Community feral deer management (CFDM) is defined as “active engagement of the community in managing local feral deer impacts”. It can include activities such as reporting feral deer sightings, vegetation monitoring, public education days or removal and/or non-removal management such as erecting an exclusion fence. See right. 

CFDM can significantly reduce the impacts of feral deer.

  1. A community can consistently mange feral deer on private property, which is required to impact population numbers and to ensure results from  large operations are maintained.
  2. Communities can provide invaluable data on feral deer spread by reporting sightings and control effort

This page will provide case-studies of CFDM in Australia, and resources to support your program. 

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To support the development of effective, long-term, and feasible CFDM across Australia, the National Feral Deer Action Plan (NFDAP) is conducting evidence-based research on the development and implementation of CFDM.

If you have or are involved in a community program, you can help by filling out our questionnaire.

Find resources to support your program below...

Organisations and community groups can use the below resources to support education and awareness raising activities. 

Resources for community education

Feral Deer Impacts Fact Sheet

Community feral deer management

Download Here This fact sheet outlines the impact of feral deer.  It was designed for awareness raising in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It... Read More → Feral Deer Impacts Fact Sheet

Monitoring Feral Deer Landholder Guide

Community feral deer management

Download Here This guide will help landholders identify if feral deer are present or moving through their property and will provide... Read More → Monitoring Feral Deer Landholder Guide

Identifying Feral Deer and Signs Field Guide

Community feral deer management

Download Here This guide outlines identification of feral deer species and their signs in the environment so that you are equipped to... Read More → Identifying Feral Deer and Signs Field Guide

Organisations and community groups can use the below templates to support development of their community program. 

Templates

Community Vegetation Monitoring Method

Guides, Literature CFDM, Templates

Download manual here Download datasheets here This field manual is designed to assist land managers in easily implementing assessments of... Read More → Community Vegetation Monitoring Method

Neighbour notification for deer control – for groups

Templates

Completion of this form, signed by all adjoining or affected neighbours, will assist in keeping a record of the agreed modes of contact for... Read More → Neighbour notification for deer control – for groups

Neighbour notification for deer control – for individuals

Templates

This is a form which may be used to keep a record of all adjoining or affected neighbours, to indicate the agreed mode of contact for... Read More → Neighbour notification for deer control – for individuals

Property Access Agreement

Templates

This Property Access Agreement was designed to be used as an agreement between private landholders who had formed a community group and a... Read More → Property Access Agreement

Organisations and community groups are encouraged to read past literature on CFDM to learn from past experience. 

Literature on CFDM

Community Vegetation Monitoring Method

Guides, Literature CFDM, Templates

Download manual here Download datasheets here This field manual is designed to assist land managers in easily implementing assessments of... Read More → Community Vegetation Monitoring Method

Vegetation Monitoring Method

Literature CFDM

Download Here This field manual is designed to assist land managers to easily implement surveys for assessing deer impacts on forested... Read More → Vegetation Monitoring Method

Nillumbik Shire Survey Results

Literature CFDM

Download Report Council has been running the Participate Nillumbik’s Community Deer Management – Knowledge to Action survey... Read More → Nillumbik Shire Survey Results

Living with deer in Harrietville

Literature CFDM

Download Report Download Framework The Living with Deer Project aimed to empower the Harrietville community to manage deer and their... Read More → Living with deer in Harrietville

Let's hear from some case studies...

The Sugarloaf Link Project is a three year project funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program. This program looked at the use of professional shooters to control feral deer numbers on private property.

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