META Survey Results
2002 Hunting in Victoria
 
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General Hunting in Victoria
(Total Respondents = 49)
 
1 Did you hunt in Victoria during 2002? Yes = 47 (95.92%), No = 2 (4.08%)

If yes, species nominated were:
Duck = 32 (65.31%)   Deer = 11 (22.45%)   Quail = 27 (55.10%)   Rabbit = 37 (75.51%)
Hare = 15 (30.61%)   Fox = 34 (69.39%)   Pig = 3 (6.12%)   Goat = 4 (8.16%)
 
2 Which hunting organization do you belong to?
ADA 5 (10.20%), FGA 36 (73.47%), SSAA 20 (40.82%)
 
3 Did you take part in any of the following education and/or conservation activities in 2002?
Hunting Organization Education sessions 12 (24.49%)
DSE Education sessions 3 (6.12%)
Game identification in the field 13 (26.53%)
Viewing the "Ducks In Sight" video 17 (34.69%)
Shooting practice (eg: Clay Targets) 40 (81.63%)
Duck Fever/Hunter Hangout Nights 18 (36.73%)
Game Conservation Activity 13 (26.53%)
Predator/Vermin Eradication 38 (77.55%)
Bird Count Participation 1 (2.04%)

4 Did you receive or see any of the following hunter education material in 2002?
"Victorian Hunting Guide 2002" 41 (83.67%)
A4 Leaflet "Duck Hunting In Victoria 2002" 14 (28.57%)

5 How would you like to renew your Game License?
In person at nearest DSE office 5 (10.20%)
By cheque in the mail 8 (16.33%)
BPay 15 (30.61%)
By telephone & credit card 14 (28.57%)
Over the Internet 16 (32.65%)
Australia Post BillPay 7 (14.29%)

6 Did you receive an official 2002 DSE Hunter Survey form? Yes = 4 (8.16%), No = 44 (89.80%)
If yes, did you complete it and return it to the DSE? Yes = 2 (4.08%), No = 2 (4.08%)

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Duck Hunting in Victoria
(Total Respondents = 52)
 
1 Did you hunt ducks in Victoria during the 2002 open season?
Yes = 48 (92.31%), No = 4 (7.69%)
 
2 Did you hunt ducks on the Opening Saturday (March 16, 2002)?
Yes = 40 (76.92%), No = 8 (15.38%)
 
3 Did you hunt ducks on the Opening Sunday (March 17, 2002)?
Yes = 36 (69.23%), No = 12 (23.08%)
 
4 On how many days after opening weekend did you hunt ducks in Victoria? 532 (10.23 avg)
 
5 Please indicate the nearest town and type of land hunted during the 2002 Season.
For Period Most Popular Public Private
Opening Saturday Sale, Benalla, Horsham 36 (69.23%) 12 (23.08%)
Opening Sunday Sale, Horsham, Trafalgar 29 (55.77%) 7 (13.46%)
Rest Of Season Woodside, Sale, Trafalgar 27 (51.92%) 26 (50.00%)
 
6 Please indicate the total number of ducks that you took on opening weekend, and during the
remainder of the season. Please be accurate and do not include ducks taken by other hunters.
Opening Opening Rest Of
Species Saturday Sunday Season
Black Duck 76 (1.46 avg) 81 (1.56 avg) 431 (8.29 avg)
Mountain Duck 4 (0.08 avg) 1 (0.02 avg) 26 (0.50 avg)
Grey Teal 70 (1.35 avg) 39 (0.75 avg) 549 (10.56 avg)
Chestnut Teal 7 (0.13 avg) 12 (0.23 avg) 84 (1.62 avg)
Blue Wing Shoveler 5 (0.10 avg) 1 (0.02 avg) 20 (0.38 avg)
Hardhead 2 (0.04 avg) 2 (0.04 avg) 68 (1.31 avg)
Pink-Ear Duck 0 (0.00 avg) 0 (0.00 avg) 11 (0.21 avg)
Wood Duck 69 (1.33 avg) 43 (0.83 avg) 417 (8.02 avg)
        Total 233 (4.48 avg) 179 (3.35 avg) 1606 (24.06 avg)
 
7 How many times did you achieve your bag during the 2002 Season? 84 (1.62 avg)
What do you consider the regular Bag Limit should have been in 2002? 10.63 Average
 
8 Please rate the DSE's performance in managing opportunities for duck hunting in 2002.
Excellent 0 (0.00%) Good 5 (9.62%) Satisfactory 18 (34.62%)
Poor 12 (23.08%) Very Poor 11 (21.15%) Not Sure 1 (1.92%)
 
9 Please indicate your Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) Grade of:
AA 32 (61.54%) A 3 (5.77%) B 5 (9.62%) C 5 (9.62%)
 
10 How much did you spend on Duck Hunting during 2002 for each of the following?
Description Amount $
Fuel, Motor Vehicle Expenses, Travel Expenses 26130 (502.50 avg)
Accommodation, Lodging, Camping Fees 3015 (57.98 avg)
Food, Supplies, Clothing 12330 (237.12 avg)
Hunting Accessories 7085 (136.25 avg)
Guns & Ammunition 39180 (753.46 avg)
Government Licences & Taxes 2664 (51.23 avg)
Hunting Membership Fees 4100 (78.85 avg)
Other costs incurred while duck hunting 5540 (106.54 avg)
        Total 100044 (1923.92 avg)

 
11 What percentage of your total ducks taken were for human consumption? 99.62% Average
 
12 Which Duck Hunting Regulation do you consider most unjustified?
    Bag Limits = 21 (48.84%)
    Head Or Wing = 9 (20.93%)
    Starting Times = 6 (13.95%)
 
13 What/who do you consider is the biggest threat to Duck Hunting in Victoria?
    DSE = 20 (42.55%)
    State Government = 6 (12.77%)
    Animal Liberation = 6 (12.77%)
 
14 What single species would you like added to the Victorian Game list?
    Snipe = 15 (48.39%)
    Black Swan = 4 (12.90%)
    Freckled Duck = 4 (12.90%)
 
15 Overall, please rate the DSE's performance in Duck Game Management in 2003.
Excellent 0 (0.00%) Good 1 (1.92%) Satisfactory 6 (11.54%)
Poor 24 (46.15%) Very Poor 15 (28.85%) Not Sure 2 (3.85%)
 
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Quail Hunting in Victoria
(Total Respondents = 37)
 
1 Did you hunt quail in the 2002 open season?
Yes = 34 (91.89%), No = 3 (8.11%)
 
2 Did you hunt quail on the Opening Saturday (April 6, 2002)?
Yes = 18 (48.65%), No = 15 (40.54%)
 
3 Did you hunt quail on the Opening Sunday (April 7, 2002)?
Yes = 5 (13.51%), No = 28 (75.68%)
 
4 On how many days after opening weekend did you hunt quail in Victoria? 168 (4.54 avg)
 
5 Please indicate the total number of quail taken being as accurate as possible.
Opening Saturday 206 (5.57 avg)
Opening Sunday 70 (1.89 avg)
Rest of Season 1299 (35.11 avg)
 
6 Please indicate the hunting method/s that you used to hunt quail.
For Period Walk Up Gundog
Opening Saturday (06Apr02) 14 (37.84%) 8 (21.62%)
Opening Sunday (07Apr02) 3 (8.11%) 3 (8.11%)
Rest of Season (08Apr02 to 30Jun02) 19 (51.35%) 19 (51.35%)
 
7 Please indicate the nearest town to where you hunted quail in 2002 and the type of
habitat on which you hunted.
For Period Nearest Town Stubble Grass Other
Opening Saturday Sale, Bolac, Heathcote 6 (16.22%) 10 (27.03%) 1 (2.70%)
Opening Sunday Cressy, Bolac, Minyip 7 (18.92%) 5 (13.51%) 0 (0.00%)
Rest Of Season Woodside, Minyip, Bolac 10 (27.03%) 15 (40.54%) 2 (5.41%)
 
8 Did you hunt quail on a State Game Reserve? Yes = 8 (21.62%), No = 23 (62.16%)
 
9 Did you see any immature (young) quail while hunting? Yes = 9 (24.32%), No = 23 (62.16%)
 
10 Did you see any Plains Wanderers while hunting? Yes = 1 (2.70%), No = 31 (83.78%)
 
11 Please rate the DSE's performance in managing opportunities for quail hunting in 2002.
Excellent 2 (5.41%) Good 10 (27.03%) Satisfactory 7 (18.92%)
Poor 4 (10.81%) Very Poor 5 (13.51%) Not Sure 4 (10.81%)
 
12 How much did you spend on Quail Hunting during 2002 for each of the following?
Description Amount $
Fuel, Motor Vehicle Expenses, Travel Expenses 8930 (241.35 avg)
Accommodation, Lodging, Camping Fees 1650 (44.59 avg)
Food, Supplies, Clothing 4210 (113.78 avg)
Hunting Accessories 1950 (52.70 avg)
Guns & Ammunition 16215 (438.24 avg)
Government Licences & Taxes 1179 (31.86 avg)
Hunting Membership Fees 1680 (45.41 avg)
Other costs incurred while quail hunting 3795 (102.57 avg)
        Total 39609 (1070.51 avg)
 
13 What percentage of your total quail taken were for human consumption? 100.00% Average
 
14 What/who do you consider is the biggest threat to Quail Hunting in Victoria?
    DSE = 6 (23.08%)
    Drought = 5 (19.23%)
    Farming Practices = 5 (19.23%)
 
15 What single species would you like added to the Victorian Game list?
    Brown Quail = 6 (33.33%)
    Snipe = 4 (22.22%)
    Topknot Pidgeon = 3 (16.67%)
 
16 Overall, please rate the DSE's performance in Quail Game Management in 2003.
Excellent 0 (0.00%) Good 12 (32.43%) Satisfactory 6 (16.22%)
Poor 3 (8.11%) Very Poor 7 (18.92%) Not Sure 4 (10.81%)
 
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Deer Hunting in Victoria
(Total Respondents = 18)
 
1 Did you hunt deer in Victoria during the 2002 Season? Yes = 11 (61.11%), No = 7 (38.89%)
 
2 How many days did you hunt deer in Victoria during the 2002 open season? 110 (6.11 avg)
 
3 Which species of deer did you hunt in Victoria during 2002?
Hog 1 (5.56%), Sambar 8 (44.44%), Red 0 (0.00%), Fallow 3 (16.67%)
 
4 Please show the total number of deer that you personally took during 2002 in the table
below. Also show the number of hunting trips and days that you hunted each species.
Number Hunting Days Deer
Species Taken Trips Hunting Seen
Hog Deer 1 (0.06 avg) 1 (0.06 avg) 4 (0.22 avg) 1 (0.06 avg)
Sambar (Stalking) 2 (0.11 avg) 31 (1.72 avg) 65 (3.61 avg) 46 (2.56 avg)
Sambar (Hounds) 1 (0.06 avg) 19 (1.06 avg) 27 (1.50 avg) 2 (0.11 avg)
Red Deer 0 (0.00 avg) 0 (0.00 avg) 0 (0.00 avg) 5 (0.28 avg)
Fallow Deer 5 (0.28 avg) 10 (0.56 avg) 13 (0.72 avg) 61 (3.39 avg)
        Total 9 (0.50 avg) 61 (3.39 avg) 109 (6.06 avg) 115 (6.39 avg)
 
5 Please indicate the hunting methods used to hunt each species of deer.
Rifle Bow Scent
Species Stalking Stalking Hounds Gundogs
Hog Deer 2 (11.11%) 0 (0.00%)
Sambar Deer 8 (44.44%) 0 (0.00%) 3 (16.67%) 1 (5.56%)
Red Deer 1 (5.56%) 1 (5.56%)
Fallow Deer 4 (22.22%) 1 (5.56%)
 
6 If you hunted Sambar Deer using scent-trailing hounds please indicate the following.
Average number of hunters in group 20 (5.00 avg)
Average number of hounds in group 14 (3.50 avg)
 
7 Please indicate the following for where you hunted deer during 2002.
State National Private
Species Nearest Town Forrest Park Land
Hog Deer Loch Sport 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%)
Sambar (Stalking) Bruthen, Dargo, Swifts Creek 3 (16.67%) 2 (11.11%) 1 (5.56%)
Sambar (Hounds) Marysville 1 (5.56%) 0 (0.00%)
Red Deer 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%)
Fallow Deer South Gippsland, Omeo 2 (11.11%)
 
8 Please rate the DSE's performance in managing opportunities for deer hunting in 2002.
Excellent 0 (0.00%) Good 0 (0.00%) Satisfactory 5 (27.78%)
Poor 1 (5.56%) Very Poor 2 (11.11%) Not Sure 1 (5.56%)
 
9 How much did you spend on Deer Hunting during 2002 for each of the following?
Description Amount $
Fuel, Motor Vehicle Expenses, Travel Expenses 8560 (475.56 avg)
Accommodation, Lodging, Camping Fees 200 (11.11 avg)
Food, Supplies, Clothing 2610 (145.00 avg)
Hunting Accessories 2800 (155.56 avg)
Guns & Ammunition 2700 (150.00 avg)
Government Licences & Taxes 279 (15.50 avg)
Hunting Membership Fees 240 (13.33 avg)
Other costs incurred while deer hunting 1360 (75.56 avg)
        Total 18749 (1041.61 avg)
 
10 What percentage of your total deer taken were for human consumption? 100.00% Average
 
11 What/who do you consider is the biggest threat to Deer Hunting in Victoria?
    DSE = 3 (33.33%)
    Animal Liberationists = 1 (11.11%)
    Public Ignorance = 1 (11.11%)
 
12 What single species would you like added to the Victorian Game list?
    Fallow Deer = 2 (40.00%)
    Rusa = 1 (20.00%)
    Sika = 1 (20.00%)
 
13 Overall, please rate the DSE's performance in Deer Game Management in 2003.
Excellent 0 (0.00%) Good 0 (0.00%) Satisfactory 5 (27.78%)
Poor 1 (5.56%) Very Poor 2 (11.11%) Not Sure 1 (5.56%)
 
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