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Hunting deer is a popular sport in Australia as well as a much needed conservation program for the feral species, hunting deer poses one of the greatest challenges for many skilled hunters. There are plenty of areas where hunters can stalk deer for sport, with April through August as the best times for deer hunting.
Six feral deer species are acceptable to hunt in Australia. One of the more frequent is the Sambar deer, which is primarily found in Victoria and New South Wales and their neighbouring regions. Hunting a Sambar deer can be quite challenging compared to other species not only because of their low population density, but also due to the fact that they can stay perfectly still for long periods of time. This makes them difficult to spot by hunters and even predators.
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Other deer species that are available during regular hunting season include the Rusa deer, Indian spotted deer (found only in North Queensland), Red deer, Hog deer, and Fallow deer. Each of these is specific to a certain region in Australia, and can be hunted using a rifle or bow.
There are select months wherein certain deer species are legal to hunt. Hog deer can only be hunted in April, and Rusa deer hunting commences in May. All other deer species are available throughout the entire hunting season.
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Before hunting deer in Australia, you need to check with your local agency on potential restrictions, in some states you will require a Deer Hunting License. The specific details of each license vary depending on State, so it’s recommended you check each states hunting regulations to be sure. The license is valid for hunting all available species. Foreigners must secure an International Visitor Firearm Permit and a Customs Import Permit if they wish to bring their own firearms.
State Government Deer Hunting Resources:
Remember to check with your local association on information regarding where, what and how to hunt deer. Laws vary in each state and if not followed can carry severe penalties. Not all the information may be accurate based on individual laws that cover hunting in your area.
Another thing to remember when hunting deer in Australia using a rifle is that there are restrictions to the firearm’s calibre. Large calibre rifles are recommended for hunting, as this ensures a quick and humane dispatching. The use of less than a .270 calibre on some species of deer is considered illegal; wounded animals crashing through the forest only add to the danger and distress of the creatures in the wild.
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Getting a rifle in the right calibre can guarantee a successful hunt, but one that fits the terrain is also essential for a good, clean kill. When still-hunting in the woods or pussyfooting along a trail, a .30-30, 308, 270, 30-06, 300 WSM calibre rifles are ideal. In “brush country,” wherein shots are made rarely beyond 50 metres. In the mountains, a rifle that can perform well in both close- and long-range shots is a good choice. Hunters must make note of its weight, though, as mountain-hunting will require them to move about; the rifle should be light enough to carry even when traversing steep terrain.
A rifle’s scope is also helpful for hunting, as it will determine how far the deer is from the shooting point. Some scopes have built-in rangefinder reticles called Bullet Drop Compensator (BDC) with which the marksman can bracket a deer exactly 3 feet high. Others have cams in the adjustment that compensate for long range, allowing hunters to first set the scope to 100 yards then to 200 yards by turning the elevation dial, and be on that distance. The best scopes, however, are those with a fitted laser rangefinder and a reticle that allows a precise hold.
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The hunting rifle need not be too complex or flashy. A flat-shooting cartridge with a basic scope, sighted-in for the longest point blank range can make accurately placed shots out to 300 metres, which is an average distance some deer hunters will be shooting at from any field position.
The 338 Marlin Express, a traditional tubular-magazine lever-action rifle, is an example of a good firearm for hunting deer in the woods (used heavily in the US). Its cartridge delivers quite a punch at 100 yards, shooting a 200gn bullet at 2565fps — such a performance will surely bring the game to a quick kill. Of course, a hunter can use any firearm for deer hunting, sometimes more than one. What’s important is that the rifle is used within its limitations and sighted to let the hunter handle it with ease. Besides, hunting is all about evaluating the target, carefully measuring the distance, and making the first shot count.