Australian Deer

Diving into the issues around wild deer management and hunting in Australia

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EP:002 The Roar: May 2024

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Wednesday May 15, 2024

In this episode of the Australian Deer Podcast, Paul Gray, the lead of marketing and events at the ADA, breaks down the latest developments in the deer landscapes of Australia. Assisting him in this crucial exploration is Sean Kilkenny, the lead for advocacy and deer management. The discussion navigates the Tasmanian election aftermath, the liberal minority government formation, their commitments for the hunting season, and the status of the Tasmanian Game Council. Scott Freeman, the Tasmanian coordinator and ADA representative, receives special recognition for his accomplishment within the Game Council. The episode also provides an overview of the recent AgFest event that witnessed an impressive turnout and constructive discussions about quality deer management. The Central Highlands’ future outlook stands as a prime topic, with indications of ongoing discussions and movements regarding its fate. Boosting potential economic impacts, the Great Outdoors Task Force secures funding and reinforces its ongoing advocacy work. The episode concludes with highlights from the Hunter Education Event in Victoria and acknowledges the students' participation and improvements for future events. Commendably, the ADA ceparters appreciated the community for its support and contributions towards various events, establishing a sense of unity and gratitude. This podcast serves as a comprehensive guide, updating listeners monthly on unfolding news, updates, and valuable insights into the fascinating Australian deer world.

EP:001 The Roar: April 2024

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

Immerse yourself in all things deer in Australia with our newly introduced series, "The Roar” on the Australian Deer Podcast, covering all the latest news related to wild deer in Australia. In our first episode, we covered a range of topics with our esteemed guest sean Kilkenny, the leader of advocacy and deer management with the Australian Deer Association.
Our discussion began with an exploration of the Animal Care and Protection Bill (VIC), detailing the changes in legislation from animal welfare to animal rights and explaining its impact on deer hunters. We highlighted the importance of regulations and how they influence the perspective on hunting, and the significant changes in animal rights that may affect recreational deer hunting.
We also elaborated on the developments regarding land tenure in the central highlands of Victoria, associating it with the termination of native timber harvesting. The significance and potential implications of any changes in land tenure for recreational activities including deer hunting with dogs were explored. A new promising initiative, the Great Outdoors Task Force represents a step forward in acknowledging recreational land users.
Lastly, we wrapped up our podcast with an overview of the recent Tasmanian elections, foreseeing no immediate alterations to hunting practices in Tasmania.
Join us every month for your essential dose of all things deer. All deer hunters and enthusiasts are encouraged to provide us with their feedback and proposed topics of interests that you would like us to cover!.

Copper Bullet Research

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

A quick update on a research paper that the ADA co-authored exploring animal welfare outcomes between lead-free (copper) and lead bullets on sambar deer in Victoria.

Friday Mar 26, 2021

April is prime time for lots of deer hunters in Australia – the fallow are rutting, the one month hog deer season is on and hound hunting kicks off for the year.
In this episode we chat with second generation Houndsman Danny Edebohls, hog deer tragic Laurie Rees and fallow manager and hunter extraordinaire Jake Nicholson.
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Thursday Mar 04, 2021

We chat with WA MLC and founder of ADA WA, The Hon Rick Mazza about the forthcoming election, the threats that a landslide would pose for democracy and the importance of working together.

Fourth generation sambar man

Wednesday Sep 23, 2020

Wednesday Sep 23, 2020

Recorded live as a members only webinar in September 2020 - an in-depth Q&A session with renowned Australian sambar deer educator, guide and hunter, Paul Boag from Paul Boag's Outdoors

Wednesday Aug 28, 2019

In this podcast we sit down with our great friend Brian Murphy, CEO of the Quality Deer Management Association in the USA.
Brian joined us in Australia in August in conversations across South Eastern Australia about wild deer management and the positive role that hunters and hunting can play.
We discuss the Quality Deer Management Association and its mission, QDM in Tasmania, recruiting new hunters, venison diplomacy and hunters for the hungry, the wild harvest initiative, the threat of chronic wasting disease, how these are the best of times for Australian deer hunters and how the future might look for us.

Release the hounds

Wednesday Aug 07, 2019

Wednesday Aug 07, 2019

In this episode we chat with second generation hound hunter Danny Edebohls about this fascinating and often misunderstood form of deer hunting.
Episode notes on the Australian Deer Association website 

Thursday May 30, 2019

We thought that the last podcast was so good, we simply put it up again!, the audio quality was poor and didn't work well on the platform so we have had it tidied up. 
The third episode of The Australian Deer Podcast was recorded live at the Victorian Hunter Education Course in Neerim, Victoria on 5 May, 2019.
It features The Australian Deer Association Executive Officer Barry Howlett in conversation with the students at the course discussing deer management and the future of hunting. 
This talk marks the conclusion of a very intense three days of learning for the students. 
The powerpoint slides referenced can be viewed on The Australian Deer Association website.

Quality deer, quality people

Wednesday Apr 10, 2019

Wednesday Apr 10, 2019

In the second Australian Deer Podcast, ADA's EO Barry Howlett is joined by Dr Craig Harper from the University of Tennessee, Daryl Snowdon from Field & Game Australia, Rod Hill from Tasmania and Col Brumley from ADA in Victoria to discuss Craig's visit to Australia, Quality Deer Management, challenges, opportunities and what there is to be gained by simply sharing knowledge. 


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