Wood ducks criticism over call for lower duck bag

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The Shooting Sports Council of Victoria asked Government to reduce the bag limit this duck season, in direct contrast to the submissions made by SSAA and the Field and Game Association.

The president of the Shooting Sports Council of Victoria (SSCV), Colin Wood, is refusing to resign his position on the board of the Victorian branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) after his controversial call to shorten the 2016 duck hunting season, which flew in the face of the recommendations of the SSAA.

According to an article in the Weekly Times, Wood drew anger among shooters, because the SSCV (which claims a membership of 40,000) asked the Government to impose a bag limit of seven birds for the first two days and five birds daily. The council also wanted to shorten the season by three weeks.

Most hunting groups, not­ably the SSAA and Field and Game Australia, pushed for a full season with the full 10-bird-a-day bag limit.

Victoria will have a full duck hunting season from March 19 to June 26, with reduced bag limits of eight birds on opening day, down to four a day for the rest of the season.

A SSAA Victoria spokeswoman said there were no plans to remove Mr Wood from its board.

“Colin Wood is a current member of the SSAA board and his position is not up for consideration,” she said.

Mr Wood was for 10 years the hunting and conservation manager of SSAA Victoria and has been a senior vice-president of the organisation.

 “I don’t apologise for the position we took (on the 2016 season),” Mr Wood said.

 “I am surprised any organisation would have gone for a full season. We obviously took the most responsible position.”

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