Spotlighting laws

The spotlighting of deer is a major enforcement issue for government agencies, such as the Game Management Authority and Victoria Police.

It is illegal, dangerous, unethical and reduces recreational hunting opportunities for law-abiding hunters. Please read the Fact Sheet below for information regarding spotlighting.

Possession and use of spotlights in recognised deer habitat fact sheet.

Report illegal spotlighting

People exempt from spotlighting laws

Landowners/occupiers or their agents who are using a spotlight for the purposes of controlling pest animals to a distance of 250 metres outside the boundary of their property in recognised deer habitat are exempt.

Any person acting in accordance with an Authority to Control Wildlife or other authorisation issued under the Wildlife Act 1975 that stipulates they can destroy wildlife with the aid of a spotlight are also exempt.

Page last updated: 20 Jun 2022