Re: birding-aus Qld Duck and Quail Harvest Periods

Subject: Re: birding-aus Qld Duck and Quail Harvest Periods
Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 20:11:17 +1000
Hi all,
Annette Cooke posted the following on 16/5/99.

Date sent:              Sun, 16 May 1999 08:29:32 +1000

Subject:                birding-aus Qld Duck and Quail Harvest Periods

> The ad in Saturday May 15 Qld. Courier-Mail (Monitor p.26) for the above
> is illustrated by a duck that looks suspiciously like a freckled duck.
> Does this mean that a duck with this sort of profile is OK to "harvest",
> for is it just that the people who wrote and approved the ad don't know
> which are endangered ducks?
> Annette Cooke
I too noted the same advert and was amused at the terminology " 
Harvest Periods" and wondered if this was some sort of agreed  
terminology  between the powers that be and the ducks and quail 

Naturally this could re-start a tiresome thread on the ethics of 
hunting, or "Harvesting" as some in the community would prefer. 
This is not my intention as I am sure it would bore the pants of 
those of you who have been through it all before.

However I checked out the web site noted in the article to see 
which ducks and quail had been conned into agreeing to this 
scheme without realizing the full implications. 

 I found that Maned ( wood ) Duck and Pacific Black Duck were 
included.Not such a surprise as I can see them on a daily basis 
and therefore perhaps not too thin on the ground but again I wonder 
if they had been fully informed. 
The surprise was to see both the Wandering and Plumed Whistling 
Duck included as well.
To date, my birding experience has been limited to a relatively 
small area around Brisbane and for all I know the Whistling Ducks 
are in plague proportions from one end of the land to the other, 
other than in the Brisbane area that is.  I will not embarrass myself 
in revealing just how rarely I have spotted this later pair but perhaps 
some of you could enlighten this poor unfortunate on how common 
they are and if they are indeed a ' problem ' in some areas.
This led to the quail and it seems the Stubble and Swamp/Brown 
quail have been conned into participating in this wonderful venture. 
Again my limited experience causes me some embarrassment as 
I've  had  only rare glimpses of the wee craters and would not dare 
to make a claim as to what the fleeting glimpses related to. This 
apparently does not cause the experienced hunter any problem as 
he is required to take a Quail identification test before he is allowed 
out in the field. I can just imagine the sighs of relief from the quails  
relatives who may have feared inclusion in this years cull, sorry 

The site is worth a visit and if you follow it 
through to the relevant " Harvest Period " page there are a few 
chuckles to be had at the tortured logic contained.
For example ( Hunting is only allowed during daylight ) why? Would 
it not be more fun if confined to the hours of darkness. I am sure it 
would only increase the pleasure of our Charlton clones who would 
surely relish the additional challenge involved in carefully 
discriminating between all those seemingly identical little feathered 
balls and the other fearless hunters.

( Quail live in grassland and are probably more threatened by 
agriculture than hunters ) Again the mind boggles. Is this some 
sort of official insult on the skills ( ? ) of the hunter, an inducement 
for them to redouble their efforts. Or is it, as I see it, an admission 
that the birds, far from being a problem are already in trouble and 
the hunters are only an irritation than the real threat.

Anyway do these favoured few present any real problems or are 
they like everything else covered in feather or fur on this planet 
suffering from enough harassment and improvement as it is.
Ron Hughes
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