Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh says control of Victoria's State Game Reserves will shift to the Game Management Authority if the Coalition is elected in November.
Mr Walsh made the announcement at Richardson's Lagoon where he met with Field & Game Australia chairman Bill Paterson, CEO Richard Light and board member Mark Daley.
"The policy on State Game Reserves from the Liberal and Nationals is to take management of them out of Parks Victoria and move them to the Game Management Authority," Mr Walsh said.
"One of the proud histories of Field & Game was the purchase of those State Game Reserves years ago and a number of people I've met with over the past few years have shown concern about the fact they are not being managed well and they want to get involved in managing them and put volunteer hours into them. That is how they started and that is how we will get the best outcome for those reserves."
Mr Walsh said the Heart Morass is a good example of the conservation effort and positive outcomes achieved by Field & Game members.
"Here at Richardson's Lagoon, I remember coming a couple of years ago where Field & Game members did a rubbish clean up before Duck Season, the summer campers, the non-shooters, had left rubbish everywhere and they cleaned it up, that is the sort of thing people want to do, to be involved in making sure these Reserves are well managed and maintained."
Field & Game Australia chairman Bill Paterson welcomed the policy announcement.
"We've been advocating this change for some time because the State Game Reserves, which were a function of Field & Game's proposals many many years ago, have not been well served recently," he said.
"We've had access issues and non maintenance issues and moving them from Parks Victoria into the Game Management Authority makes a lot of sense, who is better to handle Game Reserves than the Game Management Authority."
FGA board member Mark Daley, who led the clean up at Richardson's said the lagoon, like all Game reserves, is highly valued by hunters.
"The GMA is developed for the future of hunting and that is where they should be, under their umbrella so they can actually look after and develop them for the future of hunting."