Quiet start to Victorian duck season
- From: The Weekly Times
- March 18, 2014
MANY hunters did not even fire a shot in the opening of the Victorian duck season on the weekend.
Some managed to score their bag of 10 ducks but results were as scattered as the duck protesters, with averages of about three birds per shooter.
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An estimated 15,000 shooters travelled to all corners of the state hoping the drought in Northern Australia would keep local waterbird populations at home.
Rodolfo Marulla and 15 mates from an Italian club in Doncaster said it was their worst opening for 50 years
“The ducks were there on Thursday but they were gone on Saturday morning, we got two between us and I didn’t pull a trigger.”
Members of Mr Marulla’s Amici club were among an estimated 500 shooters at Woolshed Lake, near Boort, on Saturday morning.
Shooters in the Wimmera, Gippsland and the South West regions, around Geelong, produced the best bags.
One hunter was booked for shooting a protected freckled duck and a small number of hunters were detected using lead shot.
Protesters at Kerang and Geelong were fined for illegally entering specified hunting areas during prohibited times. The duck season ends on June 9.