Duck Hunting Laws

Recreational duck hunting in Victoria is managed sustainably, with the bag limits and season dates set to ensure that hunting does not threaten the conservation status of game duck species.

Duck seasons arrangements may change from time to time; and hunters should always check current regulations, season dates, and bag limits.

Some game species may be protected from hunting at particular times, such as during drought, or bag limits may be changed in response to population numbers and/or environmental conditions.

Game Duck Species

Game ducks can be hunted during the open season. Restrictions on the species and bag limits may be imposed when conditions require. There are eight species of native duck declared to be game. They are:

  • Black Duck
  • Grey Teal
  • Chestnut Teal
  • Hardhead
  • Blue-winged Shoveler
  • Pink-eared Duck
  • Mountain Duck
  • Wood Duck