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Wetland closures for duck-hunting season opening

PROTECTED: Natimuk Lake and Natimuk Creek reserve are closed to duck-hunters this season because of a large number of rare freckled duck in the area.

PROTECTED: A rare freckled duck.

Authorities have included lakes near Horsham, Ararat, Stawell and Donald among wetland closures for the opening of duck-hunting season this weekend.
Lake Lonsdale near Stawell and Round Lake near Donald are completely off limits to hunting and Lake Bolac south of Ararat and Pine Lake, southeast of Horsham, are only open to shoreline hunting.
Restrictions are in place to protect or prevent disturbance to significant numbers of threatened bird species.
Game Management Authority has provided explanations of lake restrictions. They are –
• Lake Bolac, next to the town of Lake Bolac: Hunting from boats is prohibited due to the presence of a large number of threatened Blue-billed and Freckled duck. However, hunters are permitted to use non-motorised boats to retrieve downed birds hunted from the shoreline.
• Lake Lonsdale near Stawell: The lake is closed to hunting due to the presence of a large number of threatened Freckled duck.
• Pine Lake near Horsham: Hunting from boats is prohibited on Pine Lake due to the presence of a large number of Blue-billed duck. However, hunters are permitted to use non-motorised boats to retrieve downed birds hunted from the shoreline.
• Round Lake, part of the Cope Cope State Game Reserve, south of Donald: The lake is closed due to the presence of a large number of Freckled and Blue-billed duck.
The authority has also listed restrictions on other waters across the state.
Authority chief executive Graeme Ford said closing wetlands or prohibiting hunting from a boat ensured threatened species were protected and duck hunting remained sustainable.
“Through closing wetlands or regulating hunting methods, such as boating, where appropriate and paying close attention to bird numbers, we are able to ensure that rare and threatened species are protected,” he said.
“Government officials will monitor the closed wetlands throughout the season. If the reason for the closure no longer exists, they will recommend it be reopened for hunting.”
The authority has reminded hunters that a daily bag limit is four game ducks per person on the opening weekend, with a five game ducks per day bag limit for the remainder of the nine-week season. Hunting of Blue-winged Shoveler is banned for 2019.
Similar to last year, hunting on the opening weekend of the 2019 Victorian season will start at 9am, Saturday and 8am on Sunday as part of a two-year trial to ensure an orderly start to the season.
For the rest of the season, hunting times will revert to the standard period of half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. The season closes half an hour after sunset on May 19.
People seeking more information can visit website www.gma.vic.gov.au.

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Posted on Mar 13 2019

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