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2020 Open hunting season

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 with refund enquiries. Please note that refunded open season permits will not be valid for the 2020 open season should travel restrictions ease. 


Duck hunting open season has been declared for South Australia in 2020.

Quail hunting is not permitted in South Australia for 2020.

Following an assessment of climate data and forecasts, landscape and wetland condition, waterfowl abundance, and also considering whether hunting activities could impact on the conservation and sustainability of waterfowl populations, a restricted duck hunting open season has been declared for 2020.

No quail hunting open season has been declared for 2020

The information used in this assessment was derived from the Bureau of Meteorology, DEW wetland and waterfowl surveys, the Eastern Australia Waterbird Survey and various remotely sensed landscape condition data.

The opening of a 2020 duck hunting season is based on 2019 data and forecasts for 2020. Should conditions deteriorate or circumstances change, the Minister may revoke or revise the open season declarations.  

Open season duck hunting information

Closed season quail hunting information


A specified ‘duck’ hunting open season permit is required to hunt duck in South Australia. Quail hunting permits will not be available in 2020 due to the closed hunting season. Duck hunters are required to pass the Waterfowl Identification Test to obtain a permit. For information on the test and permit please telephone the DEW Fauna Permits Unit (08) 8124 4972.

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