Field & Game Australia has welcomed Victorian Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio’s statement in The Weekly Times that the government will not ban duck hunting.
“We fully support Minister D’Ambrosio’s statement and are working alongside her office and (Agricultural) Minister (Jaclyn) Syme’s office to advocate the sustainability of duck hunting, not just for today but for generations to come,” Field & Game Australia chief executive Dean O’Hara said.
“Field and Game will continue to advocate for Victorians to have a duck season.
“It is also pleasing to note the increase in the Game Management Authority’s statistics in game licensing.”
GMA’s game licensing data shows an 8.9 per cent growth in duck hunting since 1996, with 25,918 licensed duck hunters by June 30 2018.
This is despite having 13 restricted duck seasons which has included reduced season lengths, bag limits and species.
“The data shows a clear reflection of the increase in the Victorian tradition of hunting,” Mr O’Hara said.
"Whether this increase is due to well being or economic investment, it is important to note there is, in fact, an increase."