Closed or further regulated hunting areas

Prior to, or during the duck season, hunting areas can be further regulated or closed through a legal notice.

Further regulation or closure can occur for a number of reasons, including to protect rare and threatened species or to avoid disturbance to colonially breeding waterbirds.  

Further regulation can involve further restrictions on hunting times, equipment and hunting methods. If a closure is required instead, this can involve a partial closure of a hunting area or full closure.

Further regulated or closed wetlands are monitored throughout the duck season. If the reason for further regulation or closure no longer exists, the legal notice can be revoked. 

Wetland closures

Lake Linlithgow (near Hamilton): Closed to hunting due to a large number of Freckled Duck and Blue-billed Duck. Alternate nearby duck hunting areas include: Bullrush Swamp, Lake Kennedy and Bryan Swamp.

Koorangie State Game Reserve (near Kerang): Closed to hunting due to the large number of Freckled Duck and Blue-billed Duck. Alternate nearby duck hunting areas include: Lake Elizabeth, Racecourse Lake, Cullen's Lake and Lake Charm. 

Lake Lonsdale (near Stawell): Closed to hunting due to a large number of Freckled Duck. Alternate nearby duck hunting areas include: Lake Fyans, Lake Taylor and Pine Lake. 

Tower Hill State Game Reserve - West Lake (near Warrnambool): Will be partially closed to hunting due to a significant number of Blue-billed Duck. The western half of the lake will be closed to hunting but the eastern half will remain open.

 

Lake Muirhead State Game Reserve (near Wallaura): Closed to hunting due to a significant number of Brolga which are flocking prior to the breeding season. Alternate nearby duck hunting areas include: Lake Buninjon, Lake Bolac and Lake Turangmoroke.

The Spit Wildlife Reserve (near Werribee): Duck hunting will not be permitted in the waters adjacent to the Spit Wildlife Reserve and Western Treatment Plant to prevent disturbance to Orange-bellied Parrots, a critically endangered species. Hunting is already prohibited at the Spit Wildlife Reserve and Western Treatment Plant.

 

Brickworks Billabong - Merbein Common (near Mildura): Closed for the duration of the 2018 duck hunting season by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning due to ongoing land classification issues. 

 

Kow Swamp (East of Kerang): Closed to reinforce its status as a wildlife sanctuary where hunting is prohibited.

Reedy Lake (North of Kerang): Closed to reinforce its status as a wildlife sanctuary where hunting is prohibited.

Further regulated wetland

Lake Bolac: Hunting from motorboats will be prohibited on Lake Bolac due to the presence of a large number of Blue-billed ducks.

A map showing these closures can be found here.

The Government Gazette for these closures as of 13 March 2018 can be seen here.