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The following general conditions apply:

Period of season declared for duck hunting:

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

NB: Some game reserves may have restricted dates.

Times permitted for duck hunting:

Shooting is permitted between 15 minutes prior to sunrise 30 minutes after sunset on any given day of the open season 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)

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

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.

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 pening 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. Duck hunters are required to pass the Waterfowl Identification Test to obtain a permit. Applications of open season duck permits will be available in early 2021.

Limitations, Restrictions and Conditions of Permit

Prior to applying for a permit hunters should ensure that they have read, are familiar with and understand all of the limitations, restrictions and conditions associated with a 2021 Open Season Duck Hunting Permit.  

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

How to apply for a 2021 Open Season Duck Permit         

Applications for the 2021 Open Season Duck permit (Commencing Saturday 20 March 2021 and Expiring Sunday 27 June 2021) are now open.

Apply online.

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