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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 Victoria is pleased to announce that its Springvale, Eagle Park and regional ranges are reopening.
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Due to COVID-19 measures we have had to implement the following conditions:
• The Eagle Park and Springvale ranges are open to members and non-members. Social distancing restrictions limit the number of shooters that can be on the ranges at any one time.
• Eagle Park range will be open from Saturday May 16 operating normal hours. 5-Stand will not be open until further notice.
• Springvale range will be open from Thursday May 14 operating normal hours.
• Shooters are advised not to bring spectators or companions.
• Regional ranges will also be reopening. Please contact your local branch for information about opening times.
Contact details can be found on the SSAA Victoria website.
More Restrictions Placed on Duck Hunting in 2020
Just when hunters received the good news that they can get out of the house to go hunting, the Victorian Game Management Authority has announced details of more restrictions to be placed on hunters for the 2020 duck season.
The season had already been considerably shortened and a restricted bag limit of three birds per day imposed on hunters. The shortened season commenced at 8am on May 2 and runs until half an hour after sunset on June 8. The opening weekend has been and gone, but hunters were not able to leave home to hunt.
Additional restrictions have now been placed on hunters for Wednesday May 13, Thursday May 14, Friday May 15, Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17 with an 8am start time imposed for each of those days. Four wetland closures or further restrictions have also been announced.
Follow the links below for more specific information provided by GMA.
SSAA Victoria can see no justification for the imposition of late start times for five days of the season. It has expressed its strong opposition to the decision and has sought to have the unnecessary impositions removed.
There has been no corresponding change to the 10am time when activists can enter wetlands. The Association would expect strong enforcement measures be put in place to ensure hunters are kept safe from activists and that activists comply with the required social distancing measures.
To lodge objections to these changes, contact the following people. Please remember to be respectful with any correspondence.
Minister for Environment, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister for Agriculture, The Hon. Jaclyn Symes e: email@example.com
Game Management Authority w: www.gma.vic.gov.au/about-us/contact-us
Gun and Ammunition Ban Lifted!
Victoria Police has declared it will remove the suspension of firearm-related transactions effective 11.59pm Tuesday May 12th 2020.
SSAA Victoria welcomes this decision. Throughout this entire process SSAA Victoria has been engaged in lengthy, proactive discussions with Victoria Police and senior ministerial staff.
While strongly disagreeing with the decision to implement the suspension, SSAA Victoria has always maintained that advocacy is the best way to approach this particular issue to guarantee it is removed. This approach was backed by expert legal advice SSAA Victoria received.
Licensed firearms dealers will be able to resume normal sales activities. LRD will begin processing PTAs. If you have any questions about the status of a PTA you have lodged we recommend you contact LRD directly.
More details will be made known as soon as they come to hand. You can contact LRD for any further clarification.
Duck Hunting Mapping Issues sorted
SSAA Victoria became aware of the DELWP web-based maps incorrectly showing several State Game Reserves as closed to duck hunting last week. Association representatives followed up the matter with DELWP and the maps should be amended within 24 hours to show the areas are open to hunting.
The areas in question are subject to an EPA warning about PFAS levels. Advice is also provided by the EPA about the consumption of duck meat from animals harvested in those locations. The warnings are available by following the link below. The relevant SGRs are Dowd and the Heart Morass, near Sale; McLeod Morass, near Bairnsdale; and Hospital Swamp, near Geelong.
Members are encouraged to follow EPA advice; however, the areas are open to hunting. The Association’s view is that the primary purpose of the maps is to accurately inform hunters where they can legally hunt in Victoria. Advice and/or warnings are a separate matter and need to be dealt with in another manner.
The Association is encouraged by the engagement by DELWP on the matter and congratulates the Department for its rapid rectification efforts.