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The 2021 Duck Open Season in South Australia is now closed.

The following general conditions applied in 2021:

Period of season declared for duck hunting:

The open season began 15 minutes prior to sunrise on Saturday 20 March 2021 and ended 30 minutes after sunset on Sunday 27 June 2021.

NB: Some game reserves had restricted dates.

Times permitted for duck hunting:

Shooting was permitted between 15 minutes prior to sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset on any given day of the open season at approved locations.

Protected species permitted for duck hunting in 2021:

  • Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
  • Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
  • Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
  • Australian Shelduck (Mountain Duck) (Tadorna tadornoides)
  • Maned (Wood) Duck (Chenonetta jubata)

NB: Australasian (Blue-winged) Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis), Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) and Hardhead (Aythya australis) were not permitted for hunting in 2021.

Bag limit:

On any day of the open season, a person could not take, have possession or control of more than four (4) ducks listed above.

The taking of duck eggs is not permitted.

Where was hunting permitted?

Restrictions were placed on open season hunting in game reserves.

Individuals hunting on private land and dedicated crown land are required to have the written permission of the landowner.

Hunting permit:

An open season duck hunting permit is required to take/hunt duck. Duck hunters are required to pass the Waterfowl Identification Test to obtain a permit.

Limitations, Restrictions and Conditions of Permit

Each season, prior to applying for a permit applicants should ensure that they have read and understand the limitations, restrictions and conditions associated with an Open Season Duck Hunting Permit.  

Download the 2021 Open Season Duck Hunting Limitations Restrictions and Conditions of Permit.

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