Wetland closures – 2021 duck season

Closed or further regulated hunting areas

Occasionally, wetlands or parts of wetlands, may be closed to duck hunting or hunting may be further regulated (e.g. hunting from boats prohibited) to protect concentrations of rare or threatened species from disturbance or being mistakenly shot.

Further regulation can involve additional 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.

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

Please regularly check this page for updates on wetland closures for 2021 duck season.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s More to Explore app will be updated with any 2021 wetland closures following gazettal.

Area

Risk

Regulation / restrictions

Green Swamp, near Glenthompson.

(Official Government Gazette)

Significant number of Brolga.Closed to hunting

Wetlands watch list

Wetlands previously closed to hunting or where rare and threatened species have been regularly sighted

To help hunters plan their duck hunting trips, the table below contains information about wetlands where rare and threatened species have been regularly sighted, the potential risk to the species from duck hunting and, if applicable, the year in which the wetland was closed or further regulated since 2009.

Hunters are encouraged to have a ‘plan b’ in place as wetlands can be closed at short notice during the duck season and an alternate hunting location is required. And don’t forget, if you’re NOT SURE, DON’T SHOOT.

Wetland name

Rare or threatened speciesRiskYear wetland closed and/or further regulatedi since 2009

Bartlett’s Swamp 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014

Big Reedy Lagoon 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2017

Booroopki Swamp 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Box Flat Swamp 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Blue-billed Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2013

Browns Lake 

  • Blue-billed Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2018

Bradys Swamp 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Bryans Swamp 

  • Brolga
  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance during flocking

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Buffalo Dam (Lake Buffalo) 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Deep Lake (Derrinallum) 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

 

Doctors Swamp (Murchison Swamp) 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

First Marsh (Koorangie SGR) 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Freshwater Swamp SGR 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Latham’s Snipe
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Green Lake 

  • Brolga
  • Great Egret

Disturbance during flocking

Disturbance

 

Green Swamp

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

2021

Green Swamp 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

2020

Harnath Swamp 

  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Heywoods Lake 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2016

Hird Swamp 

  • Australasian Bittern
  • Freckled Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014, 2018

Hollands Landing Lagoon 

  • Curlew Sandpiper

Disturbance

 

Hospital Swamps (part of Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve) 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014, 2019

Johnsons Swamp 

  • Australasian Bittern
  • Freckled Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2016

Koorangie State Reserve 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2017, 2018

Krause Swamp 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

2015

Lake Bolac 

  • Musk Duck
  • Blue-billed Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2018, 2019, 2020

Lake Buloke 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Lake Buninjon 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Colac 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014

Lake Cooper 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2017

Lake Colongulac 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Lake Corringle 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Curlip 

  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Elingamite 

  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Elizabeth 

  • Musk Duck
  • Freckled Duck
  • Blue-billed Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2016, 2019

Lake Fyans 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Leaghur 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Lake Linlithgow 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Freckled Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2017, 2018, 2019

Lake Lonsdale 

  • Musk Duck
  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2018, 2019, 2020

Lake Martin 

  • Curlew Sandpiper

Disturbance prior to migration

2018

Lake Muirhead 

  • Brolga
  • Blue-billed Duck

Disturbance during flocking

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2017, 2018

Lake Murdeduke 

  • Curlew Sandpiper

Disturbance prior to migration

 

Lake Murphy 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2019

Lake Natimuk 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014, 2017

Lake Round 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Latham’s Snipe

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Disturbance

 

Lake Struan 

  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Toolondo 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2016

Lake Wat Wat 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Lake Wongan 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

 

Little Lake Meran 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

 

Lough Calvert 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

 

McGlashins Swamp 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Pine Lake 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2019

Reedy Lake (part of Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve) 

  • Great Egret
  • Australasian Bittern
  • Curlew Sandpiper

Disturbance

Disturbance

Disturbance prior to migration

2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Reedy Swamp 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Richardson’s Lagoon  

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Round Lake (Lake Boga) 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2014, 2015, 2016, 2019

Second Marsh (Koorangie SGR) 

  • Musk Duck
  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Toolondo Reservoir 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2016 (East Lake)

Tower Hill Lake 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Walker’s Lake 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)