Wetland closures – 2020 duck season

Some wetlands, or parts of wetlands, are closed to hunting or are further regulated during the 2020 duck hunting season.

The following wetlands are closed or have further regulations in place:

Area

Regulation / restrictions

Lake Lonsdale (near Stawell)

Closed to duck hunting due to the presence of a large number of threatened Blue-billed Ducks.

The western side of Tower Hill State Game Reserve (north of Tower Hill)

Closed to duck hunting due to the presence of a large number of threatened Blue-billed Ducks. The rest of the reserve will be open to hunting.

Reedy Lake (part of the Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve, near Geelong)

Closed to duck hunting due to the presence of a large number of nationally endangered Australasian Bitterns. The rest of the reserve will be open to hunting.

Lake Bolac (adjacent to the township of Lake Bolac)

Hunting from boats is prohibited, due to the presence of a large number of threatened Blue-billed Ducks.

Hunters are permitted to use motorised and non-motorised boats to retrieve downed birds hunted from the shoreline.

Green Swamp (near Glenthompson)

Closed to duck hunting due to the presence of a significant number of threatened Brolga.

Wetland closure Government Gazette – Lake Lonsdale, Reedy Lake, Tower Hill State Game Reserve, Lake Bolac

Wetland closure Government Gazette – Green Swamp


Two other wetlands have been closed to reinforce their status as wildlife sanctuaries - where hunting is not permitted. They are:

Kow Swamp (near Gunbower and Reedy Lakes)

Closed to duck hunting to reinforce its status as a wildlife sanctuary.

Reedy Lakes (Reedy, Middle and Third Lake at Kerang)

Closed to duck hunting to reinforce its status as a wildlife sanctuary.

The GMA and DELWP will continue to monitor the closed wetlands throughout the season. If the reason for the closure no longer exists, they may be reopened to hunting.

Further wetlands may be closed or further regulated if significant concentrations of rare or threatened species are found to be present.

The hunting start times from Wednesday 13 May – Sunday 17 May inclusive have been delayed until 8am. From Monday 18 May – Monday 8 June, normal hunting times of 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset will resume until the end of the season.

Closed or further regulated hunting areas

Prior to, or during the duck season, hunting areas can be further regulated or closed through a legal notice.

Further regulation or closure can occur for a number of reasons, including to protect rare and threatened species or to avoid disturbance to colonially breeding waterbirds.

Further regulation can involve further restrictions on hunting times, equipment and hunting methods. If a closure is required instead, this can involve a partial closure of a hunting area or full closure.

Further regulated or closed wetlands are monitored throughout the duck season. If the reason for further regulation or closure no longer exists, the legal notice can be revoked.