Duck season to draw to a close this weekend

By Alana Christensen

The Game Management Authority is reminding everyone to act safely, responsibly and legally as the 2019 duck season draws to a close this weekend.

Game Management Authority (GMA) chief executive officer Graeme Ford said everyone must observe all relevant laws and act responsibly for the remainder of the season.

The season closes on Sunday, May 19 with a bag limit of five game duck per day, while the hunting of the Blue-winged Shoveler is banned.

“Hunters are reminded they must be licensed, use non-toxic shot, adhere to bag limits, hunt only at those times of the day when hunting is allowed, immediately retrieve any ducks they shoot and ensure they harvest at least the breast meat," Mr Ford said.

“Also, people who oppose duck hunting and are involved in protest activity must also do so safely and legally. Public safety laws are in place to protect the broader community, hunters, authorised officers and protestors themselves.

“There are significant penalties for anyone caught acting illegally or breaking hunting and public safety laws.”

A number of wetlands across the state are closed or further regulated to protect threatened birds. Full details of wetland closures or restrictions can be found on the GMA website.

“As always, hunters should be on the lookout for protected species and clearly identify their target before shooting. If you are not sure, don't shoot,” Mr Ford said.

GMA game officers, Victoria Police and other authorised officers from DELWP, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and Parks Victoria will remain active throughout private and public land across the state for the remainder of the season to ensure people act in a safe and responsible manner.

The authorities are urging hunters and the general public to report any illegal activity to the GMA through its website or the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or Victoria Police.