copies of the form, it rapidly becomes a valuable indication to landholders and authorities as to the genuineness of the hunter.
PLEASE NOTE MEMBERSHIP TURNAROUND IS 3-4 WEEKS.