Hog Deer hunting to commence on Snake Island
Friday 9 February, 2018
The second two-year trial of balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island commences on Monday 12 February with a total of eight hunters permitted on the island for each of the five days. The ballot and hunting periods will be strictly regulated by the Game Management Authority (GMA) and Parks Victoria.
Snake Island is situated within Corner Inlet and is part of the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park in South Gippsland. Access to the island is by boat and is tide dependent with the closest boat ramp at Port Welshpool. Current estimates of Hog Deer numbers on the island are about 500 individuals.
Following the successful first year of the trial, Parks Victoria and the Game Management Authority reviewed the program alongside our key user groups including the Snake Island Cattleman’s Association, Licenced Tour Operators, school groups, the Australian Deer Association and Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia.
The Australian Deer Association conducted a hunter education weekend at nearby Sunday Island in late January 2018, with each hunter to undertake a mandatory safety briefing by Parks Victoria and the GMA prior to their hunting period.
There will be a total of seven hunt periods held between 12 February and 1 June this year, scheduled during the weekdays to avoid weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Each hunt period begins on Monday at 8.00am and finishes on Friday at midday. Hunting is not permitted at night.
A hunter information package and fact sheet for the program has been developed and can be accessed from the Parks Victoria and GMA websites. This includes a map outlining the hunting exclusion zones on the island and the dates of the hunt weeks.
The ballot for the program has been conducted by the Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Group and the successful hunters have been notified.
Quotes attributed to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger South Gippsland and Bass, Gerard Delaney
“Parks Victoria was extremely happy with the first year of the trial, which was conducted professionally and incident free.
“We have reviewed the program with our stakeholders, and we are pleased that the trial program will be operating under the same framework as last year. A report will be provided to the government at the end of the trial to inform its future
Quotes attributed to Game Management Authority Director, Simon Toop
“Hunters will be well briefed on their responsibilities and obligations, with a particular emphasis on safety.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the selected hunters to enjoy free-ranging Hog Deer hunting, and they will be wanting to make the most of the experience and do the right thing. Compliance patrols will be conducted during and outside the hunting periods.”
Media enquiriesMelanie McVey-Di Lazzaro
0459 818 451
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