Litter and waste

Victoria has many beautiful parks, forests and wetlands in which to hunt. In order to maintain the quality of the hunting experience and the habitats that support game and other wildlife, hunters should minimise their impacts on the environment by thoughtfully disposing of waste and litter.

A responsible hunter will always respect the environment in which they hunt.

Collect your empty cases

Pick up all spent shotgun shells and cartridge cases.  Shotgun shells are generally made of plastic and brass and if they are left in the wetland they will remain there as they don't break down.  If not properly disposed of, spent cartridge cases will have a negative impact on the wetland and its inhabitants.

Cleaning ducks

Feathers, offal and carcass remains left on the ground are unsightly for other campers and public land users. Once you have cleaned your duck (remembering the legal requirement to leave at least one fully feathered wing attached to the duck or duck breast), the remains should be buried in a site clear of vegetation and at least 50 metres away from water.

Deer remains

A responsible hunter will ensure that very little of the animal he is hunting is wasted.  Hunters should recover as much of the deer as possible and this may involve making multiple trips or calling for assistance to help carry out the deer.

The sight of a dead or dismembered deer or other deer remains can be quite confronting to children or other non-hunting members of the public. Deer remains should never be left at a campsite, in a waterway, on, or near, a track, road or someone's dwelling. Always dispose of deer remains thoughtfully, in some cases this may involve burial of waste.

Penalties

Authorised Officers are empowered to investigate and prosecute alleged littering offences on public land, including the improper disposal of animal remains.

People committing a littering offence under the Environment Protection Act 1970  can be liable to a maximum penalty of $5,904.