Game duck videos
A new education video for duck hunters called Duck WISE (Waterfowl Identification, Safety, Effective and Efficient Hunting) has been developed . The video will help all duck hunters to accurately identify game and non-game species and will reduce the risk of the wrong birds being taken in the field.
The regulations governing hunting may vary from state to state so you should know the laws of the state or territory in which you are hunting and ensure that you take only those ducks which are legal game.
In normal years, eight species of native duck may be hunted in Victoria. If a duck season is modified, some game species may not be permitted for hunting. Check the current seasonal arrangements for full details.
These species are:
The Black Duck is a major game species which is common and widely distributed throughout Australia.
The blue-winged Shoveler prefers permanent, well-vegetated wetlands with areas of open water. Habitat may be freshwater or saline.
Most common in brackish coastal lagoons, saltwater estuaries and the lower reaches of creeks around the coast, the Chestnut Teal is distributed in south-eastern and south-western Australia.
A major game species, the Grey Teal is common and widely distributed throughout Australia.
The Hardhead is widely distributed throughout Australia, however, the stronghold of the species is in the deeper, permanent freshwater swamps and lagoons of the Murray-Darling Basin and south-east South Australia.
Mountain Duck are distributed throughout south-eastern and south-western Australia and inhabit lowland wetlands, both freshwater and saline, which are near pastures or arable land.
The Pink-eared Duck is widely distributed throughout inland south-eastern Australia and south-western Australia, however, vagrants occur elsewhere.
The Wood Duck is widely distributed and is common throughout Australia. However, it is rare and considered to be a vagrant in tropical Australia.