Guidelines for the humane dispatch of downed ducks

Responsible duck hunting requires downed ducks to be immediately recovered and dispatched humanely.

This guide has been developed to aid hunters when choosing a method that they feel confident and comfortable to perform.

While there are several ways to humanely dispatch downed ducks, the methods in this guide are considered best practice.

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Guidelines for the Humane Dispatch of Downed Ducks

 

The Game Management Authority has published new guidelines to assist hunters in the humane dispatch of downed ducks – Guidelines for the humane dispatch of downed ducks.

By law, hunters must make all reasonable efforts to immediately recover and dispatch downed ducks. The guidelines have been developed to assist duck hunters in ensuring that they are hunting responsibly and dispatching downed ducks quickly and humanely.

The recommended methods in the guidelines are based on research and advice from local and international experts, including animal welfare organisations.

While there are several ways to humanely dispatch downed ducks, the methods in this guide are considered best practice.

 

How to perform the pithing method

 

This video explains how to humanely dispatch a wounded downed duck using the pithing method.

By law, hunters must make all reasonable efforts to immediately recover and dispatch downed ducks.

The Game Management Authority has published new guidelines to assist hunters in the humane dispatch of downed ducks – Guidelines for the humane dispatch of downed ducks.

The guidelines are based on research and advice from local and international experts, including animal welfare organisations.

 

How to perform the cervical dislocation method

 

This video explains how to humanely dispatch a wounded downed duck using the cervical dislocation method.

By law, hunters must make all reasonable efforts to immediately recover and dispatch downed ducks.

The Game Management Authority has published new guidelines to assist hunters in the humane dispatch of downed ducks – Guidelines for the humane dispatch of downed ducks.

The guidelines are based on research and advice from local and international experts, including animal welfare organisations.

Page last updated: 30 Apr 2020