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Duck Hunting Offences In 2002

Glengarry man appears in court for breaching laws relating to duck hunting

By DNRE - 4th November 2002 - Back to News

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On Tuesday October 30 a Glengarry man appeared in the Bairnsdale Magistrates Court for breaching laws relating to duck hunting on the opening weekend of the 2002 Duck Season.

The man was found guilty of exceeding the bag limit and failing to leave a fully feathered wing on some of the ducks he shot. He was fined $800 and ordered to pay court costs.

Wildlife Officer for the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Anthony Ball said that bag limits can change from one year to the next to reflect the number of ducks which can be harvested without having a detrimental impact on waterfowl populations.

"Some species such as Blue Winged Shovelers have individual bag limits because these birds are not a common species in most locations," he said.

"Hunters are required to leave one fully feathered wing on the ducks until they get home, or until they are about to cook them in the camp so that Police and Wildlife Officers can easily identify the ducks taken."

Mr Ball said that on the whole, duck shooters in Gippsland were well behaved and observed the rules relating to the taking of ducks.

"We had very good compliance with respect to hunters using non-toxic shot this year," he said.

Organizations such as Field and Game Australia promote ethical hunting and help ensure that hunters understand any new rules or regulations that may have been put into place by NRE.

There was only one prosecution for a person shooting a protected species this season. The offender was fined $1,100 dollars and ordered to pay costs for the physical rehabilitation of the bird of prey which he shot.

Several hunters were also found guilty of shooting before the opening of the season, and fined between $500 and $600 for this offence.

"The opening time is set to ensure that there is adequate daylight available to allow hunters to positively identify the game species and avoid accidentally shooting protected species," Mr Ball said.


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