Duck hunting is permitted in certain areas of GMW storages during the Victorian Duck Hunting Season. Recreation reserves and water distribution and irrigation assets are off limits to hunters.
The Game Management Authority (GMA) has advised that the 2019 duck hunting season will be modified from twelve to nine weeks, commencing on Saturday 16 March 2019 and closing on Sunday 19 May 2019.
Hunters will be restricted to four game ducks per day on the opening weekend, with a five game duck per day bag limit for the remainder of the nine week season. The hunting of Blue-winged Shoveler will again be prohibited throughout the entire season.
As per last year, hunting on the opening weekend of the 2019 season will commence at 9.00 am on Saturday and 8.00 am on Sunday across the whole of Victoria as part of a two-year trial of opening the season during daylight hours. For the rest of the season, hunting times will revert to the standard period of half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
Duck hunters need to be aware that private property can adjoin GMW land, waterways and storages, and hunters are required to seek the consent of the landholder to hunt or pass through private property.
Hunters should respect private property and the rights of landholders and others not participating in duck hunting activities.
Hunting is generally not permitted in National Parks, State Parks, Conservation and Flora Fauna Reserves but some exceptions may apply. For information about hunting in these areas contact Parks Victoria on 13 19 63.
For more information, refer to the maps below.
Duck Hunting Maps
Please note that public access for any purpose (including duck hunting) is prohibited along GMW’s channel system at all times.
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.
For information on populous places and responsibilities under the Firearms Act 1996, visit the Victoria Police website.
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.
- Duck hunting is not allowed along the GMW channel network at any time.
- Hunters should be aware that water levels may change depending on conditions. Stay up to date with water storage levels.
- Current blue-green algae alerts can be found at our blue-green algae page.
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.
GMW does not guarantee the suitability of its waterways and storages for hunting activities and reserves the right to withdraw any prior approval given in relation to the activity if it believes that the operation of the storage, water quality and/or the safety of participants or other users may be compromised.