Deer license requirements revoked across NSW to control population | Daily Central West


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A decision to remove hunting permit requirements to kill deer on private property has been green lighted for the region. In order to control the numbers, anyone with a firearms license will be able to hunt deer on private land, provided they have permission from the owner. The Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area is home to a known population of red deer, but the killing of these herds in the conservation area remains prohibited. Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said the decision to remove deer from the classification of “game species” would give landowners the upper hand in dealing with the “growing number” of “the four-legged threat” . “The NSW deer population has exploded in recent years and these wild animals are not only causing grief to farmers battling drought, they are encroaching on urban areas and also creating danger for motorists,” Mr. Marshall said. “As it is, landowners are fighting these wild animals with one hand tied behind their back. “It just doesn’t make sense for deer to have semi-protected status as their populations skyrocket. Over the past 10 years, the distribution of deer across the state has increased from about 8 percent to 17 percent. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Primary Industries said there had been no surveillance of the population on and around Mount Canobolas and their numbers could have been affected by the 2018 bushfires. said there was no active surveillance of deer populations in and around Orange, fallow deer and red deer pose a risk to farmers by eating crops and pastures. “A key message for local farmers is not to wait for wild deer to become a problem – start management as soon as you see them on your property to avoid the high densities of wild deer that are seen in other parts of the country. ‘State,’ said the DPI spokesperson. The changes will take effect on September 6.



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