Duck hunting in Victoria

To: storm <>
Subject: Duck hunting in Victoria
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:40:57 +1100
Both BOCA and BA made strong representations to the Government on this
issue, but alas it seems the current Government pays little heed to such

The Age (
reckons it is because of "thanks largely to a rise in bird numbers at a
single location in South Australia".

It is of course typical that such an announcement sneaks out at this time of
year when many organisations that might be expected to protest are closed
down or with only a skeleton staff.


2009/12/31 storm <>

> Hi Birders
> >From this morning's news:
> 3/$File/2010+Duck+Season+Media+Release+-+Dec09.pdf<$File/2010+Duck+Season+Media+Release+-+Dec09.pdf>
> 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
> season.
> “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
> go.
> storm
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