WHILE this year is set to see a full-length, 12 week duck hunting season, dry conditions over the past two years has caused duck numbers to decrease, leading to restrictions to the daily bag limit for hunters this year.
Thanks to below average rainfall causing duck numbers to dwindle, the Game Management Authority put recommendations forward to reduce the daily bag limit to 10 ducks on opening day, with a five per day bag limit for the remainder of the season to ensure the sustainability of duck populations.
On the opening Saturday of the season, no more than two game ducks per daily bag limit can be Blue-winged Shovelers. This will then be reduced to one Blue-winged Shoveler per daily bag for the remainder of the season.
Agriculture Minister, Jaala Pulford said, “Duck hunting is a popular recreational activity in Victoria, with more than 26,000 people licensed to hunt game ducks.
“Hunters are reminded to act safely and responsibly at all times while enjoying their hunting.”
Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World Proprietor, Steven Threlfall said, “With the conditions as they are the restrictions are reasonable.
“The restrictions will simply give hunters the access to more time during the season to go out and shoot a few ducks.
“It’s about the continuation of duck season than it is about the numbers that are taken.”
This year’s season will commence on Saturday, March 21 and closing half an hour after sunset on Monday, June 8.
For further information, visit www.gma.vic.gov.au