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Aerial shooting of feral deer from a helicopter is used over large spatial scales and in inaccessible areas. It is a cost-effective primary method of quickly reducing feral deer populations.
This 2023 standard operating procedure should be read in conjunction with the overarching Code of Practice for the Effective and Humane Management of Feral and Wild Deer, to ensure that the most appropriate pest control techniques are selected and deployed in combination with other techniques, to achieve rapid and sustained reduction of pest animal populations and impacts.
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It is important to connect with the relevant government authorities to ensure you have the right permits in place before undertaking feral deer management.Connect
Terrestrial Vertebrate Working Group, 2023. NATSOP-DEER001 National Standard Operating Procedure: Aerial shooting of feral and wild deer. Standard Operating Procedure. PestSmart website. https://pestsmart.org.au/toolkit-resource/aerial-shooting-of-feral-deer accessed 10-12-2023