2013 duck, quail seasons


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Victorian hunters will enjoy another 12-week duck hunting season, complete with 10-bird daily bag limits as the duck popular continues to flourish.

Significantly, the state government reinforced its support for hunting when Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh last week announced the season, saying, “The Victorian Coalition Government encourages hunters to make the most of the opportunities to hunt, fish and enjoy these recreational activities, which form part of our heritage.”

“Game hunting generates around $100 million annually and supports jobs in hospitality and recreational supplies, such as vehicles, boats, fuel, firearms and ammunition, plus camping and hunting equipment,” he said.

The 12-week season is not as long as South Australia’s, though, which will open on 16 February and last until 30 June, with a daily limit of 12 ducks.

Meanwhile the Victorian quail season will open on 6 April and close on 30 June, with a 20-bird limit, and SA’s runs from 16 March to 28 July, with a daily bag of 25.

“Duck numbers are the highest they’ve been in decades and hunters can expect to have another successful season,” Field and Game Australia CEO Rod Drew said.

FGA completed a census of duck numbers in November.

“FGA was amazed at the extensive breeding and high numbers of ducks right across the state,” Mr Drew said.

“Over the past three years, we have seen a massive change in environmental conditions across eastern Australia. This has led to ideal habitat and excellent breeding conditions for all water birds and other wetland dependant species.”

All 43,000 holders of a Victorian game hunting licence will be sent an information booklet prior to the season commencing, and Game Victoria’s smartphone app will be updated for the 2013 season.

To inquire about getting a game licence, which is compulsory for gamebird hunting, see the Game Victoria website, where you’ll also find details about exact season opening times and the types of gamebirds you can legally hunt.

And remember, folks, duck season is only some of the time, but it’s always rabbit season…

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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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