Wild-shot Deer Feasibility Study

​The Tasmanian Government made a number of commitments in response to the 2017 Legislative Council inquiry into wild fallow deer in Tasmania.  The complete response can be found in the following document:

One of these responses is to undertake a study to determine the feasibility of a trial for landholders to supply value added wild deer products for the regulated food and restaurant trade.

Through a competitive process Tasmanian firm Community Led Impact Partnerships (CLIP) led by Owen Tilbury has been awarded a contract to undertake this work.  

The study will examine a range of issues including, the values and activities of all stakeholders, the economic contribution of game hunting in Tasmania, impacts on recreational hunting arrangements between landholders and hunters and also on the deer farming sector, policing and enforcement, and the regulation, quality control, continuity of supply and differentiation of wild venison product.

CLIP will use a range of methodologies including personally contacting stakeholders to deliver the outputs from the consultancy.  Stakeholders are therefore encouraged to cooperate with the consultant should they be contacted to provide information or opinions.

It is important to note this feasibility study will help inform if a trial should be undertaken and no decision regarding commercial use of wild shot deer has been made. 

Ultimately it would be for a business proponent to determine the financial viability of any wild-shot deer products if the activity was to be approved by Government.

Mr Tilbury has more than 30 years’ experience as a consultant in a range of industries including agriculture, food processing and manufacturing, finance, and hospitality.

He also has been involved in supply chain redesign and value chain management programs.

The study, and report, is expected to be completed by the end of July 2020.

Study scope and details are included in the Terms of Reference:

  Terms of Reference - Wild-shot fallow deer feasibility study   (201Kb)


Manager, Game Services Tasmania
Robin Thompson
Phone: 03 6777 2157
Email: Robin.Thompson@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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