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South Australian legislation allows for properly managed and regulated hunting of native game birds by licensed shooters under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and regulations. Open seasons are declared annually based on an assessment of environmental conditions, data on waterfowl population and distribution and stakeholder feedback.

2022 Open season for duck hunting and quail hunting

Open seasons for duck hunting and quail hunting were declared for South Australia in 2022. Both the duck and quail hunting open seasons are now closed.

The season declarations follow an assessment of climate data and forecasts, landscape and wetland condition, and waterfowl abundance. The potential impacts of hunting activities on the conservation and sustainability of waterfowl populations and stakeholder feedback was also considered as part of the assessment. The information used in this assessment included:

• Bureau of Meteorology data,
• DEW wetland and waterfowl surveys,
the Eastern Australia Waterbird Survey,
• stubble quail surveys undertaken by the Conservation and Hunting Alliance of South Australia, and
• various remotely sensed landscape condition data.

Recommendation for the 2022 duck hunting open season and quail hunting open season was based on 2021 data and forecasts for 2022. DEW prepares a report each year that summarises this data, which is available here.

Should conditions deteriorate or circumstances change, the Minister may revoke or revise the open season declarations prior to or during open seasons.

Information on specific permits required for hunting duck and quail, details of the open seasons, and useful resources can be found at the following links:

Open season duck hunting information

Open season quail hunting information