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Leading Sports Shooting Body

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria) was incorporated as a public company on October 1, 1973. We exist to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners' interests.

With more than 36,000 members, SSAA Victoria is a leading body representing licensed firearm owners in Victoria. SSAA Victoria has more than a dozen branches and more than 30 sub-clubs and disciplines within the organisation.

SSAA Victoria News

Wild dog bounty announced today

The Victorian Government is today announcing the return of the wild dog bounty in an effort to curb the $18 million cost incurred by Australia’s livestock industry every year. In a media release issued overnight, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford revealed the establishment of a new Ministerial Advisory Committee on wild dog management and a bigger, better bounty from next year. “Farmers and landholders tell us time after time that foxes and wild dogs are a huge issue for them,” Ms Pulford said. “We’re supporting farmers across regional Victoria with a comprehensive suite of measures which, importantly, gives local communities a voice on how it should be managed.” The new Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee will be chaired by Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, and will have up to six additional members representing a cross-section of stakeholders. “The stress, stock loss and costs that wild dogs cause for producers in Gippsland, North East and North West Victoria is enormous,” Ms Shing said. “This Committee will build on what's already been done as part of an integrated approach to wild dog management.” In recognition of the role hunting can play in supporting the management of wild dogs, a bounty of $120 will be introduced. Collection of skins from within control zones in Northern Victoria and Gippsland will occur between March and October 2017, in addition to the $10 fox bounty. The wild dog control program also includes measures to protect dingoes – which assist with controlling foxes and feral cats – such as 3km buffer zones on public land. The Advisory Committee will evaluate the use of the bounty after 12 months, and evaluate buffer zones to ensure they continue to balance dingo protection and prevention of stock losses from dog attacks. The new measures follow an independent evaluation of Victoria’s wild dog management program, which also includes poison baiting, trapping, exclusion fencing, hunting and appropriate animal husbandry. Detailed information will be available on the Agriculture Victoria website.

Firearms review stuck in limbo

The Adler A110 lever-action shotgun in its seven-shot configuration remains banned from importation after State Police Ministers and members of The Law, Crime and Community Safety Subcommittee (LCCSC) failed to agree on recategorisation. The lever-action shotgun in its five-shot capacity remains available to licensed shooters. The SSAA has continuously warned against the recategorisation of any firearms when there is no evidence to support a benefit to community safety. Legislation and regulation based on hysterical emotion or fear mongering is bad governance. For the past 18 months, the SSAA and other firearms sports and industry groups have counselled, met with and provided written submissions to the Federal and state governments, with little evidence that they have progressed with any positive changes to firearms laws. For now, it appears the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) review is destined to remain in limbo and with that a lost opportunity to cut red tape for firearms owners and government departments. The SSAA also notes today’s release of the newly named body, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) report on Enhancing the national picture of illicit firearms. The main findings of the report include the fact that outlaw motorcycle gangs continue to traffic illicit firearms, that online trading of illegal firearms is growing and that there may well be many more than 250,000 illegal and unregistered longarms in Australia - something that we have been stating for many years. We support the intelligence and policing efforts into the illegal movement and use of firearms, as time and time again crimes involving firearms are committed by an unlicensed shooter with an unregistered firearm.

Deer harvest data released

The number of deer being harvested by Game Licence-holders in Victoria increased by 10,000 from 2014 to 2015, according to the ‘Estimates of harvest for deer in Victoria’. Game Management Authority today released data obtained through telephone surveys of Game Licence-holders licensed to hunt deer. The information collected included the amount of time spent hunting each year, the number of deer harvested, hunting methods and more. In 2014, each licence-holder hunted on approximately 6.7 days, with an average yearly harvest of 2.2 deer each. The results for the following year were similar, with the licence-holders hunting on 6.8 days and harvesting 2.4 deer each. Based on the total number of people endorsed to hunt deer, this corresponds to an estimated 62,165 deer harvested during the 2014 deer-hunting season in Victoria and 71,142 in 2015. The most commonly harvested species in 2014 and 2015 was Sambar, with an estimated total harvest of 51,390 and 55,094 respectively, followed by Fallow deer, with an estimated 7870 and 14,488 harvested respectively. The majority of those deer were found in the Goulburn Broken CMA region, followed by the East Gippsland CMA and the North East CMA regions. In 2014 the top five towns for the total reported number of deer harvested were (in descending order) Mansfield, Bairnsdale, Dargo, Benalla and Myrtleford. The top five towns for the total reported number of deer harvested the following year were Mansfield, Myrtleford, Dargo, Bairnsdale and Licola. For the full story on the harvest report, read the December edition of the Victorian Shooter magazine.

RSPCA removes anti-duck hunting campaign

The RSPCA has removed its ‘Stop the slaughter’ anti-duck hunting campaign from its website. The move comes after an independent review of RSPCA's inspectorate services urged the group to stop conducting activist campaigns against Victoria’s animal welfare laws. The review, led by Victoria Police’s former Chief Commissioner Neil Comrie, found there was a perceived conflict of interest regarding the charity, which is partly funded by the Victorian Government. The conflict of interest arose because the RSPCA, which was responsible for enforcing State prevention of cruelty to animals laws, also engaged in “activism against those same or related laws”. On Thursday, October 6, RSPCA Chief Executive Liz Walker accepted the recommendation that: “RSPCA Victoria, while continuing its legitimate advocacy role, discontinue its public activist campaigning against the existing laws of this State”. “We knew we needed to improve the effectiveness of our inspectorate," she said. "This was a key driver in commissioning the review. We are now very clear on what the current issues are and what we must do to resolve them." When RSPCA failed to remove its ‘Stop the slaughter’ campaign from the website later that week, Shooters and Fishers Party MP Daniel Young exposed the group. “While I welcome the recommendation and the stated response from the RSPCA, I now call for immediate action to put an end to this campaign against law-abiding duck hunters,” Mr Young said. An avid and long-time duck hunter, Mr Young said he had long-challenged the Victorian Government for allowing an agency that received State funding to vilify an activity that was legal in the State. “I raised questions as to why the Government supported the RSPCA when it prioritised other issues and campaigns above what should have been its main objective of preventing incidents where poor animal welfare existed,” he said. However, today the campaign has been removed from the website and it appears the RSPCA has returned to its roots. Under the ‘issues’ section of its website is just ‘cat welfare’ and ‘puppy factories’. In its ‘get involved’ section there is a link to ‘issues’ with a picture of a duck, however the link leads nowhere.
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