Australian Deer Association Inc – Mission Statement

In pursuit of the key objective of the Association, the improvement of the status of deer in Australia, we strive for appropriate management of all free roaming deer populations in Australia.
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    Chital Deer (Axis axis)

    Chital are the most attractive of all the deer species and are certainly one of the most beautiful of all wild animals. Their colouring is most striking, consisting of a reddish to chestnut brown coat with white spots, a striking white upper throat patch and a black
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    Fallow Deer (Dama dama)

    Fallow deer are the small, spotted deer often seen in large groups on deer farms as you travel along country roads. In that semi-domesticated situation, they bear little resemblance to free-roaming fallow deer which have the alertness and bearing of all the natural
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    Hog Deer (Axis porcinus)

    Hog deer are the smallest of the six species of deer in Australia and although they are a close relative of the chital, bear little resemblance to them. They are similar in size to a sheep. A mature hog deer stag stands about 70cm at the shoulder and weighs appr
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    Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

    Red deer are the second largest of Australia’s wild deer species and are probably the deer with which most mainland Australians are familiar because of their presence in large numbers on deer farms. A mature stag stands about 120cm at the shoulder and weighs
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    Rusa Deer (Rusa timorensis)

    Rusa is the Malay word for deer and they are medium sized, rough-coated deer which are biologically allied to the sambar. However, the two species are quite different in size, appearance and behaviour. There are two subspecies established in the wild in Australi
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    Sambar Deer (Rusa unicolor)

    Sambar (now Rusa unicolor - previously Cervus unicolor) inhabit eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales and comprise the most important herd in the world outside of their native countries where the available habitat is diminishing daily outside of pro- tec
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Hunters set the benchmarks for the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan








When the Andrews Government came to power in Victoria in November 2014 we made sure that they understood that delivery of an action plan for hunting was a key priority for Victoria’s 48,000+ licensed game hunters.

The Sustainable Hunting Action Plan (SHAP), delivered late last year, includes a number of very positive initiatives that are the result of the Government listening to what the Australian Deer Association (ADA) and Field & Game Australia (FGA) have been telling them.

The onus is now on us, as much as it is on Government to deliver on the SHAP in a meaningful way for Victoria’s hunting community.

We take our role as the representatives of all game hunters (members or not) very seriously and we expect to be held accountable for how we perform.

Likewise it’s important to keep track of how all of the stakeholders in the SHAP are performing in order to ensure that we realise the best results for hunters.

ADA and FGA have been working together to develop the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for the SHAP. That’s right – ADA and FGA have drawn up the ‘score card’ to see how well the government is keeping its promises for hunting in Victoria.

The Government have not shirked the issue, they have openly embraced the scrutiny and worked constructively with us to develop KPI’s that are meaningful, deliverable and accountable.

The SHAP is important and a ‘business as usual’ approach simply won’t cut it – we are not waiting around to be consulted at the edges after the bureaucracy have developed how they think the initiatives in the SHAP should look – we are actively helping to shape them from the get go to ensure that they deliver for the most important stakeholder in this process – Victoria’s hunters.

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