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Capture and euthanasia of feral deer may be used for management purposes. Clover or box traps are used to capture individual deer, and larger paddock, corral or ‘enclosure’ traps are used for groups of deer.
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 before undertaking feral deer management.Connect
Terrestrial Vertebrate Working Group, 2023. NATSOP-DEER003 National Standard Operating Procedure: Trapping of feral and wild deer. Standard Operating Procedure. PestSmart website. https://pestsmart.org.au/toolkit-resource/trapping-of-feral-and-wild-deer accessed 10-12-2023