Deer hunting is a popular activity in Victoria. Deer introduced by acclimatisation societies have been recorded in the wild in Victoria since at least the 1860's.

Today, Victoria has a deer population, predominantly made up of Sambar, Fallow and Red Deer.

Most deer hunting occurs in the east of the state, however, as deer populations expand, more deer hunting is occurring in the west of the state.

Except for Hog Deer, there is no bag limit for deer. There is also no closed season for deer, except for Hog Deer and Sambar Deer hunting with hounds. Recreational hunting isn’t permitted at night (half an hour after sunset until half an hour before sunrise).

There are over 40,000 licensed deer hunters in Victoria. Deer hunting supports industry and generates economic activity in regional areas. However, deer can cause damage to crops, fences and other infrastructure, as well as compete with livestock for feed on private properties. Where they are causing damage, deer can be controlled using methods that aren’t permitted for recreational hunting, under strict controls.

(Photo by Reg Gordon)

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