South Australia will have a restricted duck and quail hunting season in 2019, with hunters able to take eight ducks and 15 quail per hunter per day.
The 2019 season’s restrictions are a precautionary approach. Duck hunting numbers are down to eight instead of last year’s full bag of 12, and quail numbers are down to 15, instead of last year’s 20, with a full bag being 25.
Duck season begins on 16 March and finishes on 30 June. Quail season runs from 16 February to 31 August.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the decision to allow a duck and quail season is based on scientific research and consultation with stakeholder groups, including hunting and conservation organisations.
“This year’s slightly reduced bag limits, small reduction in duration and limit to species available to hunt is a precautionary approach due to the current environmental conditions, game bird numbers and limited breeding,” said Minister Speirs.
“The decision to restrict the 2019 season will still enable hunters to enjoy a good season, but also sustainably manage populations for the future.
“The Department works with duck hunters in South Australia to ensure responsible hunting and that all hunters abide by the Code of Practice.
“We also focus on conservation – and the bag limit and any other restrictions to certain species are always determined by seasonal conditions and how abundant each species of duck or quail is.
“Many wetland plant, animals and birds benefit from the conservation management efforts of hunters who look after wetlands within South Australia.”
South Australian legislation allows for properly managed and regulated hunting of game birds by licensed shooters.
Duck and quail hunters in South Australia must hold a valid gun licence and a permit from the Department of Environment and Water, and duck hunters must have passed a waterfowl identification test.
They must also use non-toxic shot and comply with the Code of Practice for the Humane Destruction of Birds by Shooting.
Bool Lagoon in the South East will once again be closed to hunters, and the Australasian (blue-winged) shoveler will be excluded from hunting due to ongoing concerns about the population.
For more information on duck and quail hunting permits, please visit www.environment.sa.gov.au