rules

 

This booklet has been prepared to provide hunters with an understanding of their legal, safety and ethical requirements when hunting Sambar Deer with the aid of scent-trailing hounds.

It includes information on licensing requirements,
where you can hunt, legal hunting methods, safe firearm handling practices, ethical responsibilities and other information relevant to this form of hunting.

Know the rules
The regulations governing hound hunting are made by the State of Victoria and overseen by authorised officers from DPI, Parks Victoria and Victoria Police.

It is your responsibility to carefully study the current hunting regulations and to know what is permitted. Never rely on another person to tell you what you need to know – they might not have the correct information.

The information in this booklet is taken from a range of Acts and Regulations, including the Wildlife Act 1975, Firearms Act 1996, National Parks Act 1975, Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2001, and the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals in Hunting under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.

 

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THE VHH CODE OF CONDUCT

Membership Application
In the event of admission as a member, I agree to be bound by the rules of the Association for the time being in force. This application is made in the full understanding of the Association requirements for ethical and responsible behaviour (Code of Ethics). I will do everything within my power to preserve the good image of the sport and promote the activities of the Association. (I understand a member breaking the Code of Ethics, or Rules of the Association will be subject to a reprimand or period of suspension, or expulsion from the Association.) This must be signed and dated by each member.

(a) Members who do not abide by this Code of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action or expulsion from the Victorian Hound Hunters Inc.

(b) Members must obey all the State and Federal Laws in the State in which they hunt.

(c) Members should encourage others to adopt this code.

(d) Members should learn as much as possible about the issues relating to conservation recreational hunting, animal welfare and ethics, develop their own standards and encourage others to do the same.

(e) No member should act in a manner, which would bring discredit to recreational hunting or the Victorian Hound Hunters Inc.

(f) Members should foster good relations amongst hunters and the public.

(g) Members should avoid confrontation with and not infringe on the activities of other hunters, landowners, Government employees and the general public.

(h) Members should respect the rights of landowners and exercise proper precautions to prevent damage to their property and the disturbance of their livestock.

(i) Members should hunt with consideration for the deer and the environment.

(j) Members should adopt safe hunting practices, for example, with respect to fire arms, target identification, bush craft, driving, fire and survival.

(k) Rifles should not be test fired in the bush where annoyance may be caused to the public.

(l) Members should be competent in the use of their firearms. Practice ranges should be used where available.

THE VHH CODE OF ETHICS

General
1. Respect for property.
2. Respect for general public and the environment.
3. Remove rubbish from campsite.
4. We will not trespass on private property.
5. We will respect all native animals and flora.
6. We will not use ungazetted roads.
7. We will minimize road use in the winter months to avoid unnecessary damage.
8. We will abide by any CFA requirements regarding fires.
9. Assist other bush users wherever possible.

Firearms
1. Treat every firearm as loaded.
2. Always point firearms in a safe direction.
3. Never have loaded firearms in camp, home or car.
4. Never fire at hard surfaced or water.
5. Do not consume alcohol when handling firearms.
6. Do not climb fences or obstacles with loaded firearms.
7. Get prior permission before entering private property with firearms.
8. Never shoot at colour, sound, movement or until target has been properly
identified.

 

HOUNDS

 

IDENTIFICATION

  • Only registered scent trailing hounds will be used to flush or trail sambar deer.
  • No aggressive hounds to be used.
  • These hounds are to be microchipped and assessed against the breed standards (Bloodhound, Harrier, and Beagle).
  • Members will provide proper identification and contact information on all of their hounds, as per the Regulations.
  • Members will firmly insist other hound owners will abide by this conduct

 

WELFARE AND BREEDING

  • Hounds will be accommodated in clean and warm kennels.
  • The overall health of the hounds will be paramount and members are to ensure the hounds receive regular veterinary attention.
  • Members are to also ensure the hounds are well fed and are in suitable physical condition for hunting.
  • Hounds are to be transported in humane conditions.
  • Hounds are not be used in conditions that are conducive to heat exhaustion.
  • Hounds are to have access to fresh water at all times, including during any time spent in hunting camps.
  • Hounds are only bred for the purpose of replacing old hounds; they are not to be bred for commercial purposes.
  • Excessive numbers of pups are not to be produced.
  • Members will firmly insist other hound owners will abide by this conduct

 

RECOVERY

  • Members will work diligently to retrieve hounds by the end of the hunt recognizing it is our moral and ethical responsibility to retrieve every hound as quickly as possible.
  • If members cannot locate a hound by the end of the hunt, they are to do their best to retrieve it as quickly thereafter as reasonably achievable.
  • Members will not abandon any hound and will not tolerate any one who does.
  • When a member of the public finds a lost hound the team leader should ensure that the hound is picked up promptly and that appropriate reward be offered.
  • Members will firmly insist other hound owners will abide by this conduct

 

HUNT MANAGEMENT

  • When planning the hunt the team leader should give consideration to the proximity of any hound hunting areas that are areas of high use by the general public and avoid such areas.
  • Parallel or co-ordinated hunts by two or more teams are not to be undertaken.
  • Under no circumstances should fresh hounds be introduced into the hunt.
  • When hunting, hounds must trail the deer, scent, voice and not attack the deer.
  • Members will firmly insist other hound owners will abide by this conduct

Deer
1. Only deer that can be utilized should be shot.
2. A hind should not be hunted if it is thought that it is in fawn or it had a fawn nearby and the fawn is too young to survive alone.
3. When the deer is shot the whole animal should be removed from the bush and utilised.
4. If this is not possible then every effort should be made to carry out as much venison as possible.
5. Deer should not be hunted from a boat or vehicle.
6. Deer must be hunted with no less than the minimum calibre required by law being .270 calibre.