Deer Control Plans

wild deer

The East Victoria Deer Control Plan 2023-2028 and West Victoria Deer Control Plan 2023-2028 were recently released. The Peri-Urban Deer Control Plan 2021-2026 was released in 2021. See deer control program regional plans for a map of the boundaries of the three regional deer control regions. The three regional deer control plans guide deer control and management actions across Victoria to prevent or minimise the impact of deer on environmental, cultural, social, and economic values.

More information: go to deer control strategy

by Simon Feillafe, Mitta 2 Murray Landcare Facilitator Program

New Deer Kit Helps Landowners

Feral deer are becoming an increasing problem on private land impacting agricultural production, gardens and native biodiversity and increasingly a road safety risk.

To assist landowners to manage deer on their land, Upper Ovens Valley Landcare commissioned this kit to provide deer control options for a range of property types in the Ovens Valley region and greater north eastern Victoria.

The Feral Deer Control Kit for the Upper Ovens Valley was funded through a Victorian Landcare Grant auspiced through the North east Catchment Management Authority and the content was developed by ABZECO (Applied Botany, Zoology and Ecological Consulting).

The information in this deer kit was sourced from publicly available online resources at the time of preparation. This is a live document that can be updated as new information becomes available e.g. new fencing businesses that specialise in deer fencing, new control methods, local case studies. Find the kit and how to use it HERE .

by Simon Feillafe, Mitta 2 Murray Landcare Facilitator Program

Deer Fence Design

This picture depicts a deer fence I saw week in Upper Murray, it was a design I thought some of you might be interested 3 years ago, to reduce the impact of deer predominately Fallow deer and kangaroos. Hence the need for a low hot wire. It cost $10m in materials, is 6ft 4in high, with a steel every 2.5m. Some of the posts have a second post behind them for reinforcement. Top wire is a heavy barb wire to keep the fence straight. Left is bush, right is paddock. This design was a result of this landholder doing some research, looking at a number of designs and then adapting it to suit his needs. And as he says, it works. The pasture on right was part of a 45 paddock rotation, and most paddocks had a lot more grass than this one.

by Simon Feillafe, Mitta 2 Murray Landcare Facilitator Program

Victorian Deer Control Community Network (VDCCN) Newsletter November 2022

Highlight of this edition:

  • AGM and a New Committee for 2022/23
  • Deer Field Day in the Upper Ovens Valley
  • The Invasive Species Council Call for the Protection of Feral Deer in Victoria to Stop
  • Locals Taking Action in the Dandenongs
  • Detering Feral Deer with Voice Recordings
  • $6.8 Million Funding to Deer Project in Victoria
  • Peri Urban Community Grants for Deer Control Now Open
  • NSW Kosciuszko Cross Tenure Feral Deer Project Update
  • How Feasible is Trapping Feral Deer
  • South Australia “Ups the Ante” on Feral Deer
  • National Feral Deer Action Plan Newsletter

Read HERE

Victorian Deer Control Community Network (VDCCN) Newsletter Autumn 2022

Highlight of this edition:

  • Peri Urban Deer Control Plan
  • Funding for Deer Control Projects
  • Alps Deer Control Trials
  • Survey of Landowners in North East Victoria
  • Report Collisions with Deer
  • Deer Free Sanctuary for the Prom?
  • Will feral deer remain protected species?
  • VAGO Audit of Deer Management
  • Deer and Bushfire Recovery
  • Local Deer Control Networks
  • What’s happening interstate?

Read HERE