Deer hunters will have access to an extra 90,000ha of Victoria’s Alpine National Park after one of the biggest changes to park access rules in three decades.
It goes without saying that this has been welcomed by all hunting associations and clubs of Australia. Many of which have spent years tirelessly trying to secure this access.
The good news didn’t stop there with an announcement that all other deer species can also be huntedin these new areas of the Alpine National Park open to recreational deer hunting.
David LairdSSAA Victoria’s Hunting Development Manager said
“The Association applauds the decision and congratulates Parks Victoria on making this happen.
“This is a sensible decision and the Association is pleased to see the Government delivering on its commitments under the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan.
“With high deer numbers throughout most of their range, the Association encourages members to make the most of this opportunity and explore the new area. If the opportunity arises, takea hind for meat to fill the freezer.”
Parks Victoria said the expansion of the deer hunting area now includes areas surrounding Suggan Buggan, Limestone Creek, Native Dog Flat, Charlie Creek, Buckwong Creek, Willis and to the east of Tubbut.
Mr Laird said the announcement that other deerspecies can also be hunted in these new areas of the Alpine National Park open to recreational deer hunting is even better news.
“Previous legislation was specific in only allowing the hunting of Sambar deer,” he said.
“Hunters will now be allowed to hunt Red deer, Fallow deer, Chital deer, Hog deer and Rusa deer in addition to Sambar. Seasonal restrictions and a tag system continue to be in place for the hunting of Hog deer.”
Parks Victoria said these changes to the conditions for deer hunting have been gazetted and are now in effect.
“The historical and cultural significance of Eastern Alps symbolises Victoria’s rich history, it’s popularity among generations of recreational deer hunters demonstrates the importance of preserving this unique landscape,” saidParks Victoria’s Regional Director Eastern Victoria, Graeme Baxter.
“It is important that hunters familiarise themselves with these changes to deer hunting conditions and continue to hunt responsibly.”
Hunters should take the time to familiarise themselves with the scheduled hunting plan. More information can be found at parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/popular-activities/hunting
Victoria has decades of proof that hunters play huge role in deer control. On top of this the local rural economies boom and the need for expensive professional culling programs are reduced. If only the other states of Australia could see the value in opening their public lands to hunters.
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