Hunting rules ‘unclear’

By Country News

The minister responsible for overseeing duck hunting in Victoria has demonstrated an inept understanding about hunting regulations, according to State Member for Northern Victoria Daniel Young.

‘‘In an attempt to clarify guidelines for new regulations relating to the retrieval of ducks shot by hunters, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford failed to explain the very regulations she was talking about and admitted the advice from the Game Management Authority used to explain the regulations is unclear,’’ Mr Young said.

‘‘Furthermore, it became apparent the minister is simply hoping that hunting enforcement officers will exercise the same judgement she failed to exercise in making the regulations.’’

A member of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, and an avid duck hunter, Mr Young had sought clarification during Question Time in parliament to the guidelines recently released on the GMA website about the retrieval of downed ducks.

Mr Young had asked whether the new regulations prohibited the common practice of shooting a pair of birds, for those with double-barrel shotguns, before retrieval.

He also asked how enforcement officers would manage efforts by protesters to steal ducks downed by hunters, before they could get to the location where the duck hit the water.