Hog Deer ballot for 2018 season


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.  

For the second year Snake Island, off Port Welshpool, will also be available to hunters drawn from the Hog Deer ballot. Note that everyone who enters the ballot automatically goes into the draw for all three locations: Blond Bay, Boole Poole and Snake Island.

Applications for the ballot to hunt Hog Deer in 2018 closes last mail on 30 November 2017.

About the Ballot

Entry fee to the ballot is $15.00 AUD 

All deer are free ranging 

The hunt will be on one of three reserves managed by Parks Victoria near Bairnsdale and Port Welshpool Victoria, Australia. Blond Bay State Game Reserve and Boole Poole are near Bairnsdale, while Snake Island is off Port Welshpool.

Surveys will be carried out in the balloted areas to set the 2018 harvest. 

The number of people hunting during each balloted period between February 2018 and June 2018 will be limited.

Some of the locations, like Boole Poole and specifically Snake Island, 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 this fact sheet 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 at Snake Island and Boole Poole.


Only one application is allowed per hunter.

The Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Group reserves the right to specify the sex and number of deer to be harvested by successful hunters in the Ballot.

Camping is only permitted at a specified site within the hunting area.

Balloted hunters must hunt their allocated period; another period will not be made available on request.

Hunts are non-transferable.

You do not need to be a Victorian or have a Victorian Game Licence to enter the ballot. However, if you are successfully drawn, you will need to obtain a Victorian Game Licence before you hunt.
If a junior is successfully drawn, they will need to be accompanied by an appropriately licensed adult/guardian.  The adult/guardian is there to supervise the junior, but can not participate in the hunt.

Please note that contact details of successful hunters will be passed on to the East Gippsland Branch of ADA to enable an invitation to be sent out for a hunter education weekend prior to the balloted hunt. Your contact details will also be given to other hunters in your hunting period for safety and liaison purposes.

Ballot draw

The ballot will be drawn on 14 December 2017 at the Christmas meeting of the East Gippsland Branch of the Australian Deer Association in Bairnsdale, Victoria. 
You do not have to be present for the draw as all winners will be formally notified via mail. 
This page will also be updated to list the winners names after the draw.

Ballot entry options

Option 1. Immediate online application with a credit card payment
You can enter the ballot now online 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. Click here to enter the ballot now.


Option 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 $15 payment to: 
P O Box 195

Registration and payments must be received by 30 November 2017.

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