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Who We Are

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We are the group who could no longer live under the lie which blankets the hunting/shooting/outdoor community.

It is a community being lead in a certain direction by people who do not value our contribution or code of ethics.

The group known as RIDGE (Research into Deer Genetics and Environment) was initiated in 1992 as a non-profit organisation open to all interested parties, with the aim of instigating a self funding, self regulating and sustainable management system for wild deer in Queensland.


The group has actively promoted management techniques such as strategic fencing, cropping and pasture rotation, combined with hunting for venison and trophies along with seasonal herd culling, to provide a balance within wild deer herd which is acceptable to land users, with the aim of improving overall herd quality

These management principles have been based on information and research from other countries, as well as information gathered from Australian Government Departments, Sporting Clubs, private individuals and research conducted directly by the group itself. All management principles are currently being evaluated and refined under actual field conditions.


RIDGE actively supports cooperation between landowners and hunters by promoting legal access through a balloted hunting system, as well as hunter education and herd management activities. This system provides the opportunity for gathering data and educating new hunters towards an ethical approach to hunting while at the same time allowing the participating landowners to obtain a financial reward from wild deer on their land. This system has received widespread support from local authorities and other land users.


The RIDGE group’s ongoing work is funded largely from money raised through memberships.


By purchasing RIDGE membership you are supporting the push for Sustainable management of our Wild Deer for the benefit of future generations of Australians. 

In 2021, Clark sat down with Jake Gasparovski of the Hunting Camp Downunder Podcast to explain the history and principles that The RIDGE Group is built upon....
Here is the follow up interview from April 2022 with Clark and  Jake Gasparovski of the Hunting Camp Downunder Podcast

Partners and Supporters

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