HUNTERS have experienced the best opening to a duck hunting season in years on district wetlands.
An estimated 2000 hunters converged on The Marshes, north-west of Kerang, and the opening morning ended with many bagging the limit of 10 wild ducks or close to it.
Hunters at Lake Lyndger, near Boort, also found a large population of ducks and many will return home with a meal of wild ducks.
There were reports of good numbers shot on other district wetlands, rivers and streams.
About 200 anti-hunting protesters converged on the Marshes, most dressed in high-visibility jackets and blowing whistles.
A number entered the water before the opening started, sparking a war of words between some hunters and protesters.
Coalition Against Duck Shooting co-ordinator, Laurie Levy was issued with a $930 penalty notice and issued with a banning notice prohibiting him from entering wetlands for the remainder of the year. He indicated that he will continue his campaign despite his latest fine.
The first shots rang out about 10 minutes before the scheduled opening time on a fine, mild morning, but the Game Management Authority was generally pleased with hunter behaviour.