Entries are now open for the 2020 Blond Bay Hog Deer Project Ballot.
Entries will close on the thirtieth of November and the ballot will be drawn at the Australian Deer Association East Gippsland Branch December meeting.
About the Ballot
Entry fee to the ballot is $25.00 AUD
All deer are free ranging
If drawn your hunt will occur on one of three reserves located in the Gippsland region of Victoria. These reserves are managed by Parks Victoria and include:
Blond Bay or Boole Poole near Bairnsdale; or, Snake Island near Port Welshpool.
Where applicable, monitoring will be carried out in the balloted areas to inform the 2020 harvest.
The number of people hunting during each balloted period between February 2020 and June 2020 will be limited.
Only one application is allowed per hunter.
Multiple entries received from the same person may see your entry removed from the ballot draw.
To ensure a sustainable harvest, the sex and number of deer to be harvested by successful balloted hunters, will be specified under authorization (this can change from year-to-year).
Camping is only permitted at specified areas within each reserve.
Successful hunters will be drawn for a specified allocated period; another period will not be made available on request.
Some of the locations, like Boole Poole and specifically Snake Island, are remote without vehicle access and require a boat and operator that can handle difficult coastal waters to access the reserve. In addition, hunters must be self-sufficient during the balloted hunting period (up to 5 days) and physically capable. Hunters should be aware of these requirements and their personal limitations before accepting a hunt. Hunters drawn for Snake Island are encouraged to read the Game Management Authority (GMA) Fact Sheet on ‘Balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island’at gma.vic.gov.au.
Hunters must ensure that any equipment is immediately removed from the reserve at the completion of their hunt. If sharing or providing equipment to other hunters, please ensure this is done outside of the reserve. People leaving equipment or rubbish on the reserve may face significant penalties from Parks Victoria or the GMA.
Hunts are non-transferable.
By entering the ballot you agree, that if successfully drawn, to your details being provided to the Australian Deer Association who will invite you to attend a hunter education weekend prior to the balloted hunt.
By entering the ballot you agree, that if successfully drawn, to your details being provided to other hunters drawn in your period for safety and liaison purposes.
By entering the ballot you agree, that if successfully drawn, to your name and town of residence being published on hunting and government websites and social media platforms.
All hunters that are successfully drawn are required to attend a mandatory briefing by the GMA and Parks Victoria prior to hunting. You will be provided with your necessary authorisations and Hog Deer Tags at these briefings. You will also be required topresent photographic dentification at these briefings.
The BBHDAG reserves the right to remove a hunter from future ballot draws, should a successful and confirmed hunter fail to show at a briefing or fail to notify the BBHDAG of their non-attendance at least 14 days prior to their scheduled hunt.