Victorian Duck Hunting Season Announced

To: "'James O'Connor'" <>, <>
Subject: Victorian Duck Hunting Season Announced
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 17:09:11 +1030
They could save duck hunters an awful lot of money by just banning it
altogether !!

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 On Behalf Of James O'Connor
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 3:32 PM
Subject: Victorian Duck Hunting Season Announced

      Media release
                                  From the 
Minister for Environment and Climate Change

Wednesday, 4 February, 2009


The shortest, most restricted duck season ever 
will be declared for Victoria to ensure that duck 
numbers remain sustainable into the future.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin 
Jennings today said he had considered advice from 
the Department of Sustainability and Environment 
(DSE), which advised against a season and the 
Government's Hunting Advisory Committee, which 
had proposed a less restricted season.

Mr Jennings said a 49 day season would run from 
Saturday March 21 to Friday May 8.

The Minister will seek detailed advice from DSE 
regarding the implementation of restrictions 
which form part of his announcement today.

"Following a waterfowl count later this month, a 
number of key wetlands are likely to be closed 
because they will provide refuges for breeding. 
These and other restrictions form part of the 
safeguards against over-harvesting of duck numbers," Mr Jennings said."

To further ensure duck populations are not 
adversely affected, recreational shooters will be 
restricted to a maximum bag limit of five game 
ducks of which at least three must be Wood Duck, 
with a total ban on the taking of Blue Wing Shoveller, Pink Ear and Hard

In addition, duck hunters will be subject to a 
range of strong penalties up to $2685 for breaching any one of the

"Recent high rainfall events in Queensland and 
New South Wales had increased the likelihood of 
breeding events," Mr Jennings said.

"Aerial counting across the eastern states shows 
the Game Duck Index in 2008 has increased by more 
than 87 per cent from 2007 and the Wood Duck 
Index has increased by more than 84 per cent," Mr Jennings said.

"The specific bag limit for wood ducks is 
partially due to the fact that the species is 
subject to Authorities to Control Wildlife - 
permits available to landholders to protect crops and dams.

"Applications to the DSE from farmers to control 
wood ducks have increased significantly, almost 
doubling since 2005 and increasing by more than 
20 per cent compared to the previous year.

"These factors seem to indicate a growing numbers 
of wood ducks in Victoria. There will be an 
extensive survey of wetlands across the State at 
the end of this month to determine which sites 
are unsuitable for inclusion in the season.

"Many of our wetlands are already dry and will 
not be available for hunting. Other areas will be 
identified through the summer waterfowl count as 
not being appropriate sites because they contain 
significant numbers of fragile species or are breeding refuges.

"DSE will review refuge sites across the region 
closer to the commencement of the season to 
determine which areas should be closed.
"The timing of the review will ensure that the 
conditions of the chosen refuges are suitable for 
the protection of waterbirds. These changes are 
aimed at protecting waterfowl not only in 
Victoria, but across the whole of eastern Australia.

"Wood ducks feed on pasture and are therefore 
more likely to be found on farmland than in 
wetland systems and all duck hunters must ensure 
they seek the permission of land owners before entering private



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