Don­ald district lake re-opens to hunt­ing

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Brown’s Lake near Don­ald has re-opened for the 2018 duck-hunt­ing sea­son.

Brown’s Lake was pre­vi­ously closed to hunt­ing from the start of the 2018 duck-hunt­ing sea­son to pro­tect sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of en­dan­gered freck­led duck.

Reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing of the re­serve by the Game Man­age­ment Author­ity, GMA, and the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Water and Plan­ning has con­firmed that freck­led duck have left the lake.

Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Hyams said sur­vey­ing bird num­bers and clos­ing or re-open­ing wet­lands where ap­pro­pri­ate helped en­sure hunt­ing in Vic­to­ria was sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble.

He said the hunt­ing sea­son closed half an hour af­ter sun­set on June 11.

“Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials will con­tinue to mon­i­tor other closed wet­lands through­out the sea­son,” Mr Hyams said.

“If the rea­son for the clo­sure no longer ex­ists, they will be rec­om­mended to be re­opened for hunt­ing.”

Hun­ters are re­minded to check for any clo­sures be­fore they de­part for their hunt.

Full de­tails of all wet­land clo­sures are avail­able on­line at www.gma.vic.gov.au or the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment Gazette.

Mr Hyams said au­thor­i­ties would con­tinue to work to en­sure hun­ters acted in a safe and re­spon­si­ble man­ner.

He urged hun­ters and the gen­eral pub­lic to re­port any il­le­gal hunt­ing to the GMA through its web­site www.gma. vic.gov.au or the Cus­tomer Ser­vice Cen­tre on 136 186 or by con­tact­ing Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000, or Vic­to­ria Po­lice.

De­tails about the 2018 duck sea­son, in­clud­ing fact sheets in var­i­ous lan­guages and in­for­ma­tion about any wet­land clo­sures and re-open­ings through­out the sea­son are avail­able on the GMA web­site.

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