Hunting methods

Deer hunting in Victoria is typically conducted using two traditional and effective methods:

The minimum firearm calibres and bow draw weights are detailed in the table below.

Firearm/bow

Sambar, Rusa and Red Deer

Hog, Fallow and Chital Deer

Centrefire rifle

A minimum calibre of .270" (6.85 mm) with a minimum projectile weight of 130 grains (8.45 grams).

A minimum calibre of .243" (6.17 mm) with a minimum projectile weight of 80 grains (5.18 grams).

Muzzle-loading rifle

A minimum calibre of .45" (11.45 mm) with a minimum projectile weight of 230 grains (14.91 grams).

A minimum calibre of .38" (9.65 mm) with a minimum projectile weight of 200 grains (12.96 grams).

Long, recurve and compound bows

A minimum draw weight of 50 lbs (22.5 kilograms), using an arrow fitted with a broad-head having a combined minimum weight of 400 grains (26 grams) and at least two cutting blades.

A minimum draw weight of 45 lbs (20 kilograms), using an arrow fitted with a broad-head having a combined minimum weight of 350 grains (22.5 grams) and at least two blades.

Cross bow

A minimum draw weight of 150 lbs (68 kilograms), using a bolt fitted with a broad-head having a total minimum weight of 400 grains (26 grams) and at least two blades.

A minimum draw weight of 120 lbs (54.4 kilograms), using a bolt fitted with a broad-head having a total minimum weight of 350 grains (22.5 grams) and at least two blades.

Smooth-bore firearms

A minimum bore of 20 and a maximum bore of 12, using a single solid projectile with a minimum weight of 245 grains (15.88 grams) and the firearm must be fitted with either: a front and rear iron sight (other than a beaded sight or sights); or a telescopic sight; or a reflex sight.