Day­light open­ing to Vic­to­rian Duck Sea­son

Duck hunt­ing won’t com­mence on open­ing morn­ing in Vic­to­ria un­til 9 am un­der a tight­en­ing of reg­u­la­tions by the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment and the Game Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity.

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Vic­to­rian Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford said the day­light hunt­ing times for open­ing week­end would as­sist wa­ter­fowl iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and com­pli­ance ef­forts. “We will re­flect on the im­pact that th­ese changes have,” she said. “Let’s see how the new rules go but we are very keen to send a mes­sage to hun­ters that what hap­pened last year was not ac­cept­able.”

GMA chair­per­son Brian Hine said open­ing week­end pre­sented the big­gest chal­lenge for reg­u­la­tors. “Last year’s open­ing week­end saw some hun­ters en­gage in en­tirely un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing early shoot­ing, shoot­ing pro­tected species and fail­ing to re­trieve shot birds. As a re­sult, changes are be­ing made ahead of the 2018 duck sea­son”, Mr Hine said. “As Vic­to­ria’s hunt­ing reg­u­la­tor, GMA’S key ob­jec­tive is to pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity in game hunt­ing in Vic­to­ria. The be­hav­iour of some hun­ters on the open­ing week­end of the 2017 sea­son was nei­ther re­spon­si­ble nor sus­tain­able.”

Mr Hine said new reg­u­la­tions would be in­tro­duced to for­malise what is al­ready stan­dard prac­tice for the ma­jor­ity of re­spon­si­ble hun­ters. “Hun­ters will now be re­quired to re­trieve all game ducks they shoot and will be re­quired to at least sal­vage the breast meat from a duck to en­sure that har­vested game is not wasted,” he said.

De­tails will be posted on the GMA

web­site prior to the start of the sea­son.

In Fe­bru­ary, the GMA will also raise the min­i­mum pass mark for the Wa­ter­fowl Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Test from 75 per cent to 85 per cent. Hun­ters ap­ply­ing for a duck hunt­ing game li­cence will need to meet this higher score in or­der to ob­tain their li­cence.

Field & Game Aus­tralia CEO Richard Light said it was ev­i­dent in the days af­ter the open­ing week­end in 2017 that the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment and the GMA would im­pose change.

“It is re­gret­table that the vast ma­jor­ity of eth­i­cal and re­spon­si­ble hun­ters are be­ing held to ac­count for the ac­tions of a small but dam­ag­ing mi­nor­ity,” he said. “As re­spon­si­ble hun­ters, we will com­ply with the rules, as we al­ways do, and for the fu­ture of our hunt­ing tra­di­tion, en­sure that those around do so. We have a 12-week sea­son and a 10 bird per day bag limit, so there is am­ple op­por­tu­nity for all hun­ters to en­joy their sea­son.”

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