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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 40,000 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
Practical Firearms Training Courses Are Not Running At Present
SSAA Victoria has received a lot of questions as to when the Practical Firearms Training Program (PFTP) will recommence. The simple answer is that we do not know.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions placed on the number of people allowed in a confined space, we cannot run the complete course in Melbourne or regional areas.
- Can you book a private course? No. We are not running any courses at present.
- Can I do the course in a regional area? No. We cannot run the theory and practical parts of the course at present.
- Can I do an online course? No. We are not running any online courses at present
- Can I leave a deposit to get on an early course? No. We are not taking deposits.
- Can you tell me when the courses are starting? No. We do not know when restrictions will change.
- Can you take my name so I can get an early spot? No. When course dates are eventually announced, that is when you can choose which dates are most convenient for you.
- Can you call me when the course starts again? No. Due to the high level of interest, we will only announce course dates via our social media pages, SSAA Victoria website and through the SSAA Victoria newsletter.
We appreciate your patience.
A Positive Step For Duck Hunters - Waterfowl Monitoring Boost
The GMA has announced that it will shortly commence a survey of game duck abundance in Victoria. This survey will be conducted through helicopter counts of 500-600 wetlands (including farm dams, sewage ponds, and wetlands) randomly selected through a survey design prepared by the Arthur Rylah Institute.
This is a pilot program which will be used to assess the survey design and methodology. This is an important step as the abundance survey will become a key input into an Adaptive Harvest Model. To be clear, this is a pilot survey to test the sampling methodology for an abundance survey that will form part of the inputs into an Adaptive Harvest Model; it is not the introduction of an Adaptive Harvest Model for the 2021 duck season.
SSAA Victoria is extremely pleased to see the commencement of a waterfowl monitoring program that will provide a much more scientifically robust and accurate estimate of Victoria’s duck numbers.
The organisation has long held the view that game management decisions should be based on science and fact – not supposition and ideology. Responsible hunters have always provided in- principal support to a science-based approach to game management. Like most things, however, the devil is in the detail and concerns were raised back in 2017 with how the proposed model was going to be implemented.
At the time, one of the Association’s biggest concerns was around the data that was to be used in the modelling. The data going into the model must be accurate and adequate, so the results coming out are valid.
The Association is pleased to see that particular concern has been addressed and that the government, through GMA and ARI, are investing significant funds into a major monitoring program in the lead-up to the 2021 season.
Another concern has been the transitional arrangements that will be put in place to determine season lengths and bag limits while the model adapts and improves over the initial years. The Association considers that there is still significant work to be done in that area and will be meeting with GMA and ARI staff in coming weeks to raise that issue.
The link below will take you to the
|Design of a Monitoring Program for Game Ducks in Victoria
Further details about the monitoring and the WCHM will be provided soon. More information about Adaptive Harvest and the Waterfowl Conservation Model can be found from the 2017 information provided below.
Victorian Shooter Edition 2 Out Now
SSAA Victoria has released the second edition of Victorian Shooter.
You can read the magazine by clicking on this link
National Feral Cat Management Survey
Researchers from RMIT University are looking for volunteers to participate in a survey that asks questions about feral cat management in Australia. The information collected will help to generate a better understanding of feral cat management across the nation, including how to make improvements.
The online survey should take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete and will consist primarily of short, multiple-choice questions about feral cats and efforts taken to manage them. Participation is voluntary and, if you choose to participate, you will remain completely anonymous.
If you would like to participate in this survey and help with this research, please visit the following link below.