Three wetlands will be closed and one partly closed to duck hunters as the season prepares to officially start on Saturday.
Big Reedy Lagoon State Game Reserve, north-west of Yarrawonga, will be closed to hunters for the duration of the season as a result of significant numbers of great egret.
Game Management Authority chief executive officer Grey Hyams said closing wetlands during duck season was a safeguard for threatened species.
‘‘Surveying bird numbers and closing wetlands where appropriate helps ensure that rare and threatened species are protected,’’ Mr Hyams said.
Kow Swamp near Gunbower and Reedy Lakes at Kerang will also be closed for the entire season to reinforce their status as wildlife sanctuaries.
The duck season begins on Saturday, March 18 and closes on Monday, June 12.
■Further information about wetland closures can be found at: www.gma.vic.gov.au