The Game Management carries out a range of surveys to collect data on duck and quail populations across the state. These surveys inform decisions about setting rules and regulations for hunting seasons, to ensure sustainability in game hunting in Victoria.
Phone surveys help us to estimate the number of duck and quail harvested during the hunting season. These surveys gather information on a wide range of hunting behaviours including about hunter effort, days spent in the field, location, and the number of duck and quail harvested.
The results of these surveys are published annually in a report on the Estimates of harvest for duck and Stubble Quail in Victoria.
GMA has commenced a pilot program to collect wing samples from Victorian quail hunters and it is hoped that this program will be expanded in coming seasons. Wing samples can be used at age and sex harvested game birds and help to estimate productivity, or breeding success. A field guide for ageing and sexing Victorian native game birds can be used to assess the wings harvested by hunters.
A number of other projects to monitor Stubble Quail populations are being explored, including an abundance and distribution monitoring program and a study looking into the fine-scale movements and habitat use of the species using satellite and radio transmitter technology.
Estimates of harvest for duck and Stubble Quail in Victoria 2020 (PDF version)
Estimates of harvest for duck and Stubble Quail in Victoria 2019 (PDF version)
Hunter's Bag Survey: 2019 Victorian duck hunting season (PDF version)
Estimates of harvest for duck and Stubble Quail in Victoria 2018 (PDF version)
Hunter's Bag Survey: 2018 Victorian duck hunting season (PDF version)
Estimates of harvest for duck and Stubble Quail in Victoria (PDF version)
Hunter's Bag Survey: 2017 Victorian duck hunting season (PDF version)
Estimates of harvest for deer, duck and quail from 1985 to 2015: Combining mail and telephone survey results (PDF version)
Estimates of harvest for duck and quail in Victoria (PDF Version)
Hunter's Bag Survey: 2016 Victorian duck hunting season (PDF Version)
Estimates of harvest for duck and quail in Victoria (PDF version)
Hunter's Bag Surveys: 2014 and 2015 Victorian duck hunting seasons (PDF version)
Estimates of harvest for deer, duck and quail in Victoria (PDF version)
Estimates of harvest for deer, duck and quail in Victoria (PDF version) (Word Version)
This report identifies key features that can be used to determine age and sex of nine game bird species (eight ducks and the Stubble Quail).
These age and sex characteristics were identified by examining museum skins, and wing and tail specimens obtained from hunters during opening weekend of the 2017 and 2018 duck hunting seasons.
The report doubles as a field guide with commissioned paintings showing the differences between males and females, and between adults and juveniles.
This information can be used to inform decisions about the hunting season, such as the duration of the season and daily bag limits.
This field guide equips the waterfowl hunter with information to assist them in identifying the age, sex and moulting stages in harvested game ducks.
This information can provide insight into a population's productivity, current status and recruitment from season to season.
All waterfowl hunters in Victoria must be competent in identifying different waterbird species. However, this guide is not intended to educate hunters on species identification, but rather to illustrate methods of determining age, sex and moult.
Page last updated: 13 Apr 2021