Four men changed with hunting offences

FOUR Wimmera men have been charged after they shot a cockatoo and hunted too close to houses.

Wimmera regional firearms officer Leading Senior Constable Alan Pignataro said the men would face Edenhope Magistrate's Court at a later date.

They were charged with discharging firearms in a populace place, using toxic shot and destroying protected wildlife. 

Senior Constable said the men were hunting in close proximity to houses in the Harrow-Douglas area and using lead shots, which were illegal to use over Victorian waters.

He said a cockatoo was shot. 

It comes after the 2017 duck hunting season opened at the weekend.

Aside from that incident Senior Constable Pignataro said it had been a good start to the duck season, with minimal issues.