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SSAA Victoria News

Message for duck hunters: Bittern at Lake Cullen

A number of threatened Australasian Bittern have been observed at Lake Cullen State Game Reserve, west of Kerang, The Game Management Authority has informed SSAA and asked that we make any of our members who may hunt the area aware of the Bittern's presence. The GMA is also erecting temporary signage at the entrances to the wetland, have placed a notification on the Game Hunting Victoria phone app and will conduct on-site education to hunters when patrolling. GMA are not considering closing the wetland to hunters at this stage. Australasian Bittern tend to be a shy bird, usually hiding in thick reed beds. No duck hunter should ever mistake them for a duck. Members are simply being informed that they are in the area and to, as always, positively identify your target before shooting.

Springvale Pro-Shop shutting its doors

After 10 years at the helm, Heather and Brett are closing down the Springvale Pro-Shop on Wednesday, May 31. To thank SSAA members for their support throughout the years, the pair are offering massive savings during their final weeks in the business. “We would like to ask you to support us one last time this May and grab yourself a bargain at the same time,” Brett said. “Once again, we thank you all for your support and friendship over the years. We will keep our foot in the door and say hello from time to time.” The shop is situated to the left inside the main entrance of SSAA Springvale Range, 714-716 Prices Highway, Springvale. Visit the shop during the following hours:
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 5pm - 8pm
  • Wednesday 17th and 31st: 5pm - 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Brett and Heather will continue to sell Clenzoil privately after closing the shop.

SSAA hunting update

There is so much happening in the hunting space at the moment that SSAA Victoria thought it was important to update the membership. We are now half way through the 2017 duck hunting season, which closes on Monday, June 12. The Game Management Authority (GMA) has reported no problems with duck hunter behaviour since some isolated incidents of early shooting around the Kerang wetlands on opening weekend. Wetlands closed due to high numbers of protected species are being regularly checked. If and when protected species disperse from those locations, GMA will recommend they be re-opened to hunting. The hog deer balloted hunting trial on Snake Island has been progressing well. A number of animals have been taken, including some good stags. Both GMA and hunters involved in the trial have been really positive about its progress. Members of the Working Gundogs Association of Australia have been having a ball working their dogs in the field during the duck and quail seasons. Quail have not been around in large numbers but hunters have managed to bag enough for a feed and the dogs have been getting a good workout. A number of members are also preparing their dogs for the 2017 SSAA SHOT Expo in Melbourne on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. The gundogs are always a crowd favourite and well worth watching. All members are encouraged to share their hunting stories, successes or close encounters with the rest of the membership. Photos, reports or short stories should be sent to The hunting development team would also like to hear about any hunting issues that affect our members by calling the State Office on 03 8892 2777 or emailing the above address.

Meet Catherine Skinner at the Expo

Ticket-holders will have the opportunity to meet Olympic gold-medallist Catherine Skinner at the SSAA SHOT Expo this Saturday. The Macedon-born trap superstar will be joining fellow Olympian and skeet shooter Aislin Jones at the Beretta Australia stand inside the main exhibition hall of the Melbourne Showgrounds at around lunchtime on Saturday. The Beretta Australia stand will be star-studded again on Sunday at lunch time, with Olympic trap shooter Laetisha Scanlan locked in to attend. At the Winchester Australia/Perazzie stands on both Saturday and Sunday, will be Olympic skeet shooter Paul Adams. The only way to meet the Olympians at the Expo is to buy a ticket. Everyone who buys a ticket online before midnight on Friday, May 19, goes in the draw to win more than $12,000 worth of prizes. The online door prize winner will receive the Ultimate Hunter Package, provided by Swarovski and Winchester, valued at more than $12,000. The winner of the second prize will receive a Joker Facochero Knife Combo, by Joker Knife Store, valued at $470. The prize draws don’t stop when the event starts, with dozens of exhibitors running their own competitions across the two days. SSAA Victoria is running a new member prize draw for anyone who becomes a member of SSAA at the SSAA SHOT Expo. We are giving away a $750 Winchester prize pack, a $500 OSA prize pack and a $250 Spika prize pack to the first, second and third place-getters. Read the terms and conditions here. For more information about Expo competitions follow the SSAA SHOT Expo Facebook or check them out at the event. Buy your tickets online here.
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