New life member for Australian Deer Association

Sunday, Jul 7, 2019

Patrick Ross has recently been announced as the 13th Life Member of the Australian Deer Association (ADA).

Patrick joined the ADA in 1981 and has held positions at every level, including National President from 1990-1995, and had been the National Executive in recent years to help guide the Association into a new digital era.

Patrick’s no nonsense, articulate and forthright contributions are always offered with the best interests of the deer, deer hunting and the ADA at heart.

What does this recognition mean to you and the contribution you have given to the ADA?

Having life membership bestowed upon you by your peers is a rare honour indeed.

The contribution to the ADA by those who have received this honour in the past is one of selflessness and freely given time, utilising the skills that you may have. My skills are in governance, finance and getting the job done.

What is it about ADA that you enjoy the most?

Like many organisations which are nationally based, there will be one core aspect which brings all members together. The people who have been drawn to deer are many and varied, from lawyers and judges, politicians, bureaucrats, farmers, welders, fabricators, teachers and military personnel. They all bring skills which can be utilised, and it makes for a fascinating time around a fire after a hound hunt in the valleys of Victoria or on the flood plains in the Northern Territory.

What big changes have you seen over the last 38 years with the ADA?

The big changes over the past four decades have been information flow. From internal memo by mail, then fax, and now the digital world, where communication is instant.

This of course does not mean that results move at the same speed, we still need to investigate and carry out the required due diligence in the decision-making process.

Nevertheless, to transition into this ever-changing digital world we have moved our financial reporting to a cloud-based platform, are engaging with our members more using social media and have made our flagship magazine, Australian Deer, accessible online.

What do you see for the future of ADA and deer hunting?

With the ADA being 50 years old it has a great future engaging with all young hunters. Deer are continuing to increase their range in all states and territories of Australia.  As this growth continues deer will be more available for recreational hunters. Hunters without doubt have much to offer when it comes to control of the many animal species.

However, attitudes of both private and public land holders must change and garner some understanding and respect that all wildlife is a resource. When this is truly understood, the unnecessary carnage and wasteful practices carried out now will be replaced by a sustainable and well-managed beneficial model.

Now that you are a life member, what do you hope to achieve?

Having been an active participant in all facets of ADA I have a broad understanding of the organisation. With this knowledge I wish to work with the next generation to ensure that they have a good understanding of where we have come from and put forward ideas and options for a future direction.