Hog Deer Hunting
Hog Deer (Axis porcinus) are a popular and highly valued game species in Victoria, with licensed hunters permitted to harvest one male (stag) and one female (hind) during an annual hunting season. The annual season occurs during the month of April, which is timed to minimise impact on breeding productivity. Victoria is one of the few places where wild populations of Hog Deer can be hunted free-range on public land.
If you are planning to hunt Hog Deer during the season you must now order your Hog Deer tags online and they will be mailed out to you. Hog Deer tags will be able to be ordered from January and an online Hog Deer Tag order page will become available then.
If you have been successfully drawn out of the annual Hog Deer ballot (online entries between August and November each year), specific information can be found on this page for hunting Snake Island, Blond Bay and Boole Poole.
Government agencies may conduct planned burns near areas you are thinking of hunting. If you want to see if planned burns will be occurring on, or near, public land you will be visiting, please take a look at this web page.
Please also read the information sheets below for more details on general Hog Deer hunting.
Hog Deer Hunting Fact Sheet (General)
Hunting on Snake Island
For hunters - Balloted Hog Deer Hunting on Snake Island
For non-hunter - Trial of balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island