2017 Duck Season Arrangements

Duck season arrangements announced

The Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012 set out that the annual duck hunting season opens on the third Saturday in March and closes on the second Monday in June, each year.  The regulations also set the daily bag limits and hunting methods.  However, under the Wildlife Act 1975, the Minister can vary the hunting arrangements.

The Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford, has announced the arrangements for the 2017 duck season .  

For 2017, the season will be of normal length and bag limit, however, the hunting of Blue-winged Shoveler will not be permitted. 

2017 duck season arrangements

Season length (normal)

Season opens - Saturday, 18 March 2017
Season closes - Monday, 12 June 2017

Bag limits (normal)

Daily bag limit of 10 ducks per day, with no Blue-winged Shoveler permitted during the 2017 duck season.

Game Duck Species permitted to be taken (modified)

Seven of the eight species of game duck can be hunted during 2017. They are, Pacific Black Duck, Mountain Duck , Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Wood Duck and Hardhead.

Note that, Blue-winged Shoveler can not be hunted during the 2017 season due to their continued low numbers.

Male Blue-Winged Shoveller Female Blue Winged Shoveler

Male (left) and female (right) Blue-winged Shoveler

All other arrangements remain unchanged.  The Game Hunting Victoria App will be updated shortly to reflect the season modifications.

Hunters are reminded that only non-toxic shot can be used to hunt ducks anywhere in Victoria.  

Please return to the GMA website closer to the beginning of the season to see if wetlands have been closed to hunting.

Further information on having a successful season can be found here and hunters are reminded to hunt responsibly at all times.