"It hurts. I feel it in the gut"
Quail carnage unacceptable
From April 26 to May 30, our tiny native quail will be "flushed" by dogs and blasted by shotguns for the "fun" of a few, from 8am each day.
Government harvest data shows Victoria's native Stubble Quail are in alarming decline.
The first ever "count" of the species in 2022 found just 101. This tiny number was extrapolated up by the "independent" regulator to a dubious 3.1 million, with a high error indicator of 29%. Since the count, unprecedented floods would have hurt quail numbers further.
There is no data for the impact of quail shooting on threatened species like the crtitically endangered Plains Wanderer, no shooter acuracy tests required and toxic lead ammunition still allowed to shoot quail at wetlands, in forests, crown land and public wildlife reserves as well as on private properties - some used for food growing!