Duck hunting restrictions apply

DUCK hunters will still be able to hunt on their own private land, but have been asked to consider whether it is necessary, when duck hunting season opens on May 2.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has advised that to help slow the spread of coronavirus, people must not leave their own properties to go hunting.

A Victorian government spokesperson said the current health advice applied until May 11, and would be reviewed at that time.

“Hunting on your own private property remains permissible,” the spokesperson said.

“But we’re asking Victorians to consider, ‘is this a necessary activity?’ “

The state of emergency has been extended until May 11.

Under state of emergency conditions, no recreational game hunting can occur, other than on a hunter’s own property – and only within season.

Because of the restrictions, duck hunting, other than on the property the hunter lives on, cannot be conducted until at the earliest May 12, but possibly later depending on health advice.

Stay at home restrictions are enforceable by law. On-the-spot fines can be issued of up to $1652 for individuals and $9913 for businesses.