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2020 duck open season COVID-19 update

The 2020 South Australian Duck Open Season remains open to South Australian permit holders. All hunters are reminded to follow government guidelines on social distancing.

No further open season permits will be issued to hunters from interstate due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. Existing non-South Australian 2020 duck open season permit holders should contact the DEW Fauna Permits Unit on (08) 8124 4972 or DEWFaunaPermitsUnit@sa.gov.au with refund enquiries. Please note that refunded open season permits will not be valid for the 2020 open season should travel restrictions ease. 


The following general conditions apply:

Period of season declared for duck hunting:

The open season begins sunrise Saturday 28 March 2020 and closes sunset Sunday 31 May 2020. NB: Some game reserves may have restricted dates.

Times permitted for duck hunting:

Shooting is permitted from sunrise to sunset at approved locations.

Protected species permitted for duck hunting:

  • Grey Teal (Anas gracilis),
  • Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea),
  • Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa),
  • Australian Shelduck (Mountain Duck) (Tadorna tadornoides),
  • Maned (Wood) Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
  • Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

NB: Australasian (Blue-winged) Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) and Hardhead (Aythya australis) are not permitted for hunting in 2020.

Bag limit:

On any day of the open season, a person shall not take, have possession or control of more than four (4) ducks listed above, including not more than one (1) of each of the following species:

  • Australian Shelduck (Mountain Duck) (Tadorna tadornoides).
  • Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus).

The taking of duck eggs is not permitted.

Where can I hunt?

Restrictions have been placed on open season hunting in game reserves, so please refer to specific opening times for 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. Applications of open season duck permits will be available from 16 March 2020.

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