Parks Victoria will be implementing a deer aerial shooting trial in the Mt Buffalo and Alpine National Parks in October 2018.

A significant expansion of deer populations in the Alpine and Mt Buffalo National Parks, and surrounding areas, has been observed over the past decade, with increased impacts on environmental, social and economic assets.  Parks Victoria introduced a deer control trial to try and address these issues.  The focus to date has been on ground shooting; Parks Victoria is now adding aerial shooting to the trial.

The aerial shooting trial will be conducted in Mt Buffalo National Park, north west of the Mount Buffalo Road, and in the Mt Feathertop and Mt Pinnibar areas of the Alpine National Park (see attached maps).  It will take place over 3 – 4 week days, between the 8th and 26th October 2018.  The exact dates will depend on the weather.  You will be notified again once the actual dates have been decided.

The areas of the park subject to shooting will be closed for the 3 – 4 days that shooting occurs.  No main roads will be closed.  (Note – no shooting will occur within 300m of the Deer Control Area boundary shown on the attached maps).

While the shooting areas are closed, large areas of both parks will remain open to visitors, including Lake Catani campground, the Horn, the Gorge and the Chalet.  Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain will not be affected.

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.