We have an opportunity to manage feral deer in The Northern Rivers now, before their numbers grow out-of-control.
The best way to manage feral deer in our region is by working together as a community, to keep their numbers low, and to limit their impacts.
This means staying on feral deer alert, observing new signs, reporting deer sightings to Deer Scan and taking action as soon as you see a feral deer in your area.
There are some simple steps we can all take to help manage feral deer in the Northern Rivers:
There are only two effective techniques for managing feral deer in Australia:
These strategies are expensive and resource intensive, particularly once feral deer numbers get out of control.
That’s why it is so important for landholders and the community to work together, so we can act now to remove them humanely while their numbers are still small.
Find out more about feral deer management on the following websites:
Experienced recreational hunters can help with effective control of feral deer populations. This needs to be done in a safe and coordinated way to help keep feral deer numbers low.
If you are an experienced recreational hunter contact Rachel Hughes, Feral Deer Management Officer, Rhughes@tweed.nsw.gov.au or (02) 6670 2710.
Feral deer are declared game animals under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002. This means deer hunting in NSW is controlled and regulated. There are a number of restrictions on how and when deer hunting can be carried out. Although landholders and immediate family are exempt, game licences are required by people conducting recreational, commercial and professional hunting of deer species, both on private and public land.
Certain deer hunting regulations that were suspended in 2018 have been extended for another 5 years, until 15 November 2026.
Private land hunters with permission to hunt from a landholder or occupier do not require a game hunting licence.
Individuals seeking to target feral deer on public land must:
ABC Landline put together a great video about the challenges of managing feral deer.