AFTER below average rainfall seeing a reduction in duck numbers, modified bag and species limits have been introduced for the 2016 duck hunting season, which will be a full length season.
With the season commencing from Saturday, March 19 and closing on Monday, June 13, hunters will be required to adhere to the introduced limitations, which will see a reduction from 10 birds per day to eight birds for the opening day and four birds per day for the remainder of the season.
As part of the restrictions and due to reduced habitat and low numbers, the hunting of Blue-winged Shoveler will be prohibited.
Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World proprietor, Steve Threlfall said, “I am very happy and pleased we are getting a full length season. It’s important because the end of the season is when the conditions get better for hunting.
“We have just seen a good downpour of rain, which will put some water back into the wetlands, which will help with breeding numbers.
“With the restriction in the numbers of birds allowed to be hunted, it comes down to the fact that the birds aren’t locked by state borders. These ducks will breed in numbers in wetter areas such as NSW. But with the recent rainfall and as we get nearer to the wet season, we will see the ducks returning to Victoria.
“Sticking to the 10 bird limit per day will have no bearing on the number of ducks nationwide.
“I congratulate the continuing support of duck hunting. Hunting generates an economic benefit of $430M and a large portion of that is spent in regional Victoria.”
Details of the 2016 duck season will be regularly updated on www.gma.vic.gov.au and the Game Hunting Victoria mobile app.