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Australia Duck Hunting nearly non existant

Postby kiwismakebetterhunters » Thu Jul 07, 2005 6:18 pm

I see that alot of you guys ask about Australia which has quite an array of duck spieces.I would suggest you type into your search engines" Duck shooting Australia".Will you find hunting tips, guides , spieces identification or hunting chat sites? The simple answer is No. What you will see is something like "SPCA" or "coilition against Duck Shooting" or "Hunting now banned in most states."Australians also have ridiculous gun laws but thats another story.

The sad truth is that most people in the western world see duck shooting as wrong and activists see hunters as red neck cowards who mame and torture birds in the name of sport.

The following happened in the huge state of Queensland:

The SPCA (You guys have one too) fundraising officer Kerry Cutting said thousands of native ducks and quails were injured, maimed or killed in the name of the recreational sport each year.

She said this year Environment Minister Desley Boyle had cancelled the season because of a drop in bird numbers caused by the drought.

"But it wasn't really a judgment based on the welfare or cruelty aspect and that's really what we want to get through," she said.

Speaking at a rally in Brisbane city's King George Square, Ms Cutting said the RSPCA had joined forces with Birds Queensland, the Queensland Conservation Council, Animal Liberation Queensland and the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland to ensure the season never reopened.

Ms Cutting said more than the legally sanctioned ducks and quails ended up in the firing line during the hunting season.



"Even experienced bird watchers find it difficult to tell the differences between species in the air - so often swans end up getting shot," she said.

"A lot of them don't die instantly, it's pretty agonising - they literally fall to the ground maimed."

Ms Cutting said the lead shot used to hit the birds usually then ended up being ingested by other animals - leading to lead poisoning and, in some cases, death.

She said Queensland was one of the only Australian states that still allowed the cruel and archaic spot.

"Because of the inherent cruelty, duck shooting has never been allowed in the ACT and it's banned in Western Australia and New South Wales," she said.

"At the moment, really Queensland and Victoria are the main states who have a problem with it."

Ms Cutting said although there were only 400 registered duck shooters in Queensland, last year almost 11,000 ducks and 3,000 quails were shot.

Birds Queensland vice president Mike West said the rally was an expression of outrage from people sick of seeing animals hurt needlessly.



I must admit personally there are hunters out there who give the rest of us a bad name, shooting at ducks well over 50 meters ,not abiding by regulations and mocking people against duck hunting with violence.

The PETA and other groups are listened to , do have an impact and should be treated seriously!

Its the international people using this site (me!!!) who say we need to give ourselves a better image ,not to condone the actions of idiots and take a woman a kid or a mate hunting!!!!!!!!
Australian duckhunters were outnumbered and the more people we have shooting and the better our image, the longer we can enjoy our tradition, our well managed enviroment ,our sport and reap the health benifits of game meat! :thumbsup:

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Postby kiwismakebetterhunters » Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:49 am

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The following is what has happened in other states


Western Australia

The Western Australian Government banned recreational duck shooting in 1990. The then Premier, Dr Carmen Lawrence, in a Media release stated:

"Our community has reached a stage of enlightenment where it can no longer accept the institutionalised killing of native birds for recreation."

New South Wales

In November 1995, the NSW Government banned recreational duck shooting. Legislation successfully passed through both houses of the NSW parliament.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service cracks down on shooters on rice fields in that state. Scientists have commenced a scientific study on rice fields. It is now thought that instead of waterbirds damaging crops, they may in fact be helping rice farmers by keeping the real pests down, such as blood worms, snails and other invertebrates.


South Australia

South Australia banned lead shot in 1994. Shooter numbers in that state have decreased to about 2,000.

Victoria

In Victoria, duck shooter numbers have drastically decreased from 95,000 in 1986 to about 20,000 on the Department of Natural Resources database. However, over the last few years, the numbers of duck shooters on the state's wetlands dropped to less than 5,000. In 2001, only about 3,000 duck shooters were active.

The huge decrease is largely due to changing public opinion. The public today sees the shooting of native waterbirds as an outdated, anti-social activity that is no longer acceptable in our society.

The Victorian Labor Party has a policy to ban recreational duck shooting.

In a media-based campaign, public opinion has been the main catalyst in reducing the numbers of duck shooters. The decrease in numbers has also been due to the introduction of a Waterfowl Identification Test for shooters in 1990. Changes to Australia's Gun laws have further reduced the numbers of duck shooters. In 1997, following the tragedy at Port Arthur in Tasmania (where 35 people were shot and killed by a lone gunman), Prime Minister John Howard and state premiers banned semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns: This and the 2002 ban on lead shot have greatly impacted on the remaining few duck shooters.


CRAZY AUSSIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby kiwismakebetterhunters » Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:39 pm

wanna live in aussie?
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Postby DROPDUX » Sat Jul 16, 2005 11:41 am

I'd rather live in Fallon, NV. Everyone owns a gun.
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Postby Quackcephus » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:57 am

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Postby Novamag » Wed Aug 24, 2005 5:13 am

Dang I used to think the Aussies were more level headed than that, just another gang of libs I guess.
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Postby Greg Wile » Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:47 pm

The Aussies are more British than the British are. At least the Brits still hunt some game and haven't confiscated all the publics arms.
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Postby kiwismakebetterhunters » Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:54 pm

I think the aussies have just confiscated semis and autos.
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Postby Mattquack » Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:07 pm

That's a bunch of malarky if I ever heard it. Damn hippies. If they want to smoke their grass, that's okay with me. Just don't take things to such an extreme. Waterfowl conservation in the U.S. is mainly due to those of us who hunt waterfowl. go figure. We enjoy the activity, therefore we work the hardest to preserve what we love.

Damn Hippies. :pissed:
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