Maragle fallow deer hunting ballot

Ballot for hunts: Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Maragle South State forest is a highly sought after forest known for deer hunting. It's popularity with hunters means that online bookings are hard to secure.

The Maragle fallow deer hunting ballot will ensure fair and equal opportunity to all R-Licence hunters in this forest, particularly during the peak fallow deer hunting season.

Online bookings for Maragle South are closed for the ballot period. Normal online bookings apply for hunts up to Tuesday, 28 February and from Thursday, 1 June 2017. Ecological Deer Management rules also apply to Maragle South State forest during the designated deer season (1 March to 31 October each year).

About balloted hunts

  • Each ballot period is four days.
  • Five Written Permissions were available for each period.
  • There were 23 ballot periods available for allocation and therefore a total of 115 Written Permissions.
  • Hunters were able to nominate a first and second preference from the 23 periods.

Successful hunters - issuing Written Permission

  • Successful hunters must have completed the two additional online modules covering navigation and Written Permissions, as well as acknowledge the State forest signs briefing, to allow GLU to issue a Written Permission. If you have not completed these modules and are successful in the ballot, you must complete as soon as possible or your ballot position with be reallocated.
  • Normal booking rules apply - each licence may only have two concurrent Written Permissions.
  • Make sure you have no more than one booking attached to your licence at the time of the draw (preferably none) - if you already have two bookings in the system, we will be unable to issue a Written Permission for any hunt you secure through the ballot.
  • Check if you have any outstanding Harvest Returns by logging in to Online services. We will be unable to issue a Written Permission for any hunt you secure through the ballot if you do not complete your Harvest Returns from previous hunts.

Ballot results

The ballot was drawn at 10.30 am on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. View a recording of the live ballot draw.

8% of registrations were incorrectly filled out and were not included in the ballot.

The youth hunt ballot was conducted first for the three nominated youth hunt periods. There were eight youth registrations and the five unsuccessful youth groups added to the 474 main ballot registrations.

To allow for the possibility that successful hunters may not be able to attend during their allocated period, an extra 50 registrations were drawn as a reserve.

There were 115 Written Permissions available across 23 periods. However, this did not correspond to the first 115 numbers drawn as, where a group registration was successful, two permissions were issued for that one successful number.

Where a group registration was received, only the primary applicant was entered in the draw. The secondary applicant's number was removed so that groups did not have an advantage over individuals submitting a ballot application.

Successful hunters have been contacted by phone. Unsuccessful hunters will not be contacted.

Period 1
1 March - 4 March
Period 2
5 March - 8 March
Period 3
9 March - 12 March
Period 4
13 March - 16 March
587555862
592244520
587234879
587529866 (G1)
595951990 (G2)
587230423
587230781
595726729 (G1)
589062674 (G2)
588496685
587238775
587239564
592208484 (G1)
592207952 (G2)
593401352
592199082 (G1)
592201102 (G2)
587248104 (G1)
587253035 (G2)
587634648
Period 5
17 March - 20 March 
Period 6
21 March - 24 March 
Period 7
25 March - 28 March 
Period 8
29 March - 1 April 
589029262 (YG1)
589030446 (YG2)
587279605
588140587 (G1)
588189143 (G2)
593046753
587279602 (G1)
587478926 (G2)
591232714 (G1)
591232715 (G2)
592199898
587233100
594955323 (YG1)
594953254 (YG2)
587551796
587230985
587237760
587230132
593592202 (G1)
593592800 (G2)
Period 9
2 April - 5 April 
Period 10
6 April - 9 April 
Period 11
10 April - 13 April 
Period 12
14 April - 17 April 
591444417 (G1)
593776325 (G2)
595391924 (G1)
595393284 (G2)
588816113
594067979 (G1)
595735858 (G2)
595929169 (G1)
595931618 (G2)
592656165
589544402 (YG1)
589545176 (YG2)
592496436
587653218
592195452
587237355
588563656 (G1)
588567731 (G2)
589051369
587230095
Period 13
18 April - 21 April 
Period 14
22 April - 25 April
Period 15
26 April - 29 April 
Period 16
30 April - 3 May
587240945
587261172 (G1)
587261251 (G2)
587509563
587460079
587234124 (YG1)
587233795 (YG2)
589020522 (G1)
589021167 (G2)
593719048
587277711
587619048
592111788 (G1)
595010379 (G2)
587268795
587237825
587634947
592243704
592458900
591718403
Period 17
4 May - 7 May 
Period 18
8 May - 11 May
Period 19
12 May - 15 May
Period 20
16 May - 19 May
588759166 (G1)
595690473 (G2)
593797091
587618424
592201569
588002891 (G1)
588828626 (G2)
592195157 (G1)
593293692 (G2)
587640609
587243814
591673323 (G1)
591676555 (G2)
592486399 (G1)
592590986 (G2)
592135272
587243563 (G1)
587243847 (G2)
593084712
587231062
Period 21
20 May - 23 May
Period 22
24 May - 27 May
Period 23
28 May - 31 May
 
587229429
595190895 (G1)
595201599 (G2)
588014291 (G1)
595939101 (G2)
595933964
587232154
592453078
593599398 (G1)
595388859 (G2)
592573003
587234069
595951631
588096857 (G1)
595682212 (G2)
 

Statistics

  • 13 periods are comprised of one group with three individual hunters.
  • Nine periods are comprised of two groups with one individual hunter.
  • One period is comprised of solely individual hunters.
  • 53 Written Permissions were issued to individuals.
  • 62 Written Permission were issued to groups.
  • In two of the three youth periods (5, 11 and 14) a group from the main ballot was also successful.
  • One youth group was successful in the main ballot, in addition to the three successful youth ballot groups.

Youth hunts

  • Two Written Permissions were reserved for youth hunting in the following periods: Period 5: 17 March - 20 March; Period 11: 10 April - 13 April and Period 14: 22 April - 25 April.
  • One Written Permission is allocated to an eligible youth holding a minor's Restricted Game Hunting Licence and the other is allocated to an adult holding a standard Restricted Game Hunting Licence. The minor hunter must always hunt in the company of the fully licensed adult hunter according to the conditions of their licence.
  • Minors were not restricted in applying for the youth hunt periods only and were able to make a general registration for any other period. However, registrations for the specific youth hunts offered a higher chance of being drawn.

Ecological deer management

Maragle South State forest is an Ecological Deer Management (EDM) forest. This means special conditions apply to the number of fallow bucks hunters harvest, among others.

Successful hunters must:

  • Observe all EDM conditions as well as their Written Permission conditions.
  • Submit the lower jawbone of any fallow deer harvested.
  • Attach a Wild deer tag to the antlers of any fallow buck harvested. Tags are issued with their ballot Written Permission.
  • Submit a photo of any buck harvestedwith their Harvest Return, either printed (using the reply paid envelope in the ballot pack) or emailed.

Terms & conditions

  • The ballot draw occured on Tuesday, 14 February 2017.
  • Successful hunters were notified by phone and email from Wednesday, 15 February 2017.
  • Successful hunters must notify GLU within 14 days of their allocated ballot period if unable to attend.
  • All hunts are final and are not transferable.
  • If your registration was drawn in the ballot, and where your first preference was not available, you were allocated the period you nominated as your second preference. If your second preference was not available, you were allocated any available period between 1 March and 31 May 2017.
  • If you were unable to hunt the allocated period, your successful position was given to the next successful hunter.
  • We will post a Balloted hunt Written Permission pack to successful hunters. The pack will include the permission, wild deer tags and EDM information.
  • Any unused Wild deer tags must be returned to the DPI Game Licensing Unit.
  • Hunters must observe their Written Permission conditions, Ecological Deer Management special conditions, all rules applying to State forest hunting as well as the rules governing this ballot.

More information

If you have any questions about the ballot, contact our Education and Training Team: hunter.leap@dpi.nsw.gov.au or 02 9842 8351.