Close watch on duck hunting

Colac birdwatcher Adam Fry, above and below, says that duck numbers are significantly down ahead of this year’s duck hunting season. Mr Fry wants to see a stop to duck hunting in Victoria. He has been monitoring bird numbers at Lake Colac and reporting them to BirdLife Australia.

Victoria’s shortened duck hunting season will start this weekend but a Colac birdwatcher against shooting says duck numbers are significantly lower than in past seasons.

The Victorian Game Management Authority says duck hunting will commence at 9am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday.

The authority says dry conditions have reduced duck numbers and it has introduced further restrictions this season, shortening the season from 12 down to nine weeks.

Hunters will also have a bag limit of four game ducks per day this weekend and a five-bird limit for the remainder of the season.

Birdwatcher Adam Fry said he had surveyed Lake Colac this month and found less than half the number of ducks he had recorded at a similar time last year.

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