2024 Stubble Quail hunting season arrangements


The 2024 Stubble Quail season will open on Saturday, 6 April and close on Sunday, 30 June 2024.

The 2024 Stubble Quail season will open on Saturday, 6 April and close on Sunday, 30 June 2024.

Hunting is permitted from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset throughout the season.

The bag limit is 20 birds per day.

The use of electronic quail callers will be prohibited during the 2024 Stubble Quail season.

Hunters must hold a valid and current Victorian Game Licence to hunt Stubble Quail in Victoria.

Hunters are reminded to seek permission from the landowner or land manager when hunting on private property. Hunters are also required to immediately recover downed game birds and salvage at least the breast meat.

The GMA and its partner agencies will be patrolling both private and public land across Victoria.

Hunters and members of the public are urged to report illegal quail hunting to the GMA through the online form or by calling 136 186. If you have immediate concerns for your safety or the safety of others, call 000.

For more information on Stubble Quail hunting in Victoria, visit our Stubble Quail hunting page and view our interactive Quail Hunting Basics education module.

Last season for the use of lead shot

We are also reminding hunters that 2024 is set to be the last season for the use of lead shot in Stubble Quail hunting.

On 29 January 2024, the Victorian Government announced its response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Victoria's Recreational Native Bird Hunting Arrangements, confirming that recreational duck and quail hunting will continue in Victoria – with a few important changes.

One of these changes is to ban the use of lead shot for Stubble Quail hunting from 2025, following a regulatory review process.

For more information on the Victorian Government response to the Inquiry, visit DJSIR – Duck and Stubble Quail Hunting.