Hunters are being reminded to act safely, responsibly and legally as the 2018 duck hunting season draws to a close this weekend.
Game Management Authority (GMA) chief executive officer Greg Hyams said all hunters must be licensed, use non-toxic shot, adhere to bag limits, abide by the new regulations regarding bird retrieval and meat salvage and hunt only at those the times of the day when hunting is allowed.
“Anyone caught doing the wrong thing risks receiving significant penalties, including fines of up to $38 000, jail terms, cancellation of Game and Firearm licenses, and seizure of firearms and hunting equipment," he said.
Hr Hyams also reminded protestors to ensure they act in a safe and responsible manner.
“While those who oppose duck hunting have a right to protest, they must do so safely and legally. There are significant penalties should protestors unlawfully enter in, or remain on a specified hunting area, or interfere with or harass hunters,” he said.
Victoria’s 2018 duck season closes on Monday, 11 June. The bag limit remains at the standard 10 birds per person per day and hunting of the Blue-winged Shoveler is prohibited due to persistent low numbers of the species.
Hunters and the general public are urged to report any illegal hunting or persons flouting the public safety laws to the GMA through its website: www.gma.vic.gov.au or the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or Victoria Police.