Suc­cess­ful duck sea­son comes to end

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY GUIDE -

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.”

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