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.
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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