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Duck Hunter Education Course (101)


This one-day practical course is designed to help you understand the most relevant hunting equipment, improve your shooting skills and provide proven hunting strategies and techniques.

You’ll receive practical instruction and tuition from leading Industry representatives, including hands-on target shooting to practice your skills and become a better gamebird hunter.

Location: SSAA Eagle Park Shooting Range, Little River

Date: Saturday 23rd March 2024

Bookings: An Introduction to Victorian Gamebird Hunting Registration, Sat 23/03/2024 at 9:00 am | Eventbrite

Places are limited, so book now to secure your spot now!

The Introduction to Victorian Gamebird hunting course is part of the Shotgunning Education Program and is delivered by the Sporting Shooters Association Australia (Victoria) and supported by the Game Management Authority (GMA).

Training Modules

Module 1 – An introduction to Game Bird Hunting (What, When, Where & How)

What to hunt

  • Game bird species
  • Daily Bag limits
  • Bag limit modifications

When to hunt

  • Duck Hunting Season
  • Quail Hunting Season
  • Season modifications

Where to hunt

  • Where hunting is permitted
  • Where hunting is not permitted
  • Hunting on creeks, rivers and open water
  • Sources of hunting location information

How to hunt

  • Firearms
  • Ammunition
  • Possession and use of game birds

Module 2 – Hunting techniques and gear (presented by GMA)

  • Duck Hunting Techniques
  • Quail Hunting Techniques
  • Hunting with dogs
  • Decoys and callers
  • Camouflage and concealment
  • Firearms & Ammunition
  • Taking the shot
  • Wounding
  • Dispatching downed birds

Module 3 – Pattern Testing (presented by SSAA Victoria)

  • Non-Toxic Shot Lethality Table
  • Pattern testing demonstration
  • Issues
  • Solutions

Module 4 – Shooting Skills (presented by SSAA Victoria)

  • Gun mount
  • Stance
  • Lead

Module 5 – Shooting skills – Practice properly

  • L-R crossing target
  • R-L crossing target
  • Incoming target

What’s Included?

  • Clay Targets
  • Steel Shot Target Ammunition (typically you can expect to shoot appox. 50 rounds)
  • Expert Instruction and Coaching from qualified Shotgunning Education Program Trainers
  • Shotgunning Education Handbook – Be a Better Game Bird Hunter
  • A great time with like-minded people!!!

What To Bring

All trainers and trainees must bring the following.:

  • Current Firearms License
  • Safety Gear including – Ear and Eye protection, Sunscreen
  • Typical shotgun used for hunting ducks with non-toxic shot. This excludes Damascus twist barrelled shotguns and muzzle-loading shotguns. All firearms must be legally registered and in good working order. All firearms must have carrying slings removed.
  • All firearm maintenance equipment, including choke tubes and spanner.
  • Hunting/Target shooting jacket, ammunition/game bag or cartridge belt.
  • Suitable clothing and footwear for all weather conditions.
  • Receipt of course payment and ticket.
  • As this event will not be catered, all participants must bring all of their own food and drink. Bruno’s Café will be open from 9am – 5pm.