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Hastings Wild Deer Management Strategy

At the request of the Minister of Primary Industries, North Coast Local Land Services has been working closely with various stakeholders in the Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Area over the past two years on developing and implementing a strategy to establish greater coordination of resources to control wild deer populations and lessen their negative impacts in that region.

As a result of that work the Hastings Wild Deer Management Strategy (PDF 6.6MB) was launched in 2016.

The Port Macquarie Branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) has developed a Hunting Protocol to support the facilitation of sporting shooters with deer control in the Port Macquarie region. A supporting Register Template and Risk Assessment Notes are also available. Any landholders considering engaging with the SSAA are requested to contact the Port Macquarie Branch directly by calling Don on 0419 123 699 or by email (preferred) including your name, address and contact details.

As a result of the work of the Hastings Wild Deer Working Group, certain regulations have been lifted with respect to hunting deer in the Port Macquarie Hastings local government area. The Gazette notice states that the lifting of certain regulations is specific for only three species of deer - fallow, rusa and red deer. The notice appears on page 918 in the Government Gazette of State of New South Wales Number 29, Friday 22 April 2016.

Hastings Wild Deer Working Group news:

Joint media release: Community encouraged to report wild deer vehicle incidents
A strategic approach to dealing with wild deer
Community input sought on wild deer strategy
Overwhelming response from Wild Deer Community Survey
Community input sought on Wild Deer
Hastings Wild Deer Working Group re-formed