Deer Hunting Laws

To recreationally hunt deer in Victoria, deer hunters need to be aware of the hunting laws found in Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012 and the Wildlife Act 1975.

There are other general hunting laws contained in other acts on land management, firearms, and animal welfare.

Deer hunters must also follow approved hunting methods and equipment; must comply with bag limits, seasons (for Hog Deer), and hunting times (no recreational night hunting); and must have a current Game Licence endorsed for hunting deer: either stalking and/or hunting Sambar Deer with hounds.

Deer Species

Open Season

Bag Limit

Hog Deer (tags required)

1April - 30 April

One(1) male and one (1) female

Red Deer

All year

No limit

Sambar Deer (stalking)

All year

No limit

Sambar Deer (hound hunting)

1 April–30 November. However, when Easter falls within the season,hunting is closed from the Thursday before Easter until the Thursday after Easter

No limit

Fallow Deer

All year

No limit

Chital Deer

All year

No limit

Rusa Deer

All year

No limit