If you are an individual or group with responsibility for a parcel of land that is affected by a local wild deer population, you can make a simple application to DPI requesting a suspension of the deer hunting regulations.
A suspension of the regulations means that licensed hunters you may choose to enlist are exempt from the special rules for hunting deer in NSW.
If approved, a suspension order will be published in the NSW Government Gazette and will set out the specific conditions and requirements of the suspension and well as when the order expires.
If your property is located in any of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs), hunters you permit on your property will continue to require a game hunting licence, but will not be required to follow certain hunting rules for wild deer like hunting at night, hunting using spotlights and hunting from a vehicle.
Before an application to suspend the regulations is considered, there must be a Wild deer management plan for your property or area.
There are many options to support you to develop a management plan for your land.
Wild deer management plans must:
You can use the DPI template, or develop your own Wild deer management plan that addresses these areas:
|EDM suspension of wild deer regulations application kit|
|FORM EDM-S: Application to suspend the game hunting regulations for wild deer||(PDF, 80.72 KB)|
|Template - Ecological deer management - Wild deer management plan||(DOCX, 264.21 KB)|
To meet our legislative requirements, DPI must assess your application and its’ management objectives. This may involve:
There is no set processing period for resolution of a suspension application. This is due to the nature of assessing different herds on different lands, DPI will endeavour to minimise delays and give timely advice and approval.
Following an approval, a suspension order will be published in the NSW Government Gazette within ten days. The date of publication in the Gazette is the commencement date for the suspension. The order will also set an expiry date.
If you need assistance from licensed, reputable hunters to control wild deer on your land, we encourage you to contact a local Approved Hunting Organisation.
If your property is located in an LGA where the deer hunting regulations are suspended, you can add your details to an EDM Landholder Register, or access the EDM Hunter Register to find available hunters near you.