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Ground shooting of feral deer is undertaken as part of shooting programs in national parks, reserves, and private lands. It is conducted by vertebrate pest control officers including government staff, landholders, volunteer pest control shooters, and professional contractors.
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.
The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions manages these documents on behalf of the Environment and Invasives Committee. The authors of these documents have taken care to validate the accuracy of the information at the time of writing. This information has been prepared with care but it is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, to the extent permitted by law.
It is important to connect with the relevant government authorities to ensure you have the right permits in place being undertaking feral deer management.Connect
Terrestrial Vertebrate Working Group, 2023. Ground shooting for feral and wild deer. Standard Operating Procedure. PestSmart website. https://pestsmart.org.au/toolkit-resource/ground-shooting-of-feral-deer accessed 07-02-2023