Changes to Antlerless Fallow Deer Management
The Department has undergone a review process for the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife (Exhibited Animals) Regulations 2010. This will result in the making of a consolidated set of regulations to be known as the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021. These
regulations will come into effect from December 2021. This will have
some impact on the wording of some permits and licences for activities
that involve wildlife. The Department will update the licenses and
permits, and the web pages that relate to them, as soon as possible once
the remaking process has been finalised. If you have any questions
please get in contact with us on 03 6165 4305 or via FarmPoint on 1300
In fulfilling its commitment to introduce five year crop protection permits for deer as part of its response to the Legislative Council inquiry into wild fallow deer the Government has announced the following:
- Implementation of five year crop protection permits for antlerless (female) fallow deer, reducing administration for primary producers and recreational hunters. Five year crop protection permits for antlerless deer will commence 15 March 2020. The duration of crop protection permits will include 15 March to 15 November inclusive. The November to March lactation period is not included. Current crop protection permit arrangements for male deer (bucks and immature male) will remain unchanged to ensure the viability of wild fallow deer as a recreational hunting resource.
- Removal of quotas for antlerless (female) deer taken under a crop protection permit and under a recreational hunting licence.
- Removal of tagging requirements for antlerless (female) deer taken under a crop protection permit and under a recreational hunting licence. This will reduce the administrative burden on primary producers, recreational hunters, contract shooters and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment without compromising compliance.
- Extension of the recreational hunting season for antlerless (female) deer to the duration of 15 March to 15 November inclusive. The November to March lactation period is not included. This will enable greater opportunity for recreational hunters to take antlerless deer with agreement of landholders. The period during which antlerless fallow deer can be taken using crop protection permits and recreational hunting licences is now the same.
Holders of crop protection permits and recreational hunting licences are required to provide annual take returns to enable long-term monitoring of deer numbers and the impact of deer management strategies to be assessed. Take return data will also complement the outcomes of the wild fallow deer census currently being undertaken.
NOTE: A recreational hunting licence is required to take deer using a crop protection permit unless you are a member of the landowner, lessee or manager’s
immediate family household or an employee or contractor employed
for duties including browsing wildlife control.
For further information refer to the FAQs attached or use the contact details below.