P.D. Moloney and J.S. Flesch
To effectively manage game species, it is important to quantify the numbers harvested. To ascertain levels of deer harvested, since 2009, Victorian State Government game management agencies have commissioned a series of regular telephone surveys of randomly selected Game Licence holders endorsed to hunt deer during the game hunting season. Additional telephone surveys were commissioned, starting in 2018, to quantify the scale of Sambar Deer hunting deer by using hounds. This report focuses on the total recreational deer harvest for 2020. Deer destroyed in commercial culling activities or as part of damage mitigation programs are not considered.