A series of public forums will be held to explain changes to antlerless fallow deer management.
New measures were announced last year for the 2020 season which aim to increase opportunities for farmers and recreational hunters to manage deer.
The information sessions will provide the public the opportunity to discuss deer and other game-related management issues.
Forums will be held at:
- Longford: Thursday 23 January, 5-7pm at Longford RSL Club, 78 Wellington Street, Longford
- Avoca: Tuesday 28 January, 5-7pm at Avoca Memorial Hall, 3 Falmouth St, Avoca
- Ross: Thursday 30 January, 5-7pm at Ross Town Hall, 12 Bridge St, Ross
- Bothwell: Tuesday 4 February, 5-7pm at Bothwell Football Club Rooms, Bothwell
Changes to deer management include the extension of the game hunting season for antlerless deer, which will run from 15 March to 15 November, the introduction of five-year crop protection permits for antlerless deer and the removal of quotas and tags for both Game Licences and Crop Protection Permits issued for antlerless deer.
In other news:
Crop Protection Permit and Game Licence holders are still required to report annual take returns to enable long-term monitoring of deer numbers and the impact of deer management strategies to be assessed.
The changes come into effect at the start of the antlerless fallow deer season on 15 March.
It was announced last week four new reserves will be opened up for the 2020 deer season at Tooms Lake Conservation Area, Buxton River Conservation Area, St Pauls Regional Reserve and Castle Carey Regional Reserve.
Ballots for these areas close on January 27 and the ballots will be drawn on January 28 and 29 with the successful applications to be notified by email.
Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett said the government was focused on maintaining a sensible balance between managing the impacts of wild deer on agricultural production, conservation areas and forestry, and maintaining deer as a valued recreational hunting resource.
For more information, visit www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/deer-changes.