The Queen’s Birthday public holiday will mark the end of the 2017 duck hunting season. Hunters have received some good news, with two areas previously closed reopening for the final weekend.
Lake Muirhead State Game Reserve, near Willaura east of the Grampians, and Big Reedy Lagoon State Game Reserve, west of Yarrawonga, are both now set to re-open for the last few days of the 2017 duck hunting season.
The two reserves were previously closed to hunting from the start of the 2017 duck hunting season due to significant numbers of threatened species, such as Brolga and Great Egret.
Game Management Authority (GMA) and other partner agencies have monitored the areas and noted a steady decline in the number of threatened birds. Hunting will resume at these reserves half an hour before sunrise on Friday, June 9 until the season closes at half an hour after sunset on Monday, June 12.
Lake Cooper, east of Elmore; Koorangie State Game Reserve, near Kerang; Lake Natimuk and Natimuk Creek Lake Reserve, Natimuk; and the western half of Tower Hill State Game Reserve will still remain closed due to the presence of significant numbers of threatened species. Motor boats have also been prohibited for duck hunting on Lake Linlithgow.
GMA Game Officers, Victoria Police and other authorised officers from DELWP, DEDJTR and Parks Victoria will remain active throughout private and public land across the state until the season concludes.
Hunters must be licensed, use non-toxic shot, adhere to bag limits and hunting times, respect private property and use firearms safely. Also, Blue-winged Shoveler cannot be hunted this season.
SSAA members are encouraged to report any suspected illegal hunting activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or via the GMA website at www.gma.vic.gov.au