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Who owns the deer that feed on my friend’s farm?

The park?s owner isn?t happy because he says the deer are his. Surely he can?t ?own? them, can he?

George Wallace
No he doesn?t, deer are wild and belong to the owner of land where they are killed so it?s ridiculous that this neighbour is trying to lay claim to them.

You are quite free to shoot these deer for your friend so long as you observe the legalities surrounding seasons and rifle calibres.

You should also ensure, of course, that it is safe to shoot them on the land they?re visiting.

If you want chapter and verse on the legal aspect of deer management then I have no hesitation at all in pointing you in the direction of Deer: Law and Liabilities ? an excellent book by Charlie Parkes and John Thornley, published by Swan Hill Press.