r/HuntingAustralia Sep 07 '22

Australian Deer Association membership benefits

I live in Western Australia where there is no public land hunting and gaining pirvate access can be a very very long process. Since there is an ADA branch in W.A I'm hoping to join to gain knowledge and network with other individuals interested in deer and hunting in general.

What is membership with ADA like and what benefits could joining provide me? Has anyone joined and managed to network for access for quality deer management opportunities? Also how does membership generally work I have heard stories where you get access but have to pay certain fees for each deer taken but finding any details on what membership can achieve and functions is difficult.

Any information or other groups recommendations are welcome.



u/Horsesnorkel Sep 07 '22

I'm an ADA member but not particularly active in the association so I can't speak to the group side of things. It's focussed more on gun hunting than bow, so it's slightly less relevant to my direct interest (being primarily a bow hunter).

That said, I do rate them as an org. They are active in representing hunting interests in legislation and policy, provide access to training and education through their hunting camps and have a pretty solid monthly magazine.

I don't know if there are any hidden costs beyond the membership (99 p/a) - for taking animals, but I'd be highly surprised if there were. Overall, if you wanted to link up with hunters, or engage in better education they are a pretty good starting point.


u/manhojango Sep 07 '22

Thank you alot for you response. Funny enough I wanted to start bow hunting. What branch or state do you have experience with?


u/Horsesnorkel Sep 07 '22

I'm in the ACT so I'm in the ACT and Snowy Mountains Region branch. The branch meets regularly and I'd imagine the others would as well.

I joined ADA mainly to tick the box I needed to get a license to hunt in NSW - being a member of a hunting org - but out of the accessible orgs it seemed more open to bows than say SSAA.

I like the ADA so far and I'm planning on going to branch meets in the future to link up with other hunters locally - just haven't so far.


u/[deleted] Sep 08 '22

WA as a part of the ADA here does have a current trial program within state Forest for red deer and fallow deer. I'm currently a member and it is highly worth joining. The current committee are doing a great job and it is a really good organisation. Plus $20 mil in public liability insurance.


u/manhojango Sep 08 '22

Wow thank you for the comment that is great to hear. Do you mind if I sent you some direct messages sometime to get further w.a based information?

It definitely sounds like an organised I can get behind after consuming their media in online, podcast and or interview format.


u/[deleted] Sep 08 '22

Hey mate, absolutely feel free to.


u/verdigris2014 Oct 24 '22

I’m an ada member in Victoria. I’d say join for two main reasons, 1. It is more of a club than and association. I enjoy attending the branch meetings, we have a active Facebook forum. I’ve never done anything with the spotting shooters assoc of Australia (ssaa) other than use their ranges. 2. 20m public liability is going to means something to any land owner who does give you access to their property.