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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

SSAA Vic opposes 9am Duck Season start time

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, Victoria, strongly disagrees with the today’s decision to delay the 2018 duck season starting time to 9am. Game Management Authority chairman Brian Hine today announced the decision to commence Duck Season on March 17 with the new time, which is nearly two hours later than last year’s 7.10am opening time. Hunting Development Manager for SSAA Victoria, David Laird, said the move would lead to more conflict between hunters and protestors. “There will be hunters frustrated by the delayed start who will then be confronted by protestors who will be allowed into the wetland areas during hunting activity,” he said. “This is not a good mix and will put the Game Management Authority and local law enforcement under more pressure to deal with the arising conflict.” Under the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012, unauthorised people such as protestors are prohibited from entering wetland areas until 10am during duck season. Mr Laird said under the former start time most hunters would be finishing up before that time, therefore reducing the interaction between them and protestors. “With a 9am start, hunters would still be active at 10am when protestors would be legally allowed to enter the wetland areas. “In the past protestors have acted in an irresponsible manner during hunting activity, and put themselves at risk of injury or worse,” he said. “Hunting is an inherently safe activity carried out on public land in Victoria every day of the year without incident,” he said. “However, protestors deliberately placing themselves in front of people legally discharging firearms, as they have in the past is highly irresponsible and obviously dangerous.” Mr Laird said SSAA Victoria raised this issue with the Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford during meetings prior to the decision and strongly advised against the new start time. He said he understood the rationale behind the Minister’s decision after reports last year of unethical hunters leaving ducks on the water and ignoring the official start time. “Aside from the new start time, we agree in principal with some of the new requirements, such as retrieving game ducks and utilising the meat,” he said. “This is in line with the SSAA’s code of ethics and the SSAA insists its members hunt responsibly, legally and ethically.”

New rules for 2018 Duck Season

The official Game Management Authority media release explaining the new rules for Duck Season 2018. The Game Management Authority (GMA) has outlined the arrangements for the 2018 duck season, including changes made by the Government to hunting regulations. The 2018 season will commence on Saturday 17 March, and will last 12 weeks, closing on Monday 11 June. The bag limit will remain at the standard 10 birds per person per day. However, like last year, the hunting of the Blue-winged Shoveler will be prohibited due to persistent low numbers of the species. The settings for the 2018 duck season are based on analysis of habitat and waterbird surveys conducted across eastern Australia and other data relating to game duck abundance, habitat distribution and climate. GMA Chairperson Brian Hine said GMA staff had worked tirelessly throughout 2017 in consultation with hunting, animal welfare and conservation stakeholders, departments and the government to strengthen duck hunting regulation in Victoria. “The greatest challenge to regulating duck hunting occurs on the opening weekend of the season. Last year’s opening weekend saw some hunters engage in entirely unacceptable behaviour including early shooting, shooting protected species and failing to retrieve shot birds. As a result, changes are being made ahead of the 2018 duck season”, Mr Hine said. “As Victoria’s hunting regulator, GMA’s key objective is to promote sustainability and responsibility in game hunting in Victoria. The behaviour of some hunters on the opening weekend of the 2017 season was neither responsible nor sustainable.” “A key change for the 2018 opening weekend is that hunting will commence at 9.00 am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday across the whole state as part of a trial of opening the season during daylight hours.” For the rest of the season, hunting times will revert to the standard period of half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. Mr Hine said new regulations will also be introduced to formalise what is already standard practice for the majority of responsible hunters. “Hunters will now be required to retrieve all game ducks that they shoot and will be required to at least salvage the breast meat from a duck to ensure that harvested game is not wasted.” In February, the GMA will also raise the minimum pass mark for the Waterfowl Identification Test from 75% to 85%. Hunters applying for a duck hunting Game Licence will need to meet this higher score in order to obtain their licence. Mr Hine complemented all stakeholders for their valued contribution to the comprehensive reviews conducted after the 2017 duck season and acknowledged the government’s support for the strengthened regulations. The GMA and partner compliance agencies, including Victoria Police, DELWP, DEDJTR, and Parks Victoria, will be out in force in 2018 to ensure compliance with hunting and public safety laws. The GMA will continue to monitor conditions in the lead up to and during the season. Where warranted, wetlands can be closed to hunting to protect significant concentrations of threatened waterbirds. Details of the 2018 duck season, including fact sheets and information about any wetland closures throughout the season, will be available on the GMA website in due course. Hunters and the general public are urged to report any illegal hunting to the GMA through its website or the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or Victoria Police.

Duck Hunters meeting to form sub-club

Enthusiastic SSAA Victoria members are hoping to create a new Duck Hunters Club at an inaugural meeting to be held at the Springvale Range Hall on January 24. Duck hunters are encouraged to attend the meeting where it’s hoped an SSAA sub-club will be formed in time for official endorsement at the SSAA Vic board meeting the following evening. Organisers said the sub-club would provide duck hunting training and education to members by sharing knowledge on how to hunt different types of wetlands, how to use duck calls and decoys, layout blinds, WIT tests, etc. It would also provide duck hunting opportunities through club camps for members as well as social events and activities. The State Hunting Development Manager, David Laird, will chair the meeting to facilitate the process and help work through the administrative details. “It’s great that these members have recognised the potential for a new sub-club within the association,” he said. “We’ll be helping them get established and encourage duck hunting members to come along. "I am particularly supportive of the club providing hunting opportunities to members through organised club hunts. This is an excellent way for less experienced hunters to be mentored by some of our more experienced members. Mr Laird said that if sufficient interest and support is shown at the meeting the members present can resolve to form the club. The club will then need to adopt a set of rules and elect a committee. “If and when that occurs, the club can then apply for formal endorsement by the board to become an official sub-club of the Association.” Click the links below for details regarding the meeting and the Draft Rules of the club. Draft rules and membership application form Duck Hunters Club notice of meeting

Duck Season announcement imminent

Victorian duck hunters are expected to learn the official starting date, time and bag limit for the 2018 duck season by the end of this week. SSAA Victoria's Hunting Development Manager David Laird said he is expecting to see a full season with a 10-bird-per-day bag limit announced by Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford. "There are no compelling reasons for this not to occur. This position was outlined in the submission the Sporting Shooters of Australia Association Victoria put to government recently," he said. South Australia has already announced a full season for 2018, running from February 17 through to June 24. Hunters are able to take 12 ducks per day, up from 10 last year. "This increase has recognised the good environmental conditions and strong duck numbers in South Australia," Mr Laird said. Tasmania has also announced its 2018 season, with a standard 10-bird-per-day limit and a season running from March 10 through to June 11. Mr Laird also called on the State Government to adequately resource GMA to ensure it can effectively enforce legislation. "SSAA Victoria reminds its members of the importance of always hunting in a responsible, legal and ethical manner," he said. "But legitimate hunters are becoming increasingly frustrated that those individuals who chose to break the law are not being held to account. "Only through properly resourcing law enforcement agencies can we hope to see this change."
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