Hog Deer ballot for 2020 season

BLOND BAY HOG DEER ADVISORY GROUP

Each year, the Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Group conducts a ballot to select hunters to hunt for free-ranging Hog Deer on Blond Bay State Game Reserve or on sections of the Boole Poole Peninsula.

The 2020 Hog Deer ballot entries are for Blond Bay State Game Reserve, sections of the Boole Poole Peninsula and Snake Island.

Please note, The Victorian Government has now confirmed the hog deer hunting ballot will occur on Snake Island.

Applications for the 2020 ballot to hunt Hog Deer open 1st August 2018 and close last mail 30th November 2019.

About the Ballot

Non-refundable entry fee to the ballot is $25.00 AUD

All deer are free ranging

If drawn your hunt will occur on one of three reserves located in the Gippsland region of Victoria. These reserves are managed by Parks Victoria and include:

Blond Bay or Boole Poole near Bairnsdale; or,

Snake Island near Port Welshpool.

Where applicable, monitoring will be carried out in the balloted areas to inform the 2020 harvest.

The number of people hunting during each balloted period between February 2020 and June 2020 will be limited.

Hunters should be aware of these requirements and their personal limitations before accepting a hunt. Please read the fact sheets on this page before deciding to enter the ballot. It will provide you with information on what to expect and help you decide whether you are suited to the remote hunting conditions like Boole Poole.

Conditions

    • Only one application is allowed per hunter.
    • Multiple entries received from the same person may see your entry removed from the ballot draw.
    • To ensure a sustainable harvest, the sex and number of deer to be harvested by successful balloted hunters, will be specified under authorisation (this can change from year-to-year).
    • Camping is only permitted at specified areas within each reserve.
    • Successful hunters will be drawn for a specified allocated period; another period will not be made available on request.
    • Some of the locations, like Boole Poole and specifically Snake Island, are remote without vehicle access and require a boat and operator that can handle difficult coastal waters to access the reserve. In addition, hunters must be self-sufficient during the balloted hunting period (up to 5 days) and physically capable. Hunters should be aware of these requirements and their personal limitations before accepting a hunt. Hunters drawn for Snake Island are encouraged to read the Game Management Authority (GMA) Fact Sheet on ‘Balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island’ at gma.vic.gov.au.
    • Hunters must ensure that any equipment is immediately removed from the reserve at the completion of their hunt. If sharing or providing equipment to other hunters, please ensure this is done outside of the reserve. People leaving equipment or rubbish on the reserve may face significant penalties from Parks Victoria or the GMA.
    • Hunts are non-transferable.
    • By entering the ballot you agree, that if successfully drawn, to your details being provided to the Australian Deer Association who will invite you to attend a hunter education weekend prior to the balloted hunt.
    • By entering the ballot you agree, that if successfully drawn, to your details being provided to other hunters drawn in your period for safety and liaison purposes.
    • By entering the ballot you agree, that if successfully drawn, to your name and town of residence being published on hunting and government websites and social media platforms.
    • All hunters that are successfully drawn are required to attend a mandatory briefing by the GMA and Parks Victoria prior to hunting. You will be provided with your necessary authorizations and Hog Deer Tags at these briefings. You will also be required topresent photographic dentification at these briefings.
    • The BBHDAG reserves the right to remove a hunter from future ballot draws, should a successful and confirmed hunter fail to show at a briefing or fail to notify the BBHDAG of their non-attendance at least 14 days prior to their scheduled hunt.

Ballot draw

The ballot will be drawn in December 2019 (location to be confirmed).

Ballot results

Successful hunters will receive a letter in the mail advising them of their ballot date and period.

Some of the locations, like Boole Poole, are remote and will require a high degree of self-sufficiency during the balloted hunting period (up to 5 days). Organising access via boat can also be organised with other hunters in your hunting period.

Hunters should be aware of these requirements and their personal limitations before accepting a hunt. Please read the fact sheets before deciding to formally accept the ballot position.

If you decide not to take your ballot position it will go to the next person on the emergency list.

Ballot entry

  1. Immediate online application with a credit card payment
    You can enter the ballot now using a simple, online event registration and payment service. Don't forget to include your address in the application to ensure you are formally notified if you are drawn from the ballot. Remember only 1 (one) application per hunter is permited. You can purchase up to 5 entries (i.e. for friends or relatives), however, you must include their names in the sepearate attendee boxes provided when you enter.  Enter ballot now.
  2. Application via mail with cheque or money order payment

If you want to pay by cheque or money order, write your full name, postal address, home, work and mobile number on a piece of paper and mail it with your $25 payment to: 
B.B.H.D.A.G.
P O Box 195
BAIRNSDALE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA 3875

Registration and payments must be received by 30 November 2019.

DO NOT SEND CASH IN THE MAIL.

For more information on Hog Deer Hunting in Victoria please take a look at the Fact Sheets on this page.