Details of the Victorian Duck Season have just been released by the Game Management Authority with the most significant change to legal hunting times on opening weekend.
The season opens on March 17, 2018 and closes on June 11, 2018 with a bag limit of 10 ducks per/day. Blue-winged shoveler can not be hunted during the 2018 season.
Hunting across the state will not commence until 9am on opening morning (Saturday March 17) and until 8am on the following day.
In a statement GMA Chairperson Brian Hine said throughout 2017 there was consultation with hunting, animal welfare and conservation stakeholders, departments and the government to strengthen duck hunting regulation in Victoria.
“The greatest challenge to regulating duck hunting occurs on the opening weekend of the season. Last year’s opening weekend saw some hunters engage in entirely unacceptable behaviour including early shooting, shooting protected species and failing to retrieve shot birds. As a result, changes are being made ahead of the 2018 duck season”, Mr Hine said.
From February the pass mark for the Waterfowl Identification Test will increase from 75 per cent to 85 per cent.
The GMA has flagged increased enforcement efforts throughout the season and closures to protect significant concentrations of waterbirds.
Field & Game Australia CEO Richard Light said it was evident in the days after the opening weekend in 2017 that the Victorian Government and the GMA would impose change.
"It is regrettable that the vast majority of ethical and responsible hunters are being held to account for the actions of a small but damaging minority," he said.
"As responsible hunters, we will comply with the rules, as we always do, and for the future of our hunting tradition, ensure that those around do so. We have a 12 week season and a 10 bird per/day bag limit so there is ample opportunity for all hunters to enjoy their season."
FGA chairman Bill Paterson said;
"We are disappointed with the changes made to the opening weekend times and the continued exclusion of the Blue-winged shoveler; when we were told of the terms of the season we strongly argued against them. However, that is the season for 2018 and it is up to all of us to abide by the regulations and enjoy our hunting."
Duck Season - March 17, 2018 until June 11, 2018
In addition to the regulatory changes to collect all ducks and retain at least the breast meat.
- Bag limit of 10 ducks*
- *Hunting of the Blue-winged Shoveler will be prohibited, due to persistent low numbers of the species
- For opening weekend: hunting will commence at 9am on Saturday, and 8am on Sunday, across the whole state as part of a trial of opening the season during daylight hours
- For the rest of the season, hunting times will revert to the standard half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
Quail Season -
For more information visit the Game Management Authority website
Duck Season - 15 minutes before sunrise on Saturday, February 17, 2018 until 30 minutes after sunset on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
A total bag limit of 12 ducks per hunter per day applies.
Blue-winged shoveler is not to be hunter during the 2018 season.
Quail Season - Saturday February 17, 2018 until Sunday August 26, 2018
Hunters may take 20 Stubble Quails in total per person per day.
More information SA Department of Environment, Water, Natural Resources
Duck Season - March 10, 2018 until June 11, 2018
A total bag limit of 10 ducks per hunter per day applies. Only black duck, grey teal, chestnut teal, mountain duck and wood duck may be taken.
Brown Quail Season - May 12, 2018 until June 24, 2018
A bag limit of 20 birds per day applies. Only Brown quail may be taken.
More information Tasmianian Government
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