SOME south-west shooters missed their first taste of duck season on the weekend as below-average rainfall limited bag numbers in the region.
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Warrnambool Field and Game president Geoff Morris said many members had travelled outside the south-west to wetter parts of the state.

“I heard some were shooting their bag at the Yambuk Lake and others at Mount Emu,” Mr Morris said. “Without being spectacular, they got a feed.

“Some others were up at Kerang and I shot at the Rocklands Reservoir with a few Warrnambool shooters.

“We did quite well but others didn’t.”

He said due to dry south-west conditions many birds had flown to flooded New South Wales areas.

“Around the south-west is going to be quiet,” Mr Morris said. “It was looking very good two months ago but we’ve just had no rain at all. With water level dropping the birds don’t tend to hang around.

“Most shooters from around the Warrnambool area will be doing a bit of travelling.”

On Saturday the Coalition Against Duck Shooting posted videos online which it said showed hunters harassing volunteers at Lake Buloke, near Donald.

The rescuers claimed they also filmed a duck shooter firing at their group, abusing a female rescuer and violating welfare regulations by failing to kill a shot and wounded bird.

But Mr Morris told The Standard tensions with animal rights groups were not an issue in the south-west.

“As members we have to do stringent tests to be allowed to go shooting ducks and birds.

“Everyone undertakes that.

“Some people get frustrated with protestors jumping in their faces and 99 per cent of shooters are very well behaved.”

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