16 November 2018

Deer hunting rules relaxed to assist farmers in Southern NSW

| Ian Campbell
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A Velvet Hog Deer Stag. Photo: Brian Boyle, Australian Deer Association Facebook.

A Velvet Hog Deer Stag. Photo: Brian Boyle, Australian Deer Association Facebook.

Some deer hunting regulations have been lifted across the New South Walse allowing licenced hunters to assist local farmers manage deer numbers on their property.

Member for Monaro, John Barilaro says its a necessary step to help control wild deer populations at this dry time.

“I’ve seen first-hand how much damage deer can cause to a property, and the suspension of deer hunting regulations is part of a state-wide approach to manage wild deer populations and work to stop this damage,” he says.

“Deer numbers are on the rise with a Department of Primary Industries (DPI) study estimating that they have almost doubled their distribution across NSW since 2009.

“Our farmers, the environment and community are impacted by deer through grazing, fence damage, vehicle collisions and damage to native vegetation.

“Unfortunately, these impacts are heightened by current drought conditions, with deer reported to be competing with livestock for scarce fodder,” Mr Barilaro says.

Photo: John Barilaro Facebook.

Photo: John Barilaro Facebook.

The lifting of some deer hunting regulations means that:

• Seasonal restrictions on the hunting of fallow, red, wapiti and hog deer are suspended;
• The use of spotlights and other electronic devices, hunting from vehicles and hunting deer at night are all allowed activities on private land only. This is not the case on public land declared for hunting like State Forests where the use of spotlights and electronic devices as well as hunting from vehicles and hunting deer at night are still not permitted.

All other firearm and hunting licence requirements remain unchanged.

“I would encourage hunters interested in assisting landholders to register with the DPI Game Licensing Unit so they can be placed on a hunter register that may be accessed by landholders,” Mr Barilaro says

Further information about game hunting and the suspension of some deer hunting regulations is available at the DPI website, or by contacting the DPI Game Licensing Unit Customer Service Team on 6363 7650.

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Terrific idea. I’ve tried to sign up to help but I’ve never been contacted.

Clem Collier7:54 pm 16 Nov 18

Follow the rules & everyone should be happy……everyone except the deer i.e.(although culling numbers would be good for them too)
How about making use of the meat by making Venison Pies & selling them to raise funds to help some of the struggling farmers.
The hides might also be utilized,tanned & made into bags,purses,slippers etc & the antlers sold to tourists ….or would too much Red Tape,lack of purpose….or both, prevent this ?

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