Access to designated public land for hunting male deer is allocated through a ballot for the male deer season only (24/2/2024 – 31/3/2024). Applications open on 15 December 2023 and close on 15 January 2024.
Applications are online only and will be available from 15 December.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions information sheet for questions relating to the male deer ballot:
FAQ male deer ballot (PDF 2Mb)
If you cannot find the answer to your question please contact Game Services Tasmania (see below).
Important ballot 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.
During the 2024 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)
Top Marshes Conservation Area
Tooms Lake Conservation Area (Not available opening week)
Buxton River Conservation Area (Not available opening week)
Castle Cary Regional Reserve (Not available opening week)
Hunters should note that the three east coast Reserves (Castle Cary, Buxton River, Tooms Lake) will be closed to all hunting from 1 July 2023 – 1 March 2024 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 2024 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 2024 and close 15 March 2024.
Hunting authorisations will be emailed to registered hunters prior to the hunting booking.