The following media release was issued by Victoria's Game Management Authority.
Three hunting seasons are set to open in Victoria at the beginning of April for licensed game hunters.
Game Management Authority (GMA) Chief Executive Officer Graeme Ford said the Hog Deer and hound hunting for Sambar Deer seasons open on Monday 1 April followed by Stubble Quail season on Saturday 6 April.
“Hog Deer hunting occurs generally along the Gippsland coast and on 6 State Game Reserves until 30 April. Hunters must ensure they have obtained a pair of Hog Deer tags before they go hunting and can only take one male and one female deer per person for the season.”
“All Hog Deer hunters must complete a return form at the end of the season and all harvested deer must be taken to a Hog Deer Checking Station to measure and record biological data.”
Information regarding the location of State Game Reserves, Hog Deer checking stations and how to order Hog Deer tags can be found at www.gma.vic.gov.au
“Hound hunting season also begins on Monday 1 April until the Thursday prior to Easter when it will close for a week and then resume until 30 November.”
Mr Ford said Stubble Quail are mostly hunted on private property with permission from the landowner or manager and on 16 State Game Reserves that are also open to hunting for Stubble Quail.
“The daily bag limit is 20 birds per person and the season will close on 30 June.”
All hunters participating in these seasons must respect land boundaries, only hunt in legal areas, ensure they do not hunt on or across roads, ensure their hounds are the correct breed and are registered and make sure they cover up any harvested animals during transport.
Victoria’s first ever online electronic hunting mapping system is also now available. The new system builds on Victoria’s extensive More To Explore maps by adding an additional map layer which shows you where you can hunt game deer, duck, quail and pest animals across the state in both cartographic and aerial image formats.
Hunters who use gundogs to help locate and retrieve game species are reminded to be vigilant for signs of heat exhaustion, to only hunt in the cooler parts of the day, to give their dogs rest periods and to make sure they have plenty of water to drink.
GMA Game Officers, Victoria Police and other authorised officers will be active throughout private and public land across the state during the seasons to ensure hunters act in a safe and responsible manner.
Hunters and the general public are urged to report any illegal hunting to the GMA through its website www.gma.vic.gov.au or the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or Victoria Police.