Previous duck season considerations

Considerations for the 2021 duck season

The considerations for the 2021 duck season were published on the GMA website and provided to stakeholders and informed decisions regarding the 2021 duck season.

When developing advice on season arrangements, the GMA consults with hunting organisations, animal welfare and conservation groups before making a recommendation to Government on duck season arrangements.

The GMA’s recommendation to Government was based on assessments of rainfall data, wetland conditions, waterfowl abundance and distribution, harvest data and whether hunting activities could impact on the conservation status and sustainability of game duck populations.

View the updated GMA recommendations to Government on the 2021 duck season arrangements - April 2021

View the GMA recommendation to Government on the 2021 duck season arrangements - January 2021.

Note: Some information has been removed from this document, including the names and contact details of non-executive employees for privacy reasons. NSW has released information on its damage mitigation program. As a result, the data provided by NSW to the GMA is now available in this document.

See the Summary of data used to inform the GMA’s recommendation for the 2021 duck season arrangements.

The University of New South Wales has published the summary report of the results of the Eastern Australian Waterbird Survey. View the Aerial Survey of Wetland Birds in Eastern Australia - October 2020 Annual Summary Report.

The following documents were submitted by invited stakeholders for the 2021 duck hunting season.

Animals Australia submission

BirdLife Australia submission

Coalition Against Duck Shooting submission

Field & Game Australia submission

RSPCA submission

Regional Victorians Opposed to Duck Shooting submission

Sporting Shooters Association Australia submission

Shooting Sports Council of Victoria submission

Victorian Duck Hunters Association submission


Considerations for the 2020 duck season

The considerations for the 2020 duck season were provided to stakeholders and informed decisions regarding the 2020 duck season.

The GMA’s recommendation to Government, in December 2019, was based on assessments of rainfall data, wetland conditions, waterfowl abundance and distribution, harvest data and whether hunting activities could impact on the conservation and sustainability of waterbird populations.

When developing advice on season arrangements, the GMA consults with hunting organisations, animal welfare and conservation groups before making a recommendation to Government on duck season arrangements.

View the GMA recommendation to Government on the 2020 duck season arrangements.

Aerial Survey of Wetland Birds in Eastern Australia - October 2019 Annual Summary Report.

The following documents were submitted by invited stakeholders for the 2020 duck hunting season.

Field & Game Australia - SSAA Victoria submission

Shooting Sports Council of Victoria submission

Animals Australia submission

BirdLife Australia submission

Coalition Against Duck Shooting submission

RSPCA submission

Regional Victorians Opposed to Duck Shooting submission