Growing hunting's benefits

There are many positive outcomes in growing hunting's benefits.

In order to grow the social and economic benefits of hunting, the action plan will inform hunters of seasonal arrangements using social media and other technology, make game meat processing easier, monitor the economic benefits of hunting to inform future decisions and facilitate hunting tourism.

To protect threatened, endangered and at-risk species, hunting regulations, including where hunting may and may not occur, are sometimes varied at very short notice.

To make it easier for hunters to plan, the action plan will examine the most effective ways to tell stakeholders about seasonal variations, including better use of technology and social media.

There are currently obstacles that stop game and pest hunters from fully utilising the animals they hunt. To minimise waste and help hunters maximise the use of harvested game, the action plan will investigate and remove barriers to game meat processing.

Action

Improve seasonal announcements

Lead: GMA

Delivered

Progress

Complete

  • Victorian Game Hunting App used to communicate seasonal variations, wetland closures and openings.
  • Release of new GMA Facebook page.
  • Production and distribution of various fact sheets explaining seasonal conditions, regulatory changes and promoting responsible hunting.
  • Letters sent to all duck hunters in 2018 to advise of changes to regulations.

Underway

  • Redevelopment of the Game Hunting Victoria phone app.
  • Redevelopment and upgrades to the GMA website.

Action

Facilitate game meat processing

Lead: DJPR

Underway

Progress

Complete

  • Removed regulatory barriers so farmers can now dispose of problem deer and commercial field harvesters and meat processors can process deer for human and pet consumption.
  • Find out more about these changes to commercial processing of wild deer.

Underway

  • Legislative changes to enable recreational hunters to have wild deer processed for personal consumption by certain providers.
  • Determining feasibility of removing barriers that prevent deer hunters taking deer to retail butchers.

Action

Monitor social and economic benefits

Lead: DJPR

Underway

Progress

Upcoming

An economic study to determine the contribution of hunting to the economy has commenced and is due for release in May 2020.

Access the Estimating the economic impact of hunting in Victoria in 2013 economic study (PDF 2,437.05 kB).

Action

Promote regional hunting opportunities

Lead: DJPR

Underway

Progress

Complete

  • Support development of the Towong Shire Council Draft Hunting Tourism Action Plan.

Underway

  • Improved opportunities for deer hunting considered as part of the draft deer management strategy.

Page last updated: 14 July 2020