Equipment Requirements for Deer Hunting

The following are the minimum legal requirements for firearm, bow, and crossbow equipment when hunting for deer in Victoria.

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 pounds (22.5 kilograms), using an arrow fitted with a broadhead having a combined minimum weight of 400 grains (26 grams) and at least two cutting blades
A minimum draw weight of 45 pounds (20 kilograms), using an arrow fitted with a broadhead having a combined minimum weight of 350 grains (22.5 grams) and at least two blades
Crossbow
A minimum draw weight of 150 pounds (68 kilograms), using a bolt fitted with a broadhead having a total minimum weight of 400 grains (26 grams) and at least two blades
A minimum draw weight of 120 pounds (54.4 kilograms), using a bolt fitted with a broadhead 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); SG’s (buck shot) must not be used. The firearm must be fitted with a front and rear iron sight (other than a beaded sight or sights), a telescopic sight, or a reflex sight.
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); SG’s (buck shot) must not be used. The firearm must be fitted with a front and rear iron sight (other than a beaded sight or sights), a telescopic sight, or a reflex sight.