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Lake Cooper closed to duck hunting

Lake Cooper closed to duck hunting

Lake Cooper, east of Elmore, has been closed to duck hunting due to significant numbers of Freckled ducks on the lake.

Game Management Authority Chief Executive Officer Greg Hyams said government officials would continue to monitor Lake Cooper and other closed wetlands throughout the season.

“These wetlands may be re-opened to hunting if circumstances change and the number of threatened birds reduces or they move to other locations,” Mr Hyams said.

Other wetlands closed to protect or provide refuge for significant numbers of threatened birds during the 2017 duck hunting season include: Koorangie State Game Reserve near Kerang, Lake Natimuk and Natimuk Creek Lake Reserve, Lake Muirhead State Game Reserve, Big Reedy Lagoon State Game Reserve and the western half of Tower Hill State Game Reserve. Motorboats have also been prohibited for duck hunting on Lake Linlithgow.

The duck season closes on Monday, 12 June. The bag limit is 10 birds per person per day and the hunting of Blue-winged Shoveler is prohibited in 2017 due to the continued low numbers of the species.

SSAA Victoria urges members to report any suspected illegal hunting activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or via the GMA website at www.gma.vic.gov.au