The Australian Deer Association welcomes the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment’s changes to the Tasmanian antlerless fallow deer season.
The 2020 season will be the first to see these changes implemented, including the extension of the antlerless deer season from March 15 to November 15. Crop Protection Permits for antlerless fallow deer have also been extended from one year to five years. Antlerless fallow taken under a game licence or a CPP are no longer required to be tagged, and quotas have been removed.
This transition will ensure increased opportunity for hunters to harvest antlerless deer with landholder permission and allow both parties to better manage deer on landholder property.
These changes will only apply to antlerless fallow deer. The management of male fallow deer will remain unchanged, ensuring continuation of wild fallow deer for future generations.
These changes will not only make it easier for landholders and hunters to manage harvesting deer, it will also assist the department in maintaining quality data and keeping an eye on compliance.
This will be done through the still required annual return form from hunters and the take report under the CPP.
ADA executive officer Barry Howlett has congratulated the DPIPWE on the changes.
“There is a perceived overabundance of deer in Tasmania and the history of game management has shown focusing the harvest on male deer has had little impact on the population,” he said.
ADA Tasmanian branch president Scott Freeman said he supported the changes to both the season and CPPs.
“These changes are the result of a lot of hard work by all parties and thanks must go to Minister Guy Barnett, the Tasmanian Deer Advisery Committee and Game Services Tasmania for having the foresight to continue the ideals of quality game management in Tasmania,” he said.
Hunters are still required to submit an annual game take return for antlerless fallow deer.
CPP holders also still need to submit an annual take return to the DPIPWE.
Wildlife management officers will also still set the quota for male deer on CPPs issued.
It is important to note this is not the deregulation of fallow deer. They will remain partly protected under the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010.
What has changed:
Five-year Crop Protection Permits to landholders.
Removal of quotas and tags for antlerless deer taken under CPPs and a game licence.
Extension of the season from March 15, 2020 to November 15, 2020.
The adult male deer season will run from February 29, 2020 to April 5, 2020.
The antlerless deer season will run from March 15, 2020 to November 15, 2020.
Applying for a game licence:
No licence will be issued if there is an outstanding return — these returns must be provided directly to the DPIPWE.
Once the outstanding return has been completed, the applicant is eligible for a game licence.
You are only exempt from a game licence if you are one of the following:
A member of the landowner’s immediate family or household;
A member of the lessee’s immediate family or household;
A member of the manager’s immediate family or household; or
An employee or contractor employed for duties including browsing wildlife control.
How and where to report your take:
It is important that hunters and CPP holders do not double report taken deer as this could result in unnecessary changes to management strategies.
If a deer is harvested during daylight hours (an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset) report your take directly to DPIPWE on your annual Game Take Return, and to the landholder if it is requested by them, noting it is a game licence deer.
If a deer is harvested during night-time hours, with the aid of a spotlight, from or near a vehicle, the harvest must be directly reported to the landholder or the primary CPP holder. This harvest falls under a CPP and is part of the take reported under the permit.