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Selecting the right hunting boot

5th of July 2016

 A great explanatory video from Hunters Element explaining what to look for in a hunting boot. Why a full shank is better for carrying loads, what the rand on the sides of the boots is for and how boots are made waterproof. A bit long winded but a great no nonsense video on selecting the right boot for your hunting.


Hunters Element

2016 Victorian Duck Season Arrangements

23rd of February 2016

It took a while, but.... Here are the arrangements for the 2016 Victorian Duck Season.

2016 duck season arrangements

Season length (normal)

Season opens - Saturday, 19 March 2016
Season closes - Monday, 13 June 2016

Season bag limits (modified)

Daily bag limit on opening day (Saturday 19 March only) 8 birds, no Blue-winged Shoveler
Daily bag limit for every other day of the season (20 March - 13 June) -  4 birds per day, no Blue-winged Shoveler

Game Duck Species

Seven of the eight species of game duck can be hunted during 2016. They are, Pacific Black Duck, Mountain Duck , Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Wood Duck and Hardhead.

Note that, Blue-winged Shoveler can not be hunted during the 2016 season due to their continued low numbers.

Male Blue-Winged Shoveller Female Blue Winged Shoveler

Male (left) and female (right) Blue-winged Shoveler

All other arrangements remain unchanged.  The Game Hunting Victoria App will be updated shortly to reflect the season modifications.

Hunters are reminded that only non-toxic shot can be used to hunt ducks anywhere in Victoria.  

Please check the GMA website closer to the beginning of the season to see if wetlands have been closed to hunting.

Further information on having a successful season can be found on the Victorian Game Management Authority website, and hunters are reminded to hunt safely at all times.

2016 Duck Season Fact Sheet

Victorian Game Management Authority

South Australian Duck Season for 2016 announced

11th of January 2016

South Australia has announced it's duck season. See following for details.

An open season for a limited number of duck species has been approved from Saturday 19 March to Sunday 26 June 2016. Hunters may only take a total of 5 ducks per hunter per day.

The species to which the open season applies is limited to the following:

  • Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
  • Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
  • Australian Wood Duck (Maned Duck) (Chenonetta jubata)
  • Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)
  • Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
  • Mountain Duck (Australasian Shelduck) (Tadorna tadornoides)  
In previous years hunters have been able to shoot Blue-winged Shoveler and Hardhead ducks. These species are not available to hunt in 2016.
Closed season for: 
  • Australasian (Blue-winged) Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
  • Hardhead (Aythya australis)

To shoot duck in South Australia a duck hunting permit is required. In order to obtain a duck hunting permit, hunters must have passed a Waterfowl Identification Test and have a firearms permit for a shotgun.

Individuals hunting on private land are required to have the written permission of the landowner.

Information taken from:

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)

Open Source

Get ready for Duck Season 2016 early. WIT information.

9th of October 2015

Get ready for the 2016 duck season. With the GMA Practice tests and information.

Waterfowl identification practice test

The practice test on this page is for use by people intending to sit the Waterfowl Identification Test.

The practice test is shorter than the real test in that it only has 14 video clips and associated questions, whereas the real test contains 22 questions.

Please note that the bird sequences and questions in the practice test are different to those in the real Waterfowl Identification Test.  The practice test is provided to assist you in preparing for the real Waterfowl Identification Test by helping you familiarise yourself with the test format.

Instructions for practice test
  • Print the practice test paper (PDF)
  • Watch the video for instructions and to complete the practice test
  • Mark your results against the answers on the back of the practice test paper

Waterfowl Identification Practice Test Paper (Word)

Practice test, as per GMA website.

Beyond The Divide - Series 3

30th of April 2015

Since 2013, Beyond The Divide has broken new ground in this country, bringing hunting to television with its highly successful series 1 & 2. The good news is, that’s the wait is over and Beyond The Divide returns to CH44 with Series 3, proudly presented by Beretta Australia, starting this week.

The Antenna awards recognise excellence in community television, and last year at the event held in federation square Melbourne, BTD was nominated in two categories and was awarded “most outstanding Outdoor program”

Host Rob Fickling says “Over the last 12 months we’ve been hard at it again, and have filmed across four continents with hunts taking place from Australia, NZ, Africa and the US”. As always, these hunts are completely free range and the series kicks off from next Thursday with an exciting episode hunting South Australian fallow bucks in the rut.

Throughout the series viewers will get to see Fallow, Red, Sika and Sambar hunts, as well as a an archery drop camp backcountry adventure in Idaho, and an amazing insight into truly wild Africa with a Cape Buffalo hunt in the Caprivi strip of Namibia.
Robs says; “It’s been a big year and it’s hard to pick a favourite but the series opens with some really exciting hunts, particularly so because they are rut hunts, and there is nothing quite like Fallow bucks and Red stags in full voice. Our backcountry Sika hunt is also a standout for me as I love getting into the wilderness, and it’s been great to also bring in our first Sambar hunt, from the heart of the Alpine National Park in Victoria”.

With so much hype and misinformation about African hunting in the press recently, its timely to note that the hunt in Namibia was definitely one of my favourites, and I went there for a reason as I wanted to showcase the world leading game management that takes place there, and how the conservancy system is set up to benefit locals from sustainable game management. These episodes really do makes some great viewing as one thing for sure, is when you step onto the ground in wild Africa, you take a step down the food chain. Just wait until you see what unfolds when we get in close with wild lions and Cape buffalo and then help out a local village with a government issued, problem animal permit for a particularly dangerous Bull hippo.

National Screening times for Series 3 of Beyond The Divide are as follows:
Melbourne Thursday April 30 9pm
Adelaide Thursday April 30 9pm
Sydney Tuesday May 5th 9pm
Brisbane Tuesday May 5th 9pm
Perth Tuesday May 5th 8.30pm

For those in regional areas web streaming is available via the website and for Foxtel viewers Series 1 starts from Mid-July on the Aurora channel.


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