Please note that wetlands, or parts of wetlands, are closed to hunting, or only permit restricted hunting activity. For details visit Wetland closures – 2020 duck season.
Recreational duck hunting in Victoria is managed on a sustainable basis with authorities setting bag limits and season dates to ensure that hunting does not threaten the conservation status of any game species.
Recreational duck hunting is permitted in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. In Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania you are required to pass a Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) before being permitted to hunt ducks. This ensures that all licensed duck hunters can adequately identify game and non-game waterbirds while in the field.
Hunters will incur heavy penalties for shooting non-game species including: fines; seizure of firearms and/or equipment; loss of licence; and, in some instances, jail sentences. If you can't positively identify your target, don't shoot.