Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of commonly asked questions when it comes to participating in Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (Victoria (SSAA Vic)) events. If you have a question that we have not answered below, please drop us a line at info@wgaa.com.au

What do the dogs retrieve?

ANSWER - Our trials are held using Dokken Dead Fowl Trainers which are artificial game used to test the dogs retrieving abilities.

What game do the dogs hunt in a field trial?

ANSWER - Field trials for pointing dogs held in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania are traditionally conducted on stubble quail during the quail season. Quail are shot and retrieved by the dogs. States with no quail season conduct closed season field trials for pointing dogs. Game farms provide non-indigenous game bids that are also used in field trials. Trials for flushing dogs are conducted on rabbits.

Do gundogs need to have pedigree papers to participate in SSAA Retrieving Trials?

ANSWER - The WGAA (SSAA Vic) has its own registration system and all dogs participating in WGAA (SSAA Vic) events must be registered on the WGAA National data base. Gundogs without papers from any other recognised canine authority can still be registered on the WGAA National database as a ‘true to type’ gundog.

Do I need to be a member of the relevant State Kennel Control Council to participate in SSAA Retrieving Trials?

ANSWER - No, our governing body is the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, and you are not required to be a member of your relevant state canine authority.

Do I need to be a member of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia to participate in SSAA events?

ANSWER - Yes. WGAA is a sub club of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia.

Am I insured at SSAA events?

ANSWER - Yes, SSAA hold current insurances that cover you for all activities held at our events. When you arrive at a WGAA event, be it a social event, training day or a trial, you will be asked to sign the attendance book. By signing you are covered by the SSAA's insurance at our event.

Do I need to hold a gun licence to participate in SSAA Retrieving Trials?

ANSWER - No. All our judges hold current Firearms Licences and you are under their supervision when handling our shotguns. However, we encourage all members to obtain a firearms licence.

Do I need to hold a gun licence to participate in SSAA Field Trials?

ANSWER - Yes. Field trials are conducted using live rounds.

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