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Game bird hunting in Australia
May 18th, 2018 at 12:40pm
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Hi guys I'm moving over the ditch to Victoria and was after any info on game birds or experiences that any of you have had over there. Moving to a farm that has a couple of wetland areas so keen to have a go next season.
  
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Re: Game bird hunting in Australia
Reply #1 - May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00pm
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Get in contact with the Department of Primary Industry and they can point you in the right direction.
Good luck with the move but keep in mind duck shooting here is only a few hours flight for you.
  
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Re: Game bird hunting in Australia
Reply #2 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 6:25pm
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It depends very much where you are going to be in Victoria what the duck hunting opportunities will be. There is a season that runs most years from mid-March to mid-June, usually with a daily bag limit of ten birds. In drought years the season might be cancelled or shortened and the bag limit reduced.

There are public wetlands scattered around the state and of course rivers, creeks, farm dams (millions of the last) and wetlands on private property.

Game species are black ducks (your greys), grey teal, chestnut teal, mountain ducks, wood ducks, hardheads, pink ears and shovellers. Other species are protected. There are no mallards and swans are protected.

Stubble quail also have a season in autumn and are really only hunted on private property - stubble paddocks, grass paddocks, lucerne crops etc. Other native quail species are protected. Numbers are down compared to the old days because of broad-scale agriculture, heavy herbicide and insecticide use and minimal headlands being left.

A firearms licence and game bird licence are required from the police and Game Management Authority respectively.

If you are serious, join the Field & Game Association to get access to their many clay target ranges around the state and to get an introduction to the scene.

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Re: Game bird hunting in Australia
Reply #3 - Jun 5th, 2018 at 2:31pm
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Thanks for the info. We are moving to a farm half an hour from Mt Gambier the farm boundary is the border with south Australia. There are plenty of wetlands on the place so should be good.
  
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