New regulations for controlling deer
LANDOWNERS in the Mansfield - Mt Buller district can now control problem deer on their properties without the need to apply for a permit.
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said a new order introduced under the Victorian Wildlife Act 1975 clears the way for removing problem deer on private properties.
“Previously, deer causing damage on private property could only be destroyed if landowners applied for and received an Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW), or if they engaged licensed deer hunters,” Mr Walsh said.
“This administrative burden often delayed control and the new order removes that burden.”
The new Order also allows landowners to use a spotlight at night to destroy problem deer, which is proven to be a very effective means of control.
Sambar Deer, Fallow Deer, Red Deer (including Wapiti), Sika Deer - Red Deer hybrids, Rusa Deer and Chital Deer are covered under the order.
Hog Deer are not included due to their limited range and susceptibility to hunting, so an ATCW will still be required to control them on private property.
Mr Walsh said deer can only be destroyed using specified firearm calibres and minimum bullet weights with an appropriate licence.
“Only landowners on their own properties, their managers, permanent em- ployees or agents are able to destroy problem deer under this Order.
“Anyone other than the landowner destroying deer on a property must carry written permission signed and dated by the landowner of that property.”
Permission forms can be downloaded at www. depi.vic.gov.au.
People wanting t o hunt deer recreationally will still need to obtain a Game Licence and act in accordance with applicable Regulations.