Waterfowl Hunting Season kicks off with a bang


The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security has today opened Waterfowl Hunting Season on designated areas to permitted hunters.

This season’s per person daily limit is seven (7) magpie geese and ten (10) for other listed waterfowl per person.

These limits have been established using the sustainable harvest model in the Wildlife Management Program for the Magpie Goose in the Northern Territory 2020 – 2030.

Hunters may hunt Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Magpie Goose, Hardhead Duck, Maned Duck, Wandering Whistling Duck, Plumed Whistling Duck, and Pink-eared Duck.

Hunting reserves include Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve, Howard Springs Hunting Reserve, Lambells Lagoon Conservation Reserve and Harrison Dam Conservation Reserve.

Hunters are reminded that shooting times change each month:

  • September from 6am to 7pm.
  • October from 6am to 7pm.
  • November from 5:50am to 7:15pm.
  • December from 5:50am to 7:30pm.
  • January from 5:50am to 7:30pm.

The 2022 Waterfowl Hunting Season will close at 7.30pm on 23 December at Howard Springs Hunting Reserve and Lambells Lagoon Conservation Reserve, and 7.30pm on 9 January 2023 at all other locations.

For more information visit nt.gov.au/waterfowl

Quotes from Kristen Hay, Director of Wildlife Operations.

“Waterfowl Hunting Season is a key highlight on the calendar of many Territorians and it is wonderful to see the majority do the right thing every year.

“We want everyone to enjoy themselves safely and legally. All hunters are required to have a permit prior to hunting on reserves, and we ask that everyone looks after the hunting reserves and disposes of waste appropriately this season and taking all rubbish with them.

“Hunters are reminded that lead and zinc shot is toxic to the environment and at high enough levels can also cause health issues in humans and is banned when hunting waterfowl.

“Also remember we live and play in croc country. Always Be Crocwise when hunting in and around waterways.

“Park rangers conduct patrols of hunting grounds, so ensure you have your permit with you and you abide by the permit conditions.”

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