Flying into Waterfowl Hunting Season

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security has today opened Waterfowl Hunting Season on designated areas to permitted hunters.

This season’s daily limit is the same as last year at seven (7) magpie geese and ten (10) other listed waterfowl per person.

Hunters may hunt Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Magpie Goose, Hardhead Duck, Maned Duck, Wandering Whistling Duck, Plumed Whistling Duck, and Pink-eared Duck.

These limits have been established using the sustainable harvest model in the Wildlife Management Program for the Magpie Goose in the Northern Territory 2020 – 2030.

All hunters are strongly encouraged to download the NT Hunting Mate app, a waterfowl hunting guide to safe and authorised hunting. The app can be downloaded at

Hunting reserves include Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve, Howard Springs Hunting Reserve, Lambells Lagoon Conservation Reserve and Harrison Dam Conservation Reserve.

Hunters are reminded that shooting times change each month:

· September from 6am to 7pm.

· October from 6am to 7pm.

· November from 5:50am to 7:15pm.

· December from 5:50am to 7:30pm.

· January from 5:50am to 7:30pm.

The 2020 Waterfowl Hunting Season will close at 7.30pm on 23 December at Howard Springs Hunting Reserve and Lambells Lagoon Conservation Reserve, and 7.30pm on 4 January 2021 at all other locations.

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