Following the successful completion of the two-year balloted hog deer trial at Snake Island, the Victorian Government has committed to an additional five-year continuation of the program under the governance of Parks Victoria and Game Management Authority.
The balloted hog deer program at Snake Island will provide additional opportunities for recreational hunting in South Gippsland in a safe and controlled way and to coexist with current land users and visitors to the island.
The new season will commence on 4 February 2019, with each hunter to undertake a mandatory safety briefing by Parks Victoria and the GMA prior to their allocated hunting period.
There will be a total of seven hunt periods held between 4 February and 1 June this year, scheduled during the weekdays to avoid weekends and public holidays. Each hunt period begins on Monday at 8.00am and finishes on Friday at midday. Hunting is not permitted at night.
Hunter information including fact sheets for the program can be accessed the GMA website http://www.gma.vic.gov.au/hunting/deer/hog-deer-hunting/balloted-hunting
This includes a map outlining the hunting exclusion zones on the island and the dates of the hunt weeks.
The ballot for the program has been conducted by the Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Group and the successful hunters have been notified.
Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger South Gippsland and Bass Gerard Delaney said, “Parks Victoria has been pleased with the stronger collaborative approach we have developed with the Australian Deer Association and Snake Island Cattlemen’s Association since the commencement of the trial back in 2016”.
“This has ensured a joint understanding of each user’s requirements on Snake island and to ensure the continuation of the balloted hog deer program continues to operate in a safe and harmonious manner.”