An aerial survey of Tasmania's wild fallow deer population will take place in the second half of 2019 to guide future policies to control their numbers, which reached plague proportions in recent years.
The state government will choose a successful tender applicant by the end of July, with the data collected by the end of this year and a report submitted by mid-2020.
The survey covers a broad region of Tasmania where fallow deer are believed to be most widely-distributed - from near Targa in the north, to Kemtpon in the south, and Coles Bay to the Central Plateau taking in areas of the Wilderness World Heritage Area.
The survey forms part of the government's response to a Legislative Assembly inquiry, accepting 17 of its 20 recommendations in full.
The government initially planned to start the survey last year.
The survey results will guide wildlife monitoring programs, and methods of keeping track of Tasmania's deer numbers into the future.
The newly-formed Game Services Tasmania determined the aerial approach was most appropriate after discussions with international wildlife population biologists.
Minister for Primary Industries Guy Barnett said the government would also rely on camera traps and "citizen science" to get as much data as possible.
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The results could also help the government determine if a wild deer-products industry for food and restaurants was feasible in Tasmania.
The recommendations supported by the government also included increasing the bag limit and open season arrangements for deer, extended crop protection permits from one year to five years and carry out a review of poaching penalties.
The government did not support wild deer being harvested for pet food.