Shorter NT waterfowl season

The Northern Territory Government has announced the 2016 Waterfowl Hunting Season will open at 6.15 am on October 1, for a period of 12 weeks.

The shorter season and a reduced daily bag limit of seven Magpie geese per person and 10 ducks per person is designed to reduce the risk of population decline.

Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins said extensive monitoring of the waterfowl populations and nesting was used to inform its decision-making.

“Due to the poor wet seasons the Top End has experienced in the past couple of years, Magpie geese nesting has declined to historically low levels, which has led to our decision to reduce the duration of this year’s season from 16 weeks to 12 weeks,” he said.

“Waterfowl hunting in the Top End is a popular recreational activity amongst Territorians and visitors, but it is also important to maintain the balance between the desires of the hunting community and the Territory lifestyle with the long term sustainability of Magpie geese populations.”

“The delayed start of the season was chosen to ensure geese populations would be well established in dry season habitat prior to hunting starting.”

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