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Both Barrels May 2023
The Freshwater Policy Review will set the management priorities for our wetlands, lakes and rivers for a generation.
Both Barrels April 2023
It’s no secret this has been one of the wettest years in this region. Farmers carefully watching their ponds, drains and wetlands tell us this has certainly helped breeding mallards,...
Both Barrels March 2023
Welcome to our first Both Barrels of the 2023 hunting season.
Both Barrels July 2022
If you’ve been driving through the country recently, keeping an eye on likely spots, you will have noticed just how many mallard pairs there are.
Both Barrels June 2022
Hunters in this region were somewhat divided in our phone surveys as to whether there were more, the same or less mallard ducks this year.
Both Barrels May 2022
Opening Weekend started well with more shooting than we have heard for years, perhaps as those hunters lucky enough to have water in their ponds capitalised on all the ducks...
Both Barrels April 2022
The past several years of drought have been a tough time for both ducks and duck-hunters, and one would have expected that it would take several years for waterfowl to...
Both Barrels March 2022
Both Barrels will start in earnest in April, giving all hunters access to some of the best minds in game bird hunting in New Zealand.
Both Barrels July 2021
The Special Paradise Shelduck Season North of the Harbour Bridge is Gazetted for 19 and 20 February 2022, mark it in your diaries now.
Both Barrels June 2021
The mallard, grey and shoveler dabbling-duck part of the season is now behind us, ending Queen’s Birthday Monday, June 7 in this region.
Both Barrels May 2021
Water, or rather the lack of it, was a major problem on opening throughout the region and for the second year running.
Both Barrels April 2021
Fingers and toes crossed that this year we have no Covid-19 delays, travel restrictions or other interruptions to our game bird season.
Both Barrels March 2021
With less than six weeks to go until the game bird season, we welcome our readers of Both Barrels for 2021, the place where we keep you up to date...
Both Barrels July 2020
We were lucky just to have a duck season this year, ask anyone who missed out on the deer roar in April.
Both Barrels June 2020
Please be aware of the new season dates that were adjusted after the Covid-19 lockdown.
Both Barrels May 2020
Covid-19 has not only taken the world by storm, but with it also the shooting community world-wide who have also been fully caught up in lockdowns just as we have.
Special Lockdown Edition Both Barrels April 2020
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
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Auckland/Waikato Both Barrels July 2019
In our recent phone survey of game bird hunters remarkably few took advantage of the extended season for paradise shelduck and swan, (which finished June 23rd), and only the hardy...
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Auckland/Waikato Both Barrels June 2019
For many of us who live for waterfowl hunting, the inquisition now begins.
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Auckland/Waikato Both Barrels May 2019
It didn’t matter where you were this opening, fog was an issue, be it Whitianga, Waikare, Hamilton or Kaipara.
Auckland/Waikato Both Barrels April 2019
The countdown till opening weekend is nearly over.
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Both Barrels Special Edition March 2019
Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.
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North Island Roundup - Both Barrels 2018
Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.
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Both Barrels August 2018
As the 2018 game bird season draws to a close, many hunters are reflecting on their success, saying it has been the best season they have experienced for a long time.
Auckland/Waikato Both Barrels July 2018
Each Opening Weekend, and every two weeks after that, this region runs a phone survey of randomly selected hunters to monitor their success.
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Auckland/Waikato Both Barrels June 2018
The 2018 Auckland/Waikato Region dabbling duck season is already consigned to history.
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Auckland/Waikato Both Barrels May 2018
Opening weekend saw blue skies and hardly a breath of wind for many.
Auckland/Waikato Both Barrels April 2018
Looking around the Waikato, Hauraki Plains and Rodney districts, lots of groups of ducks seem to be tucked up in many likely spots, both tidal on the mud, or on...
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Both Barrels Special Edition March 2018
Welcome to this special issue of Both Barrels
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Both Barrels August 2017
The game bird season has ended... or has it?
Both Barrels South Island Roundup
The waterfowl 2017 season has been and gone. We hope you managed to get out on a few hunting adventures this year and filled the freezer with enough duck to...
Both Barrels North Island Roundup
Heath Worsfold’s truck with a nice pheasant and a happy pup named Sneak.
Auckland Waikato Both Barrels July 2017
At time of writing the weather is rubbish but upland game birds such as pheasants are still out there, and can be chased to almost the end of August.
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Auckland Waikato Both Barrels June 2017
'Strange weather but some good bags'
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Auckland / Waikato Both Barrels May 2017
The game season has got off to a good start in the Auckland/Waikato and we’ve had encouraging reports from most parts of the region.
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Auckland / Waikato Both Barrels Apr 2017
The long wet spring meant a lot of ducks were breeding long after they’d normally be finished.
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Both Barrels Mar 2017
Get set to hunt some game birds
Southland Both Barrels May 2016
Opening day is probably the only day of the year when I wake up and I’m upset by a lack of wind!
Auckland / Waikato Both Barrels May 2016
Opening Weekend was a good time to have remembered the sun screen.
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Otago Both BarrelsMay 2016
For what must be the 10th year in a row, Otago hunters woke to clear calm conditions for the Opening Day.
Central South Island Both Barrels May 2016
Opening Weekend heralded fine and pleasant weather.
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North Canterbury Both Barrels May 2016
With the game bird season well underway and the hype of opening day now past, it's time to reflect on hunting successes firstly, then focus on the great game bird...
West Coast Both Barrels May 2016
Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.
Nelson Marlborough Both Barrels May 2016
Fish & Game had three ranging teams out in the field on Opening Day this year, concentrating on private land around Blenheim and Murchison.
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Wellington Both Barrels May 2016
The weather was largely to blame for what can only be described as a patchy Opening Weekend, with very calm conditions in the Wairarapa and resultingly few birds moving around.
Taranaki Both Barrels May 2016
While the hunter phone survey results are yet to be analysed, initial indications are that hunters were happy with their opening weekend bags – in many areas more mallards were...
Northland Both Barrels May 2016
Opening Weekend game bird hunting produced a “great variety” of results for hunters around the Northland Peninsula.
Hawke's Bay Both Barrrels May 2016
Fish & Game rangers along with police officers checked 57 waterfowl hunters over Opening Weekend.
Eastern Both Barrels May 2016
Hunters can now take advantage of being able to hunt the 20-odd Crown-owned wetlands around the region administered by Fish & Game.
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