Duck season set to open in Victoria this weekend
Thursday 13 March, 2014
The Victorian duck season begins this Saturday, with 10 new State Game Reserves securing more habitat for waterfowl and improving hunting opportunities across the state.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the Victorian Coalition Government encouraged the state’s 25,000 licensed hunters to act responsibly during the 12-week season, including adhering to the bag limit of 10 game birds per day.
“Victoria has some of the best duck hunting opportunities in Australia and hunters generate important economic activity in Victorian rural towns and regional centres,” Mr Walsh said.
Mr Walsh said five wetlands will be closed in full this season and another wetland will be partially closed, following the completion of the annual waterfowl counts.
“The Department of Environment and Primary Industries annual waterfowl count found there were substantial numbers of freckled duck and blue-billed duck in some locations,” Mr Walsh said.
“By closing wetlands where appropriate, we are ensuring rare and threatened species are protected while still enabling duck hunters to enjoy their recreation.”
The wetlands to be fully closed are: Round Lake at Lake Boga; Hird Swamp at Kerang; Bartlett’s Swamp at Boort; Lake Natimuk at Natimuk; and Lake Colac at Colac. Part of Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve near Geelong will also be closed.
Kow Swamp, east of Kerang, and Reedy Lakes at Kerang, will also be closed to reinforce their status as wildlife sanctuaries.
All people present at wetlands during duck hunting season must act responsibly and lawfully. The season opens Saturday 15 March at 7.10am in the eastern zone, 7.20am in the central zone and 7.30am in the western zone, and closes half an hour after sunset on Monday 9 June.
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