Opportunity in Tasmania
Mainlanders don’t usually equate Tasmania with dry conditions and last year the lack of water limited opportunity for duck hunters, but the turnaround has been swift and complete.
Peter Lowe, president of South East Field & Game said the season was looking “pretty good”, mainly due to the return of significant water.
“There are plenty of birds around at the moment and from what we’ve observed, they bred twice this year,” he said.
“This year we have the best conditions ever, all the holes are full all over the state; we should have the best season ever.”
A lot of duck hunting in Tasmania is on private property but Peter said Craigbourne Dam, part of an irrigation scheme and a popular spot for trout fishing, would be his opening weekend destination.
Moulting Lagoon gets a fair number of shooters, and even a couple of protesters in pointless pink tutus.
“Most of the hunters know their local farmers; they all have private places they like to go,” he said.