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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

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 caitlin.pearson@ssaavic.com.au by Friday, February 10. All members who volunteer at the Melbourne SHOT Expo will go in the draw to win a major prize.

New CPM accreditation course launched

SSAA Victoria has been given the green light to proceed with its new Conservation and Pest Management accreditation course. Over the past three years the CPM program has been totally reviewed and revamped, with this new accreditation course being a major component of that project. The previous CPM accreditation course was developed over a decade ago and was well overdue for a revision. The revised course was passed on to Parks Victoria in mid-2016 for approval and has since been adopted. The new course incorporates a GPS navigation module, along with risk management, shooting techniques, shot placement and a practical shooting component. As part of the roll-out of the new course, SSAA Victoria will be holding a trial accreditation in Mildura on Saturday, January 21. Following the trial future accreditation courses will be run only when there are available positions on particular programs. This will ensure those who are CPM-accredited have the chance to attend programs.

Bowhunters called to stay in target

NSW Department of Primary Industries has launched a new ethical hunting campaign for bowhunters. Developed in conjunction with NSW Police and the state’s Game Licensing Unit, the “Stay on target – be an ethical bowhunter” campaign defines four principles of ethical bowhunting. The principles are: 1. Learn and practice bowhunting techniques and know the limitations of your equipment and your personal skill level; 2. Learn and follow the regulations around hunting in NSW; 3. Only hunt on lands where you have permission; and, 4. Do not target native wildlife. The campaign, launched in December, consists of educational booklets, posters, stickers and hunting apparel, all encouraging people to adhere to the above principles. The marketing material contains information about licensing requirements, areas where people can legally hunt, consequences for breaking the law and where to obtain further information. The campaign calls for all bowhunters to join NSW DPI-approved hunting organisations that provide information, training, mentoring and advice to new, novice and experienced bowhunters. Many of these clubs regularly host hunting trips, which could be a great way to spend time with like-minded people. Bowhunters will need to obtain a NSW Game Hunting Licence if they want to hunt deer species on private land (G-licence or R-licence required). They will also require the licence when hunting on public land declared open for hunting (R-licence required). Anyone caught illegally bowhunting in NSW could be hit with an on-the-spot fine, seizure and forfeiture of hunting equipment, seizure and forfeiture of motor vehicles, suspension or cancellations of hunting licences and court action. For more information visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hunting

Duck season 2017 announced

The Victorian Government has announced a full-length duck hunting season with a bag limit of 10 birds per day. On Tuesday, January 3 Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford confirmed the season would open on Saturday, March 18 and run until Monday, June 12, as per the Wildlife Regulations 2012. Game Management Authority research concluded that last winter’s rainfall resulted in a significant increase in waterbird breeding and extensive and widespread habitat availability. The conditions have allowed game ducks to breed for a second time and disperse widely across the landscape. “Duck season is a customary trip away for many families and is an important economic contributor to the rural economy, bringing 26,000 licensed duck hunters to small towns and regional centres across the state,” Minister Pulford said. “Environmental conditions, waterfowl habitat availability, duck population distribution and abundance are reviewed each year to ensure hunting continues to be a sustainable recreation for future generations.” In its submission to the Game Management Authority, SSAA Victoria urged the Victorian Government to refrain from modifying bag limits, season dates or timings because “current and predicted environmental conditions for 2016-17 mitigate against the use of such powers”. The submission highlighted the comparatively high rainfall recorded last year and questioned the validity of the Kingsford et al survey. “While the Kingsford et al survey indicates that a reduction in birds has been detected, in actuality there is such an abundance of water that bird populations have migrated to areas not covered by the survey,” the submission said. “Overall, though the index of waterbird abundance continues to show a decrease in bird numbers while the wetland area index has recovered, the reality is likely to be that the aerial survey has simply failed to detect birds in abundance, in non-flight path areas.” While the bag limit and length of the season are welcome news, the hunting of the Blue-Winged Shoveler will be prohibited this season due to supposed low numbers of the species. Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party Member for the Northern Victoria Region Daniel Young said the decision to ban hunting of Blue-Winged Shovelers fell short of hunters’ expectations. “Duck hunters are bitterly disappointed the Victorian Government has decided to restrict the hunting of Blue-Winged Shovelers without cause or reason,” he said. For several years SSAA Victoria and its partner organisations have called for the Victorian Government to undertake more extensive research into wild duck populations and habitats. The recent launch of the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan commits to funding for a new Waterfowl Conservation Harvest Model, which should lead to more accurate studies ahead of the next duck hunting season.
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