Snake Island Balloted Hog Deer Hunting Program
The two-year trial of balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island commenced on Monday 6 February, with a total of eight hunters permitted on the island for five days. The ballot and hunting periods are regulated by the Game Management Authority (GMA) and Parks Victoria.
Snake Island is situated within Corner Inlet and is part of the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park in South Gippsland. Access to the island is by boat and is tide dependent, with the closest boat ramp at Port Welshpool.
Current estimates of Hog Deer numbers on the island are about 500 individuals.
Since the announcement of the two-year trial by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio in August 2016, the GMA and Parks Victoria have consulted with key user groups including the Snake Island Cattleman's Association, licenced tour operators, school groups, the Australian Deer Association and Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia.
The focus of the trial is on providing quality hunting opportunities in a safe and controlled way that coexists with current land use and visitors to the island. The Australian Deer Association conducted a hunter education weekend at Port Welshpool on 21 and 22 January 2017, and each hunter undertook a mandatory briefing by Parks Victoria and the GMA prior to their hunting period.
There will be a total of seven hunt periods held between February and May 2017, scheduled during the week days 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.
A hunter information package and fact sheet for the program has been developed and can be accessed from the Parks Victoria and GMA websites. Click on link below to access 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.
South Gippsland District Newsletter, April 2017
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