The 2016 duck hunting season will open on Saturday 19 March and close on Monday 13 June.
The season will have a normal length of 12 weeks. However due to dry conditions around the state that has resulted in changes to bag limits and species that are available for hunting. You can find more information about this in the 2016 Hunting Factsheet or on the Victorian Game Management Authority (GMA) website.
Duck hunting is permitted in certain areas of GMW storages during the 2016 Victorian Duck Hunting Season. Recreation reserves and water distribution and irrigation assets are off limits to hunters. For more information, refer to the maps below.
Please note that some of the below water storages are currently experiencing high levels of blue-green algae. Blue-green algae contain toxins that can be harmful to humans and animals. The public are advised to avoid direct contact with water that contains high levels of blue-green algae. It is also recommended that animals do not enter or drink the affected water.
For locations and more information about blue-green algae visit our blue-green algae alerts and public warning webpage.
For information about duck hunting and blue-green algae read the GMA's duck hunting and blue-green algae fact sheet.
Duck Hunting Maps
Please note that public access for any purpose (including duck hunting) is prohibited along GMW’s channel system at all times.
GMW is upgrading the Tullaroop Reservoir’s main embankment to bring it in line with current Australian dam design and construction standards.
To ensure the safety of road users and the construction team during the upgrade, the road across the reservoir’s main embankment (Rodborough Road, Majorca) is closed from 4 January to 30 June 2016.
As a result, there is no public access to the reservoir’s foreshore from the area around the main embankment. Access via alternate public roads and private property (with access by owner permission only) is still available for hunters.
Our water storages are used by many people for a range of activities and it’s important that all visitors, including hunters, consider other members of the public and the environment, by acting in a safe and responsible manner.
Hunters must not shoot in public recreational areas and around storage assets, even during duck hunting season.
These areas are clearly signposted and are shown on the maps above.
Please note that:
- Camping is not permitted on GMW managed foreshore or perimeter land (with the exception of Commercial Caravan Parks and Clubs)
- Campfires are not permitted in GMW reserves or foreshore and lakebed areas. Electric barbecues are available at some reserves (see map)
- No rubbish services are available in GMW managed recreation reserves, please take your rubbish home and dispose of appropriately.
For more information about how to have a safe and successful duck season, visit the Game Management Authority website.
- Irresponsible, unsafe or illegal behaviour related to duck hunting can be reported anonymously to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning by phoning 136 186.
- All firearms related issued or incidents should be reported to the Victoria Police by dialing 000.