Last week’s news that Victoria’s 50,000-plus recreational game hunters will be compensated for lost hunting opportunities with an extension to current game licences by one year has been welcomed by the Member for Ripon, Louise Staley.
Under the State Government’s mandatory social distancing measures, game hunting has been banned. The game hunting seasons for hog and sambar deer, stubble quail and gamebirds have already been impacted and the upcoming duck hunting season will only be allowed on the property that you live on.
Ms Staley was pleased that the expiry date of all current game licences administered by the Game Management Authority will be extended by 12 months, allowing hunters to get the full value of their licence fee.
“Ripon has many local hunters, and this announcement will ensure those hunters can resume their sport when it is safe to do so,” Ms Staley said.
“Disappointingly though this decision has taken far too long to come. I have received many emails and calls from frustrated hunters across Ripon wanting to know what is happening with the season, their licences and whether they can legally hunt,”
“Game hunting is a sport that many people in Ripon participate in and enjoy every year. I know this year has been challenging and frustrating for many people,”
“I remind all hunters that Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has advised that to help slow the spread of coronavirus, people must not leave their property to go hunting.”