Deer farming continues to come under heavy fire by the authorities.
Many "experts" are of the opinion that the feral populations are a result of escapes from commercial deer farms. These experts conveniently overlook that feral deer have been roaming around South Australia since the 1800s. Deer liberations were on the basis of establishing wild deer populations and improving the trophy quality for recreational hunters with no commercial interest. To suggest deer farmers are responsible for the deliberate release of deer is counterintuitive. Deer farming had its very beginnings with feral deer capture from the mid-1970s to mid-80s, 100 years after
the first releases of deer.