The 2022 season will start at 8:00 am on Wednesday 16 March 2022 and will close 30 minutes after sunset on Monday 13 June 2022.
Hunting start times will be delayed until 8:00am from Wednesday 16 March to Sunday 20 March, inclusive.
The daily bag limit is four birds and hunters are prohibited from hunting the Blue-winged Shoveler and Hardhead across Victoria, as both species were recently listed as threatened due to declining populations.
Reducing the bag limit is a more effective way to reduce seasonal harvest and ensure that duck hunting remains sustainable. This is why the bag limit has been reduced, rather than the season length.
The arrangements for the 2022 duck season are based on analysis and modelling of habitat and waterbird surveys conducted across eastern Australia and data relating to game duck abundance, habitat distribution and climate.