The Victorian Deer Control Strategy is our plan to reduce the impact deer are having across Victoria. It outlines a new approach to deer management and has 3 key goals:

  • The impacts of deer on key environmental, agricultural and Aboriginal cultural heritage values and public safety are reduced.
  • Deer control is more effective through partnerships and community collaboration.
  • Awareness, understanding and capacity to control deer is increased.

To deliver the Strategy, the Victorian Government will work in partnership with:

  • Traditional Owners
  • public and private land managers
  • conservation and community groups
  • Landcare
  • the agricultural sector
  • water and catchment management authorities
  • Local Government
  • the Commonwealth Government
  • other states and territories
  • the commercial deer harvest industry
  • hunting organisations and hunters
  • community members.

The Strategy has been prepared by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). It is a key action under the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016 – 2020 and is recognised in the Protecting Victoria’s Environment - Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Framework.

The Victorian Deer Control Strategy is available to download:

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Page last updated: 18/06/21