Where to hunt

The Stubble Quail is the only native quail species that can be legally hunted in Victoria. A number of introduced game birds (eg. pheasants, partridges) may also be hunted, however, most of these introduced game birds are only found on licensed game bird farms.

Generally, Stubble Quail hunting predominantly occurs on private property in stubble paddocks and grasslands, however, 16 State Game Reserves are open to Stubble Quail hunting.

The following table provides general information on where you may hunt Stubble Quail. For maps on areas where you may hunt Stubble Quail, please select from the links above.

Land ClassificationStubble Quail Hunting Permitted?
State forest, Forest Parks (Cobboboonee and Otway) and other unoccupied Crown landStubble Quail may be hunted during the open season only, however, opportunities are limited.
State Game ReservesSixteen State Game Reserves are open to Stubble Quail hunting (see below for details).
SanctuariesStubble Quail may not be hunted at any time.
Melbourne Water Catchment AreasHunting of any type is not permitted at any time.
Flora and Fauna Reserves and Nature Conservation ReservesHunting of any type is not permitted at any time.
National Parks, State Parks, Coastal Parks, Wilderness ParksStubble Quail hunting is not permitted at any time, however, there is one exception. See below for details.
Alpine ResortsHunting of any type is not permitted at any time.
Leased Crown landStubble Quail (only during the open season) may be hunted, but only with the permission of the lessee.
Licensed Crown landGenerally, Stubble Quail (only during the open season) may be hunted at any time, unless the land is licensed under the Land Act 1958 (see below for details).
Private landStubble Quail (only during the open season) may be hunted, but only with the permission of the land owner/manager.

State Forest, Forest Parks (Cobboboonee and Otway) and other Unoccupied Crown Land

Generally, hunting for pest animals and game species (including Stubble Quail) is permitted in all State forests, Forest Parks and unoccupied Crown land (ie. Crown land that is not leased or licensed). However, some restrictions may apply. Hunters are advised to consult the local DELWP Office for specific information about any restrictions that apply to the area of State forest or unoccupied Crown land that they wish to hunt. Remember, many people use State forests for recreation and for their livelihood. Never shoot on or across public roads or tracks and never shoot towards populated areas, including camping and picnic areas and walking tracks.

Provided hunting is permitted in an area, pest animals may be hunted at any time and hunting for game species is allowed only during the open season for that species. Make sure that you know when the open seasons are.

State Game Reserves

The 16 state game reserves where quail hunting is permitted.
Title of reserveLocality*Title of reserveLocality*
* For maps of these reserves, refer to the booklet Victorian State Game Reserves: A Hunter's Guide.
Blond Bay20 km south of BairnsdaleJack Smith Lake30 km east of Yarram
Bow Lake40 km east of EdenhopeJones Bay5 km south of Bairnsdale
Clydebank Morass12 km north-east of SaleLake Coleman20 km east of Sale
Darlot Swamp10 km north-east of HorshamLake Connewarre8 km south-east of Geelong
Dowd Morass10 km south-east of SaleMansfield Swamp10 km west of Stanhope
Gaynor Swamp10 km north of ColbinabbinMacleod MorassNear Bairnsdale
Hateleys Lake10 km west of NatimukRowan Swamp15 km south-west of Yarrawonga
Heart Morass5 km east of SaleWallenjoe Swamp10 km north of Colbinabbin

Pest animals or other non-game species such as sparrows or starlings may not be hunted on State Game Reserves at any time, unless specific authorisation is provided by the Department.

A basic map of the State Game Reserve where Stubble Quail may be hunted and details of how to get there, what facilities are available and other information relevant to hunting and camping is available.

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Generally, hunting for pest animals and game species (including Stubble Quail) is permitted in all State forests, Forest Parks and unoccupied Crown land (ie. Crown land that is not leased or licensed). However, some restrictions may apply. Hunters are advised to consult the local DELWP Office for specific information about any restrictions that apply to the area of State forest or unoccupied Crown land that they wish to hunt. Remember, many people use State forests for recreation and for their livelihood. Never shoot on or across public roads or tracks and never shoot towards populated areas, including camping and picnic areas and walking tracks.

Provided hunting is permitted in an area, pest animals may be hunted at any time and hunting for game species is allowed only during the open season for that species. Make sure that you know when the open seasons are.

Pest animals or other non-game species such as sparrows or starlings may not be hunted on State Game Reserves at any time, unless specific authorisation is provided by the Department.

A basic map of the State Game Reserve where Stubble Quail may be hunted and details of how to get there, what facilities are available and other information relevant to hunting and camping is available.

Game species (including Stubble Quail) may not be hunted at any time in areas declared to be Sanctuaries. However, pest animals may be hunted. Major Victorian sanctuaries are: Mount Cole Sanctuary (South West Region, DELWP), Gunbower Island Sanctuary, Kow Swamp and Reedy Lakes near Kerang (North West Region, DELWP). The location of other sanctuaries should be checked with the local DELWP Office.

A number of catchments and reservoirs in the outer metropolitan and central highlands area are controlled by Melbourne Water and are part of the metropolitan water supply system. Public entry to these areas is prohibited to ensure a high-quality water supply.

Carrying and using firearms in these areas for Stubble Quail hunting is prohibited.

Most Wilderness, National, State and Coastal Parks are closed to Stubble Quail hunting at all times. However, you are allowed to hunt Stubble Qual in the park listed below, subject to varying conditions. Hunters must not possess a firearm in, or transport a firearm through a park (except in some instances) when hunting is prohibited. Also, where hunting is allowed, firearms must only be those calibres or gauges permitted for the species available for hunting in that park.

  • Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (Gippsland Region, DELWP). In certain sections, Stubble Quail may be hunted in season. Check with the Parks Victoria Sale office on (03) 5144 3048 for further details

All alpine resorts are closed to hunting at all times. However, you are allowed to transport a dog through an alpine resort in a vehicle. You are also allowed to transport firearms through a resort providing the firearm is in a safe and locked compartment of the vehicle.

Game species (including Stubble Quail) in season and pest animals may be hunted on leased land, provided hunters have obtained the permission of the lessee to enter the area. Remember, many people use leased land for recreation or for their livelihood. Never shoot on or across an area of leased land without the permission of the lessee and never shoot across public roads or tracks or towards populated areas, including camping and picnic areas and walking tracks.

If you are in doubt about the status of a particular area, please contact your local DELWP Office.

Generally, hunting for game species including Stubble Quail (during the open season) and pest animals is permitted on licensed Crown land. However, some exceptions may apply. If an area is licensed under the Land Act 1958, hunters must obtain the permission of the licensee before carrying or using firearms on that area. This generally includes areas such as unused roads and water frontages, which may be licensed for grazing or other purposes.

If you are in doubt about the status of a particular area, or require any further information, please contact your local DELWP Office.

Game species (including Stubble Quail) in season and pest animals may be hunted on private land provided hunters have obtained the permission of the land owner/manager. You must not shoot on or across public roads or tracks at any time.

If you are in doubt about the status of a particular area, or require any further information, please contact your local DELWP Office.

State Game Reserve Maps