Duck hunting in Victoria

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Duck hunting in Victoria
From: "storm" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:33:55 +1100
Hi Birders

>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
normal season.

?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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