THE Victorian duck hunting season opened on the weekend and will run for a shorter period than in previous years.
This year’s season closes on Sunday, May 19.
The season opened on the weekend with a single start time across the whole of Victoria — 9am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday.
For the rest of the season, hunting times will be the standard 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
Goulburn-Murray Water said hunting was permitted at Cairn Curran Reservoir, Hume Reservoir, Tullaroop Reservoir, Lake Eppalock, Laanecoorie Reservoir, Greens Lake, Lake Eildon, Lake Buffalo, Waranga Basin, Lake Charm, Kangaroo Lake, Racecourse Lake, Lake Nillahcootie, Lake Nagambie and Goulburn Weir.
G-MW dams operations manager Scott Wikman said maps were available on the website gmwater.com.au/duckhunting
‘‘Areas where shooting is prohibited have also been expanded at Lake Nagambie for the 2019 season, so it is important prospective hunters check this information on the G-MW website,’’ he said.
Mr Wikman also reminded duck hunters:
■ Private property can adjoin G-MW land, waterways and storages, so hunters needed to seek the consent of landholders to hunt or pass through their private property;
■ Duck hunting is not allowed along the G-MW channel network at any time.
The Game Management Authority has issued modified bag limits of five game duck per day bag limit for the rest of the season.
Seven of the eight species of game duck can be hunted this season.
The hunting of the blue-winged shoveler will be prohibited this season.
For more information, go to gma.vic.gov.au