Hunters a part of Crown Land Re­sponse

The Vic­to­rian par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into the con­trol of in­va­sive an­i­mals on Crown land has rec­om­mended a sin­gle body be given over­ar­ch­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity with more land up to hunt­ing and the co­or­di­nated use of recre­ational hunters to re­duce num­bers.

Field and Game - - HUNTING CROWN LAND -

Field & Game Aus­tralia made a sub­mis­sion to this in­quiry, as did our col­leagues at the Aus­tralian Deer As­so­ci­a­tion, and both FGA and ADA rep­re­sen­ta­tives gave fur­ther ev­i­dence at in­quiry hear­ings.

The En­vi­ron­ment, Natural Re­sources and Re­gional Development Com­mit­tee re­port con­tains 77 find­ings and 33 rec­om­men­da­tions in­clud­ing cut­ting through the mul­ti­ple lay­ers of de­part­men­tal man­age­ment. “Ef­fec­tive an­i­mal con­trol pro­grams re­quire a co-or­di­nated, long-term, strate­gic ap­proach,” Com­mit­tee Chair, Josh Bull said. “But the re­spon­si­bil­ity for in­va­sive an­i­mal con­trol is cur­rently spread be­tween mul­ti­ple bodies.”

The in­quiry par­tic­u­larly fo­cussed on the role of shoot­ing in in­va­sive an­i­mal con­trol, in­clud­ing the role of recre­ational hunters. “There was general agree­ment that recre­ational hunt­ing can­not man­age Vic­to­ria’s in­va­sive an­i­mal problem by it­self,” Mr Bull said. “How­ever, it may be part of the so­lu­tion in some cir­cum­stances, if the hunt­ing ef­fort can be fo­cussed at par­tic­u­lar times and places and in­te­grated into a broader con­trol pro­gram in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple meth­ods of an­i­mal con­trol.”

Even if the State Gov­ern­ment takes up the rec­om­men­da­tions, progress is likely to be slow.

The in­quiry rec­om­mends development and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a state-wide strat­egy to sus­tain­ably man­age wild deer pop­u­la­tions in Vic­to­ria, ac­cept­ing the ad­vice from ADA that the fo­cus should be on pre­vent­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of new pop­u­la­tions of deer and pro­tect­ing high value en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sets.

Ex­ist­ing and fu­ture deer (and other wildlife) man­age­ment pro­grams in­volv­ing pub­lic land man­agers and recre­ational hunters should be as­sessed against a se­ries of ob­jec­tive cri­te­ria and re­sourced ap­pro­pri­ately. FGA rec­om­mends the ex­ten­sion of this pro­posed man­age­ment pro­gram specif­i­cally, but not lim­ited to, SGRS.

The Com­mit­tee also rec­om­mends the Game Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity em­ploy spe­cial­ist Game Man­agers and plat the role of lead agency for the plan­ning and over­sight of deer (and other wildlife) pro­grams.

Other sig­nif­i­cant changes sug­gested In­clude le­gal­is­ing the use of sound mod­er­a­tors for recre­ational ri­fle shoot­ers in Vic­to­ria and al­low­ing the pro­cess­ing of wild shot food for hu­man and pet con­sump­tion on com­mer­cial premises and con­sult­ing with Vic­to­ria Po­lice on ac­cess to Cat­e­gory C and D firearms to fa­cil­i­tate greater in­va­sive an­i­mal and pest con­trol by recre­ational hunters.

Open­ing up more land to hunt­ing is a ques­tion the wants re­ferred to the Vic­to­rian En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment Coun­cil.

The in­quiry was de­tailed and the ev­i­dence sub­mit­ted care­fully con­sid­ered. FGA is grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of its mem­bers, and we will con­tinue our en­gage­ment on the is­sues and rec­om­men­da­tions raised in the fi­nal re­port.

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