Three hunting seasons were under way on the weekend, with the stubble quail, hog deer and hound hunting for sambar deer seasons all open for experienced game hunters.
Game Management Authority chief executive officer Greg Hyams said hunters needed to be responsible.
‘‘It is every hunter’s responsibility to ensure they know and follow the rules and regulations regarding each season,’’ Mr Hyams said.
‘‘Stubble quail are mostly hunted on private property with permission from the landowner or manager and on 16 state game reserves that are also open to hunting,’’ Mr Hyams said.
The daily bag limit is 20 birds per person, with the season closing on June 30.
Mr Hyams said hog deer hunters must ensure they obtained a pair of hog deer tags before they went hunting and only take one female and one male deer per person.
He said the hound hunting season also began in eastern Victoria at the weekend and would run until the Thursday prior to Easter when it would close for a week and then resume until November 30.
‘‘Hunters must respect land boundaries, only hunt in legal areas, ensure they do not hunt on or across roads, ensure their hounds are the correct breed and are registered and make sure they cover up any harvested animals during transport.’’
■For more information and hunting locations, visit www.gma.vic.gov.au