Public Land Deer Hunting Ballot (Central Highlands Deer Ballot)

​​​​​​To provide opportunities for appropriately licensed and registered shooters, the Department is continuing to support responsible recreational shooters to hunt wild fallow deer on designated reserved and public land. 

Allowing controlled access for recreational hunters to reserved and public land will help control deer numbers, and will reduce their impact on the environment, while providing an opportunity for hunters. 
The 2019 Public Land Deer Hunting Ballot​ has been completed and the 2020 ballot will open in early January.  

​​​The inclusion of the Top Marshes Conservation Area and the Five Mile Pinnacle Conservation Area will be available for hunting after being closed due to the 2019 Central Highland bushfires. 

Recreational hunting for fallow deer under this ballot system will again be authorised during the 2020 game season in the following Central Highland reserves:

Top Marshes Conservation Area 

Access ​approximately 3​ km in on the Monpeelyata Road off the Marlborough Highway (opposite Little Pine Lagoon)​​.

  Top Marsh CA - Hunting Map   (323Kb)

Great Western Tiers Conservation Area

Access to this reserve is via the Tunbridge Tier Road (app​roximately 17.5 km west from the Midlands Highway, Tunbridge) through a track known as Mountain Creek Road for approximately 9.1 km, turn right onto Bacala Road at the old saw mill mound (before the Mountain Creek bridge) for a further .9 km to the boom gate posts, recommended 4WD vehicles only. 

  Great Western Tiers CA - Mountain Creek Hunting Map   (636Kb)


Five Mile Pinnacle Conservation Area​ 

Access via Barren Plains Road​ off the Highland Lakes Road (Tods Corner)​.

  Ballot Map Five Mile Pinnacle   (345Kb)

​New reserves:
In cooperation with the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Hydro Tasmania (HT), additional public land is available including:

Central Plateau Conservation Area - Breton Rivulet & Mother Lords Plains
Breton Rivulet block (PWS) including Mother Lord Plains block (HT) - Consisting of the portion of Central Plateau Conservation Area land east of the Highland Lakes Road and Hydro Tasmania land. Main access to this reserve via the Poatina Road through Cider Park Track, recommended  4WD vehicles. Hunting only to the East of Highland Lakes Road (Pine Lake) and West of the Poatina Road.

  Ballot Map -Central Plateau CA - Breton Rivulet - Mother Lords Plains Hunting Map   (449Kb)

Great Western Tiers Conservation Area - Parson and Clerk Mountain
Parson and Clerk Mountain block (PWS) - Consisting of an isolated part of the Great Western Tiers Conservation Area around Parson and Clerk Mountain. Main access via the Gunns Marsh Road through the Tumbledown Creek * approximately 19 km to Little Lake access sign, recommended 4WD vehicles only.  

  Greater Western Tiers CA - Parsons and Clerk Mountain Hunting Map   (365Kb)

Great Lake Conservation Area - Tumbledown Creek - Gunns Marsh
Land known as Tumbledown Creek* (PWS) including Gunns Marsh (HT) (excluding Gunns Lake and Little Lake) - Consisting of the portion of the Great Lake Conservation Area and Hydro Tasmania land east of the Poatina Road. Access from Poatina Road via the Gunns Marsh Road. Hunting only to the north west of the Gunns Marsh Road and transmission lines, recommended 4WD vehicles only.    

  Ballot Map -Great Lake CA - Tumbledown Creek - Gunns Marsh Hunting Map   (409Kb)

* Please note that Tumbledown Creek Bridge is currently closed due to its deteriorating structural condition. It is advised that no traffic use the timber bridge. However, It is estimated that high clearance 4WD vehicles can pass through the ford alongside the bridge when Arthurs Lake water level is more than 1.8 m below full supply level, and will be up to individuals to assess whether conditions appropriate to allow safe fording.

These reserves will also be available for hunting fallow deer Ballot during the 2020 Game Season.

 Deer Ballot Land General location map

  Central Highlands Deer Ballot Map   (921Kb)

Ballot Application In​​formation 
  • To be considered for the ballot each individual hunter must complete their own Application for Authority to Hunt Fallow Deer on Public Land (download form below)
  • The applicant may nominate to be part of a hunting party (maximum four members).
  • ​Authorities will be issued subject to a random ballot process for each hunting period and reserve(s) you have nominated. There will be no option of swapping preferred dates or reserve(s) you are allocated.
  • This year each successful ballot authority will run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. Apart from week 1 of each season which will run from Saturday to Tuesday, and the final week of each season which will run from Wednesday to Sunday.
  • To ensure hunter safety all hunters on PWS and HT managed land must wear some form of hi-visibility/blaze orange clothing (i.e. hat, vest) to be more identifiable to other hunting parties.
  • It is a requirement of successful ballot permits holders to adhere to the permit conditions including the Terms and Conditions document below.

Ballot Pr​​ocess 

Each recreational hunter wishing to enter the ballot must complete the form below to be considered for the 2019 ballot.

The Ballot Coordinator will send authorities to successful hunters via Australia Post or email prior to the season opening.


Ballot Closing Date

Mid January 2020.

Draw Date

Late January 2020 at Prospect Government Offices.


Central Highlands Deer Ballot
Game Services Tasmania
PO Box 46
Phone: (03) 6777 2087

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