Deer hunting is an extremely 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 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 Sambar Deer hunting with hounds.

There are over 36,000 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.

(Photo by Reg Gordon)

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