Take time to train your dog. Many clubs can assist with this.
Gundogs may only be used in field trials conducted during the open season by organisations approved by the GMA.
Outside the hunting seasons, dogs can be trained using a starter’s pistol and shotguns with blank ammunition.
It is an offence to train dogs outside the hunting season while in possession of live ammunition.
On State Game Reserves, gundogs can only be trained 48 hours before, during, and 48 hours after a quail or duck season. Firearms cannot be used on a State Game Reserve for dog training.
Hunting Ducks on a State Game Reserve
If you are a licensed duck hunter, you may bring a gundog into a State Game Reserve 48 hours before the first day of the open season and ending 48 hours after the last day of the open season.
The gundog must be under your immediate control at all times.
Other dogs are not permitted in State Game Reserves, unless the dog is an assistant dog or the dog is confined to a vehicle in transit. There are a number of regulations that apply to using blinds for duck hunting in State Game Reserves. Refer to ‘Rules for Blinds and Tree Stands’.