Maragle fallow deer hunting ballot

Balloted hunts: Thursday, 1 March 2018 - Thursday, 31 May 2018

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

The Maragle fallow deer hunting ballot helps ensure all NSW R-Licence hunters have a fair and equal opportunity to hunt this forest 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 Wednesday, 28 February (approved species only - remember, fallow, red and wapiti deer may only be hunted from 1 March) and from Friday, 1 June 2018.

Ecological Deer Management rules apply to Maragle South State Forest during the legal deer hunting season (1 March to 31 October each year) and to all balloted hunts. This means R-Licence hunters must abide by special EDM conditions as well as game hunting licence and State Forest conditions.

About balloted hunts

  • The ballot was drawn at 10.30 am on Friday, 12 February 2018.
  • Each ballot period is four days.
  • Five Written Permissions were issued for each period. Check the calendar below for registrations that are confirmed for each period.
  • 23 ballot periods were 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.
  • Group hunt registrations were accepted for youth hunts only.

Who is eligible?

Only individuals who hold a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (including minor R-Licences) were eligible to apply for the ballot.

Youth hunts

Two Written Permissions were reserved for youth hunts in three ballot periods:

  • Period 5: Saturday, 17 March - Tuesday, 20 March
  • Period 12: Saturday, 14 April - Tuesday, 17 April
  • Period 14: Sunday, 22 April - Wednesday, 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.

2018 Ballot allocations

Period 1
Thursday, 1 March -
Sunday, 4 March
 
Period 2
Monday, 5 March -
Thursday, 8 March
Period 3
Friday, 9 March -
Monday, 12 March
 
Period 4
Tuesday, 13 March -
Friday, 16 March
 
710467292
704188200
708676479
711753077
709292993
711519853
710633192
709313122
704631806
706184384
711213170
709137872
705777462
704240992
704185185
707420623
710621507
704844269
704474330
704183795
Period 5
Saturday, 17 March -
Tuesday, 20 March
 
Period 6
Wednesday, 21 March -
Saturday, 24 March
 
Period 7
Sunday, 25 March -
Wednesday, 28 March
 
Period 8
Thursday, 29 March -
Sunday, 1 April
 
889061695 (youth)
889061046 (youth)
704183639
711753179
705138292
711168134
704184386
708672952
888747516
705106515
704213267
704183332
708117639
704482776
704194915
711990827
709969352
706639304
705105174
705108190
Period 9
Monday, 2 April -
Thursday, 5 April 
Period 10
Friday, 6 April -
Monday, 9 April
 
Period 11
Tuesday, 10 April -
Friday, 13 April
 
Period 12
Saturday, 14 April -
Tuesday, 17 April 
704842106
708652568
705139167
704189784
706684723
705540335
704851583
704201227
704182097
708836345
708674247
704235275
708675061
708714625
704876351
886653613 (youth)
886651751 (youth)
711498420
704605768
706681840
Period 13
Wednesday, 18 April -
Saturday, 21 April 
Period 14
Sunday, 22 April -
Wednesday, 25 April
 
Period 15
Thursday, 26 April -
Sunday, 29 April 
Period 16
Monday, 30 April -
Thursday, 3 May
 
711223420
710337906
705197686
704207376
710314288
884954458 (youth)
884954052 (youth)
710321883
711701770
705949012
708696770
704180843
706681377
704235528
704206487
704185495
708681617
707281193
710340846
708675584
Period 17
Friday, 4 May -
Monday, 7 May
 
Period 18
Tuesday, 8 May -
Friday, 11 May
 
Period 19
Saturday, 12 May -
Tuesday, 15 May
 
Period 20
Wednesday, 16 May -
Saturday, 19 May
 
880033806 (youth)
880014718 (youth)
708333495
705102165
710285585
704207264
708680025
704219011
710877398
708672976
704179972
704631456
711178546
704860638
705022129
704207130
704234224
704843550
704796746
708675815
Period 21
Sunday, 20 May -
Wednesday, 23 May
 
Period 22
Thursday, 24 May -
Sunday, 27 May
 
Period 23
Monday, 28 May -
Thursday, 31 May
 
 
704184653
704197744
704190050
704190319
710641374
710322712
886029201
886029640
704220055
709831412
705447031
704501071
711675079
708672141
705192395
 

Terms & conditions

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
  • submit a photo of any buck harvested with their Harvest Return, either printed (using the reply paid envelope in the ballot pack) or emailed.

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.


2018 ballot statistics

No. of Written Permissions available 115
Total no. of ballot registrations 851
No. of eligible ballot registrations 734
Registration error rate 13%
No. of individual hunter registrations 829
No. of youth group ballot registrations 11
Chance of drawing a Written Permission 15.7%

There was a 28% error rate among hunters who were drawn in the ballot - these hunters did not meet the eligibility requirements relating to harvest returns and additional training.

Successful hunters who did not meet these requirements were removed from the ballot and replaced by hunters drawn for the emergency list.

 

2017 ballot statistics

No. of Written Permissions available 115
Total no. of ballot registrations 714
No. of eligible ballot registrations 661
Registration error rate 8%
No. of individual hunter registrations 368
No of group registrations 173
No. of youth hunt ballot registrations 7
Chance of drawing a Written Permission 22%
  • 13 periods were comprised of one group with three individual hunters.
  • Nine periods were comprised of two groups with one individual hunter.
  • One period was 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.