Duck hunting in Victoria
Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:33:55 +1100
>From this morning's news:
The Press release reads in part:
**start of quote**
?After consulting the latest scientific data on waterfowl numbers, and
receiving advice from the Department of Sustainability and Environment
and the Hunting Advisory Committee, the Government has decided to
approve a restricted season of 72 days which is two weeks shorter than the
?The most recent index of population data collected across eastern
Australia indicates game duck numbers have increased since this year?s
?And on balance I am convinced that hunting will not adversely affect
populations of ducks at the levels allowed for the 2010 season.?
Mr Holding said that as well as the restricted season which will run
from 20 March to 30 May 2010, the Government had decided to free-up limits
on the number of ducks per bag.
This season hunters will be allowed five game ducks per bag (with
a maximum of one Australasian Shoveler), plus an additional three
Wood Ducks. This is significantly below the traditional 10 bag limit
but an increase of three above last season?s limit. "
**end of quote**
The RSPCA have protested, as have Laurie Levy because of the poor welfare
outcomes associated with shooting of wild animals.
I don't know what wood ducks have ever done to Tim Holding (a/Minister),
I've always thought they were comparatively harmless little birds, as geese
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