Victoria’s duck hunting season will be shortened this year, with persistent dry conditions having reduced duck numbers, as well as their breeding and wetland habitat.
The 2019 season will be shortened from 12 weeks to nine weeks, starting March 16 and closing on May 19.
The Game Management Authority has advised the Victorian government that a modified season is necessary to ensure duck hunting is conducted responsibly and duck numbers remained sustainable.
Hunters will be restricted to four game ducks per day on the opening weekend, with a five game duck per day bag limit for the remainder of the nine-week season.
A spokesman for the authority said some wetlands may also be closed where warranted, as it continues to monitor conditions in the lead-up to and throughout the season.
Details of the 2019 duck season, including fact sheets and information about any wetland closures throughout the season, will be available on the GMA website at a later date.