Consultation outcome

2 April 2019

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft revisions to the feral deer policy in the 2018 consultation process.

The revised feral deer policy for South Australia has now been finalised.

Feral deer are an agricultural, environmental and social pest. They eat native plants, trample saplings and rub against mature plants. They compete with native wildlife and livestock for grass, and erode creek and river systems. They can also be a hazard on roads.

Populations of deer have expanded into new areas. The revised state policy for feral deer outlines our responsibilities to manage feral deer in South Australia, and to confine domestic deer so they do not escape and become feral.

The following responsibilities under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 now apply:

  • Landholders must cull all feral deer on their properties. Control efforts are most effective when neighbouring landholders work together to cull deer on multiple properties at once.
  • Do not move, keep or sell feral deer to prevent them spreading to new areas.
  • Ensure all your domestic deer over 12 months of age have ear tags. If deer owners have notified neighbours of deer escapes, deer with visible ear tags should not be culled for 2 days to allow recapture.
  • Ensure your domestic deer are securely confined, or you may be required to modify your boundary fence.
  • You need a permit from the NRM Board to keep deer on Kangaroo Island.
  • New deer farms (registered with PIRSA after April 2019) must have boundary fences that meet new fence standards. Your fence must be at least 1.9 metres high, made with prefabricated deer mesh that is attached to a top and bottom strainer wire and posts that are no less than 8 metres apart.
  • Ensure deer are not released into the wild. Report any deer releases to your NRM Board.

For more information visit the PIRSA website.