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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...
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 will start in earnest in April, giving all hunters access to some of the best minds in game bird hunting in New Zealand.
The Special Paradise Shelduck Season North of the Harbour Bridge is Gazetted for 19 and 20 February 2022, mark it in your diaries now.
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.
Water, or rather the lack of it, was a major problem on opening throughout the region and for the second year running.
Fingers and toes crossed that this year we have no Covid-19 delays, travel restrictions or other interruptions to our game bird season.
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...
We were lucky just to have a duck season this year, ask anyone who missed out on the deer roar in April.
Please be aware of the new season dates that were adjusted after the Covid-19 lockdown.
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.
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
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...
For many of us who live for waterfowl hunting, the inquisition now begins.
It didn’t matter where you were this opening, fog was an issue, be it Whitianga, Waikare, Hamilton or Kaipara.
The countdown till opening weekend is nearly over.
Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.
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.
Each Opening Weekend, and every two weeks after that, this region runs a phone survey of randomly selected hunters to monitor their success.
The 2018 Auckland/Waikato Region dabbling duck season is already consigned to history.
Opening weekend saw blue skies and hardly a breath of wind for many.
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...
The game bird season has ended... or has it?
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...
Heath Worsfold’s truck with a nice pheasant and a happy pup named Sneak.
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.
'Strange weather but some good bags'
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.
The long wet spring meant a lot of ducks were breeding long after they’d normally be finished.
Opening day is probably the only day of the year when I wake up and I’m upset by a lack of wind!
Opening Weekend was a good time to have remembered the sun screen.
For what must be the 10th year in a row, Otago hunters woke to clear calm conditions for the Opening Day.
Opening Weekend heralded fine and pleasant weather.
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...
Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.
Fish & Game had three ranging teams out in the field on Opening Day this year, concentrating on private land around Blenheim and Murchison.
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.
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...
Opening Weekend game bird hunting produced a “great variety” of results for hunters around the Northland Peninsula.
Fish & Game rangers along with police officers checked 57 waterfowl hunters over Opening Weekend.
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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