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Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the Draft Victorian Deer Management Strategy. A final Victorian Deer Control Strategy has now been finalised.

Overview

The development of a deer strategy is a key action under the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016 – 2020 and recognised under the Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Framework.

The Draft Victorian Deer Management Strategy was developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the then Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

The draft strategy was released for public comment in October 2018. A total of 666 responses were received during the public consultation period:

  • 609 surveys were completed through the Engage Victoria web platform
  • 57 responses were received via email or mail
  • A summary of the feedback received during the public consultation period is attached.

    A final Victorian Deer Control Strategy was released on 30 October 2020.

    The Strategy’s vision is that deer are no longer significantly impacting on priority environmental, agricultural and Aboriginal cultural heritage values and public safety in Victoria.

    The strategy is an important step toward providing a strategic and coordinated approach to deer control in Victoria.

    Further information

    For further information, please contact the DELWP Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 or visit the DELWP website: www.environment.vic.gov.au/invasive-plants-and-animals/deer-control-strategy

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    Public consultation of the draft strategy closed Monday 29 October 2018. Thank you to those who provided feedback.

    Survey

    Before answering the survey, please read the draft strategy above.

    Part 1: General

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    Part 2: Deer Management Zones

    A key component of the draft strategy is the introduction of deer management zones to guide deer management across Victoria.

    The deer management zones are described at a concept level and a key action of the draft strategy is to undertake further work to refine how the zone framework will be developed and implemented.

    For further information on the deer management zones please refer to Page 15 - 17 of the draft strategy.

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    Part 3: Goals, Actions and Deliverables

    The draft strategy details key goals, actions and deliverables to achieve a coordinated approach to deer management in Victoria.

    Goal 1: Enhance deer management through partnerships and community collaboration

    This will be achieved by working with the community to develop and implement deer management zones, improve how we share information about deer management, engage with Traditional Owners in deer management and create opportunities for hunters to be involved in deer management.

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    Goal 2: Reduce the impact of deer on key environmental, agricultural, cultural and social assets

    This will be achieved by preventing the establishment of new deer species in Victoria, removing regulatory barriers to enable effective deer control, utilising wild deer carcasses, improving deer management in peri-urban areas and improving management of farmed deer.

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    Goal 3: Increase awareness, understanding and capacity to manage deer

    This will be achieved by research and trials to better inform deer management, developing a Standard Operating Procedure and a Code of Practice for the control of deer, developing deer information resources and a monitoring and evaluation framework to review deer management effectiveness, value and success.

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    Goal 4: Reduce illegal deer hunting

    This will be achieved by improving reporting of illegal hunting activity, introducing a game licence test for new deer hunters and developing resources to encourage safe and humane hunting and deer control practices.

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    Part 4: About you

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