Public Land Male Deer Ballot

2023 Male Deer Ballot Results 

Access to designated public land for hunting male deer has been allocated through a ballot for the male deer season only (25/2/2023 – 2/4/2023). Applications​ opened on 15 December 2022​ and closed on 15 January 2023.​​

​​Successful applicants will be sent hunting authorisations before the hunting season begins using the contact details provided on their ballot application.​

The 2023 male deer ballot has been drawn. Please see results below. 

 2023 Male Deer Ballot Results (PDF 219Kb)

The results display registration numbers. You will have received this number in your confirmation email when applying. 

Please note that we received considerably more applications than hunting spaces available meaning many groups have not been successful. 

If this is the case, please keep an eye out for bookings to open in the antlerless season. 

On the results page you will see some spaces have been blocked out. Black represents no hunting due to eagle nesting. ​

Top Marshes Conservation Area will be closed for the 2023 male deer season.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions information sheet for questions relating to the male deer ballot.  If you cannot find the answer to your question please contact Game Services Tasmania.

  FAQ male deer ballot   (246Kb)

Impo​​​rtant ballo​​​t information 

To be considered for the ballot each group MUST nominate a hunting party leader who enters the ballot once on behalf of the group.

The hunting party leader will be required to enter details for each member of the hunting party.

  • The applicant will have the ability to nominate no more than 5 preferred hunting blocks, and up to 6 hunting dates.

  • Authorisations will be issued subject to a random ballot process for each hunting period and Reserve(s). There will be no option of swapping the preferred dates or Reserve(s) you are allocated.

  • Successful ballot Authorisations will run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday.  Apart from week 1 which will run from Saturday to Tuesday, and the final week of the male season which will run from Wednesday to Sunday.

  • To ensure hunter safety, all hunters must wear some form of hi-visibility/blaze orange clothing (i.e. hat, vest) to be more identifiable to other hunting parties.

  • Successful ballot Authorisation holders must adhere to the Authorisation conditions, including the terms and conditions.


Reserve information​​​

During the 2​023 seasons, hunting will be authorised on the following Reserves:

  • Great Western Tiers Conservation Area

  • Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Area

  • Central Plateau Conservation Area: Brenton Rivulet block (PWS) and Mother Lord Plains block (HT)

  • Great Western Tiers Conservation Area: Parson & Clerk Mountain Block (PWS)

  • Great Lake Conservation Area: Tumbledown Creek block (PWS) and land known as Gunns Marsh surrounding Gunns Lake and Little Lake (HT)

  • Tooms Lake Conservation Area (Not available opening week)

  • Buxton River Conservation Area (Not available opening week)

  • Castle Cary Regional Reserve (Not available opening week)

Rese​​rve closures​​​

Top Marshes Conservation Area will be closed for the 2023 male deer season due to access.  Montpeelyata Canal Access Road will be closed to the public from January 23 until mid-April 2023. Hydro Tasmania is undertaking works at the canal and the road closure is required to ensure public safety with large machinery operating in the area. They apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Hunters should note that the three east coast Reserves (Castle Cary, Buxton River, Tooms Lake) will be closed to all hunting from 1 July 2022 – 1 March 2023 due to wedge tailed eagle and falcon breeding seasons. Hunting in these Reseves is not available during the first ballot period/opening week of the 2023 male deer season.

Access to Gunns Marsh Rd is currently restricted due to Hydro works.  This work is ongoing and may impact the start to the male deer season.


  • The east coast Reserves have 'no hunting' buffer zones of 500m see​ maps​.

  • Limitations on access have been placed on Reserves to minimise habit disturbance during the wedge tailed eagle breeding season and other PWS supported activities.​

Detailed information and maps can be found on the Reserve Areas page​.

​Antlerless Deer Booking System​​

Access to designated public land for hunting antlerless deer is allocated through an online booking systen. Registrations open 15 February 2023 and close 15 March 2023. 

Hunting authorisations will be emailed to registered hunters prior to the hunting booking. ​


Public Land Deer Hunting Ballot

Game Services Tasmania
GPO Box 44,
HOBART, TAS, 7001.