Successful duck season comes to end
FIELD and Game Australia chief executive officer Richard Light has praised hunters for a successful 2018 Victorian duck season.
Mr Light said unsubstantiated claims made by anti-hunting activists, and the release of selective video on the final day of the 12 week season is a deliberate and unreasonable attempt to tarnish the reputation of all hunters.
“The Game Management Authority is rightly investigating the claims and we will await the outcome,” he said.
“We also encourage the regulator to investigate the behaviour of activists on the wetland where the video was shot, and whether laws put in place to protect legitimate hunters from harassment and interference were breached.”
Field and Game represents the majority of the 26,000 licensed duck hunters in Victoria and for 60 years has harnessed volunteers to drive wetland conservation and protect habitat for all native waterbirds.
“Duck season is highly regulated and this year additional changes were made to opening times on the first weekend and for the retrieval of game birds and retention of game meat throughout the season,” Mr light said.
“Despite the added complexity in an already highly regulated activity, the strong compliance by hunters was acknowledged by the regulator and the Victorian Government following the opening weekend of the season.
“Our feedback is that the season has been an overwhelming success with hunters harvesting wild food while complying with regulations.
“Hunters overwhelmingly demonstrated that ethical and humane hunting is sustainable for future generations to come.”