There is no justification for killing and injuring native waterbirds for recreation. It is cruel and unnecessary.
When a shotgun is fired at flying ducks or other waterbirds, it is common for birds to be wounded, not killed. That’s because shotguns create a spray of pellets that often miss a bird’s vital organs. An Australian study (Norman & Powell, 1981) found at least one in four native ducks shot are wounded - not killed outright – by shotgun pellets.
About half the wounded birds will survive, while the other half will be crippled. Many of these will suffer a slow, painful death due to starvation, predation, infection or exposure. With little formal monitoring of duck and quail hunting activities, accurate statistics are difficult to obtain. Some estimates place the wounding (injury) rate significantly higher.
Additionally, we do not know how many non-target (including threatened) species are shot by mistake or how many wounded birds are not retrieved and killed humanely.
Why is recreational duck shooting (hunting) still allowed?
Three Australian states have already banned recreational duck hunting – Western Australia in 1990, NSW in 1995, and Queensland in 2005.
Yet, more than 30 years later, this activity continues here in South Australia, despite broad community support for a ban.
South Australian polling (ReachTEL, 2020) indicates almost three-quarters of respondents oppose duck & quail hunting and would support their MP to push for a ban. Polling also suggests tourists are deterred from visiting areas where shooting occurs.
How can I help?
The only way to protect birds from the inevitable suffering caused by recreational duck hunting, is to amend legislation and ban it.
Your voice can make a significant difference. Simply enter your postcode and we’ll show you how to take action to support a ban on duck hunting in South Australia.