Deer hunting is an extremely popular activity in Victoria. Deer introduced by acclimatisation societies have beenFemale Hog Deer recorded in the wild in Victoria since at least the 1860's.

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

Most deer hunting occurs in the east of the state which reflects the main distribution of deer in Victoria.

The healthy populations of deer in Victoria means that, except for Hog Deer, there is no bag limit for deer. There is also no closed season for deer, except for Hog Deer and Samabar Deer hunting with hounds.

In 2013, there were about 27,000 licensed deer hunters who contributed about $57 million to the Victorian economy through deer hunting activities.

Deer species/hunting methodOpen SeasonBag Limit
Hog Deer1 April - 30 April each yearOne male and one female
Red DeerAll yearNo limit
Sambar Deer (stalking only)All yearNo limit
Sambar Deer (hound hunting)1 April - 30 November each year. Except the period from the Friday before Easter Sunday to the Wednesday after Easter Sunday (inclusive), when Easter falls in April.No limit
Fallow DeerAll yearNo limit
Chital DeerAll yearNo limit
Rusa DeerAll yearNo limit