I have heard some good and some bad reports regarding the operations on private property. A company is working in Vic but has to take everything to NSW as currently the legislation does not allow for commercial harvest of wild shot deer in Vic. Farmers initially were paid well for access but that has significantly dropped ($/kg). Farmers also have no control over who attends to shoot and there have been some complaints. The SSAA have a farmer's assist program and will provide free shooters to eradicate pests. All the ideas are good in principle. There is also a thriving black market sale of venison for dog meat.A lot of deer getting taken locally these days, a small industry has sprung up.
Word in chatter says its making a difference.
If horses were declared a pest animal (instead of the current key threatening process) then things could change. Same with deer (which have been declared a pest on private land). The ADA argue declaring deer a pest will prevent their members shooting them on public land. Deer hunters argue it is illegal for them to shoot pest animals while they are out hunting deer. I argue back that I don't know of many deer hunters stalking who would take a shot at a cat and risk spooking a deer. Hunting a pest animal only requires a Registration of interest to hunt pest animals on Crown land in Victoria.