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 request the Tasmanian Game Council to provide advice on the feasibility of conducting a limited fixed term trial to evaluate the potential for deer farmers and landholders to supply value added wild deer products for the regulated food and restaurant trade.
An independent consultant is now being sought to undertake a study to determine the feasibility of such a trial to use wild-shot deer for commercial use.
The study will also include the design of any potential trial if a trial is deemed to be feasible by the consultant.
Quotes to undertake this study can be submitted until COB on Friday, 22 May 2020.
The study is not intended to determine the financial viability of, or market development for, wild-shot deer products.
Whether a trial is ultimately undertaken, and hence the conduct of such a trial, is not in the scope of this consultancy. The findings of this feasibility study will inform a decision by Government as to whether a trial would proceed.
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)