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Additional general information for hunters

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. 

 

Modern Hunting in South Australia - A guide for responsible and sustainable hunting

The department has collaborated with the Conservation and Hunting Alliance of South Australia to publish ‘Modern Hunting in South Australia - A guide for responsible and sustainable hunting.’ This guide has been published to:

  • encourage and enable hunters to hunt safely, responsibly and sustainably, and to contribute to conservation, now and in the future
  • provide information and advice about locations and species permitted for hunting
  • simply explain the rules and regulations for hunting in SA.

Printed copies are available from the offices listed on Contact us. Alternatively you may download an electronic copy.

Safety for Shooters

Please respect the rights of other hunters. It is generally accepted that the first hunter to a position has precedence and no hunter should approach closer than 50m without the other hunter’s permission. Avoid accidents – please don’t shoot low.

Code of practice for humane destruction

All hunters must comply with the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Humane Destruction of Birds by Shooting in South Australia.

Prohibited hunting areas

No hunting or fishing is permitted within 150 metres either side of any barrage structure.

Hunting is not permitted on any Reserve.

Duck hunting is only permitted on Game Reserves explicitly declared open in the open season notice.

Open season information

The Minister for Environment and Water may declare an open season for the hunting of duck and quail and set conditions of the open season.

Open season hunting permits are required to take duck or quail.

Permits

Duck hunters must have passed the Waterfowl Identification Test, hold a current open season duck hunting permit, possess a current firearms permit for a shotgun and have the written permission from the land holder, including Crown land to go duck hunting.

Quail hunters must hold a current open season quail hunting permit, possess a current firearms permit for a shotgun and have the written permission from the land holder, including Crown land to go quail hunting.

Hunters are required to carry the hunting permit at all times and produce it on the request of a warden.

Species must be identified before shooting and hunter bag limit must not be exceeded.

Approved Shot

Bismuth, steel or molybdenum shot may be used for duck hunting in South Australia. Bismuth may be used in any shotgun that can use commercial lead shot. Hunters should take care with the guns they use, as not all guns are suitable for steel shot. You should check with the firearm manufacturer or distributor before using steel shot.

Prohibited Shot

Lead shot must not be used for duck hunting in South Australia, nor may you have it in your possession while hunting. Several wetlands in South Australia are known to have high densities of spent lead shot in the surface mud of the areas favoured for hunting. This lead is ingested by some types of waterbirds and can cause varying degrees of lead poisoning.

Guns

Duck and quail may only be taken with a smooth bore firearm that has a bore not exceeding 19mm (12 gauge) firing shot no larger than BB (4.1mm in diameter).

Prohibited activities

Shooting or taking any protected bird, mammal or reptile other than the species listed as available in the declared open season is prohibited.

Shooting is prohibited from a boat that is moving or under way.

Pre-feeding on hunting grounds is prohibited.

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