Deer Management

Sustainable Deer Management and the Public Interest

The management of red deer at a landscape population level as set out in the Code of Practice on Deer Management (The Deer Code) requires a collaborative approach. Deer are regarded as a natural resource and as such all those who manage them have a ‘responsibility’ to:

  • manage deer as a resource sustainably;
  • minimise negative deer impacts on public interest;
  • safeguard deer welfare.

The deer management objectives of members of the DMG currently contribute to delivering a wide range of public benefits as set out in The Deer Code. The Deer Management Plan demonstrates how the DMG is currently contributing to sustainable deer management and will identifies further opportunities for the DMG to deliver the Public Interest.