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Australian Shooters on the way

The first edition of the Australian Shooter magazine for 2017 is on its way to members. Unfortunately there was a delay in posting the February edition, however SSAA National has assured the State Office that they will have left the mailing house by next week. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or confusion caused by this delay. We anticipate that all members will have received their magazine within the next week or two. In the meantime you can view the digital version here.

Game changer hunting manual released

SSAA Victoria has applauded the Victorian Government for working with the shooting sector to develop the state’s most comprehensive game hunting manual. The new manual – Game Hunting in Victoria: A manual for responsible and sustainable hunting – will be mailed to all Victorian Game Licence-holders in the coming weeks. Last year Game Management Authority (GMA) established a working group to provide advice and direction on the development of the new resource, which will replace the Victorian Hunting Guide. “Sporting shooters too often find they are locked out of important discussions with regulators and authorities, but this is a prime example of the right way to go about things,” SSAA Victoria Chief Executive Officer Jack Wegman said. “The shooting sector was consulted throughout the development of this manual and the end result is a comprehensive resource for new and experienced hunters. I will be encouraging anyone interested in trying hunting to pick up a copy of the manual and read it thoroughly before going for a hunt. I hope other SSAA Victoria members do the same.” GMA Chairman Brian Hine said the new manual was an important milestone that demonstrated the State Government’s commitment to responsible hunting in Victoria. “The new manual was developed … to assist game hunters in acting safely, sustainably, humanely and legally,” he said. “Delivered as part of the Victorian Government's Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016-2020, the new comprehensive manual outlines the current laws, firearms safety, hunting methods and equipment, ethics, survival skills and provides improved education and training for game hunters.” Hunters are reminded to keep their personal copy of the new manual in a safe place as it will not be mailed out annually. To view the electronic version click here. Hard copies of the manual will also be available from some Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources; and GMA offices.

Ready, set ... hunt!

Monday, February 6 will mark the first day of balloted Hog deer hunting on Snake Island. Seven hunting periods have been established between February and May this year, with eight hunters kicking off the first five days of hunting. SSAA Victoria Chief Executive Officer Jack Wegman said the first day of balloted hunting was significant for all sporting shooters. "We are seeing an increasing acceptance of hunting and its conservation benefits among Parks Victoria and other conservation groups," he said. "Today marks just one example of that growing appreciation of responsible hunters. I trust that the successful implementation of this trial will lead to increased access for hunters across Victoria.” Each of the seven hunts have been scheduled during weekdays to prevent hunting during high-use times on weekends and public holidays. The hunts begin on Mondays at 8am and continue during day-time hours until Fridays at noon. To prepare for the trial, Australian Deer Association (ADA) conducted a hunter education weekend at Port Welshpool on January 21 and 22 for all hunters who were selected. “Hunters will be well-briefed on their responsibilities and obligations, with a particular emphasis on safety,” GMA Director Simon Toop said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the selected hunters to enjoy free-range Hog deer hunting. They will want to make the most of the experience and do the right thing." There are estimated to be about 500 Hog deer on Snake Island.

R-licence volunteers wanted for SHOT Expo

SSAA Victoria is looking for volunteers to join the R-licence testing team at the Melbourne SHOT Expo from Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 21. The State Office is looking for 30 members to commit to running the R-licence stand at the show by administering and scoring the test, processing payments and supporting the applicants. Each person will be required to commit to one four-hour shift (9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm) on one day of the event as a minimum. In return they will be provided free entry to the event, on-site parking and a meal for the day/s they work. Members who hold a current Victorian Firearm Licence, a NSW R-licence and a current Victorian Working with Children Check are welcome to apply for the positions. SSAA Victoria will facilitate the Hunter LEAP trainer application for each member. To apply, email your membership number and proof of your Victorian Firearm Licence, NSW R-licence and Victorian Working with Children Check to by Friday, February 10. All members who volunteer at the Melbourne SHOT Expo will go in the draw to win a major prize.
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