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, the Boole Poole Peninsula and now Snake Island. These areas are prime Hog Deer habitats with good populations of Hog Deer. You can only hunt Hog Deer in these locations if you are selected from the ballot.
Entry in the ballot commences around August each year and closes at the end of November. The GMA website hosts online ballot application during this period. The balloted hunters are drawn in December and advised of their success via mail. Before these hunters formally accept their ballot offer they are made aware of the challenges associated with a five-day, self-sustained wilderness hunt for Hog Deer. Two of the locations (Snake Island and Boole Poole Peninsula) are so remote that they can only be reached by boat.
Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island is being trialed for two years. Hunting will be restricted to certain areas, low numbers of hunters and specified ballot periods between February and May. An information sheet for Snake Island balloted hunters and non-hunters has been developed to provide information about safe, responsible and legal hunting on Snake Island.
For Hunters - Balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island
For non-hunters - Trial of balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island