Quar­terly re­ports on Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan

The Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan was re­leased in December 2016 and work is un­der­way now to im­ple­ment the ac­tions within the plan.

Field and Game - - SUSTAINABLE HUNTING ACTION PLAN -

Field & Game Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian Deer As­so­ci­a­tion worked jointly after the re­lease of the plan to de­ter­mine the key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors (KPIS) needed to mea­sure the progress and suc­cess of the Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan (SHAP).

We pre­sented the KPIS in for­mal meet­ings with Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford, who also of­fered to put in place reg­u­lar pub­lic re­port­ing on progress.

Ms Pul­ford con­firmed that com­mit­ment in a re­cent ap­pear­ance be­fore the Pub­lic Ac­counts and Es­ti­mates Com­mit­tee. “I have asked the im­ple­men­ta­tion team to pro­vide a quar­terly re­port that will be pub­lished on the Game Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity web­site and avail­able to peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in progress on im­ple­men­ta­tion,” she said. “This is a multi-agency ef­fort, but it is cer­tainly some­thing of great in­ter­est to hunters in Vic­to­ria.”

SUS­TAIN­ABLE HUNT­ING

Responsible hunt­ing ac­tions fo­cus on pro­vid­ing bet­ter in­for­ma­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­grams to hunters, pro­mot­ing responsible hunt­ing and im­prov­ing en­force­ment.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tors

• Clearly define ‘responsible’ hunt­ing.

• Timely development and dis­sem­i­na­tion of key mes­sages in ad­vance of hunt­ing sea­sons — duck, quail, deer

• Youth ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams in­cluded with hunt­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to ad­dress in­creas­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion and cre­ate path­ways to eth­i­cal hunt­ing

• Struc­tured pro­gram to de­liver key mes­sages and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams to dealer net­work, in­clud­ing non-toxic shot, SEP, WIT, deer ed­u­ca­tion (ADA), deer hunt­ing with hounds, firearm safety, marks­man­ship

• Show gen­uine progress on en­abling GMA en­force­ment of­fi­cers to op­er­ate with­out Vic­to­ria Po­lice sup­port by December 1, 2017

• Development and sup­port of hunt­ing tourism strate­gies

GROW­ING HUNT­ING’S BEN­E­FITS

Hunt­ing’s ben­e­fits will be max­imised by us­ing so­cial me­dia to an­nounce up­com­ing sea­sons and vari­a­tions, mak­ing game meat pro­cess­ing eas­ier, mon­i­tor­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits and fa­cil­i­tat­ing tourism.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tors

• Gov­ern­ment to com­mu­ni­cate en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits of hunt­ing, mir­ror­ing the ap­proach ap­plied to ‘Tar­get 1 Mil­lion’ recre­ational fishing ini­tia­tive

• In­cor­po­rate ben­e­fits from hunt­ing within State Gov­ern­ment tourism com­mu­ni­ca­tions, top five lo­cal gov­ern­ment area by eco­nomic

• Vari­a­tions to hunt­ing sea­sons are by ex­cep­tion only, and un­der­pinned by con­tem­po­rary, sci­ence-led, man­age­ment frame­works agreed by gov­ern­ment and rel­e­vant hunt­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions

• Com­mer­cial pro­cess­ing of wild deer for per­sonal use ef­fec­tive 1 December 2017

• Mea­sur­able progress with com­mer­cial pro­cess­ing of wild duck, quail, and ex­otic game birds demon­strated by 1 December 2017

IM­PROV­ING HUNT­ING OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES

Hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will be im­proved by pro­vid­ing clear in­for­ma­tion on where, when and what peo­ple can hunt, im­prov­ing ac­cess to hunt­ing lo­ca­tions, ex­pand­ing pest and game hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and work­ing with Tra­di­tional Own­ers.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tors

• Gov­ern­ment and agency web­sites and other chan­nels to in­cor­po­rate in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to hunt­ing, up­dated at the time of each an­nounce­ment

• ‘State Game Re­serve’ sta­tus and ‘hunt­ing’ icon to be used on all phys­i­cal sig­nage and printed or elec­tronic ref­er­ences

• Gov­ern­ment maps to in­clude ref­er­ence where there are hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

• Scope of ex­panded game and pest an­i­mal hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to be com­mu­ni­cated to rel­e­vant hunt­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions

• Pri­ori­tise ac­tion to cre­ate or im­prove ac­cess, where cur­rently lim­ited, to State Game Re­serves

• Scope how hunt­ing and Tra­di­tional Own­ers can be mu­tu­ally in­clu­sive

• Erect and main­tain clear and ap­pro­pri­ate sig­nage on en­trance points to all Na­tional Parks where sea­sonal deer stalk­ing is per­mit­ted

EN­SUR­ING SUS­TAIN­ABLE HUNT­ING

Sus­tain­able hunt­ing will be se­cured through sound research, habi­tat im­prove­ment, work­ing with hunt­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions on con­trol pro­grams, de­vel­op­ing a deer man­age­ment strat­egy and im­prov­ing data collection.

Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tors

• De­liver au­dit of State Game Re­serves to hunt­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions by Fe­bru­ary 2017

• Sci­ence-led ap­proach to de­velop habi­tat im­prove­ment for State Game Re­serves, in­clud­ing food sources

• De­velop a draft deer man­age­ment strat­egy and put to ex­ter­nal re­view by prop­erly qual­i­fied game man­agers by December 2017, al­low­ing suf­fi­cient re­sponse time for ex­ter­nal stake­hold­ers to seek in­de­pen­dent ex­pert ad­vice

• In­vest­ment in game man­age­ment research demon­strated by gov­ern­ment, in­cor­po­rated within reg­u­la­tor and pol­icy development.

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