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Both Barrels from Fish & Game NZ - March 2015

Both Barrels - July 2016.

Both BarrelsWelcome to our July edition of Both Barrels.

Here's hoping you bagged your share of mallards now the season is drawing to a close.

With a month still to go for the game bird season, it's time to rethink your game bird hunting and have a crack at those fast-flying, challenging upland game bird – pheasants and quail – which are still very much in season.

Pheasant numbers appear to have increased in regions such as Auckland / Waikato, and in Hawke's Bay our officers report healthy populations of pheasants and quails along all the major rivers in the region.

And think about helping those folks who are being pestered by fast-breeding pooks in a number of regions – by harvesting a few. One of the best ways to hunt them is to get a few dogs and hunting mates together for a pukeko drive.

They are fair game in most of our 12 regions, along with the upland game birds, until August 28.

We figure plenty of people are concerned about the bird, as the word 'pukeko' is one of the most searched on our website.

Hunting on public land? As always, if you're planning on shooting the likes of river beds, please think hard about safety and your firing zone. Be a good citizen/hunter and check in with your local Police station (and our access information pages!) to be sure you're entitled to be there.

P.S. This month's photo shows young South Island hunters Tom and Byron.

P.P.S - If you think you've got an image worthy of featuring on our 'cover', email it to Richard Cosgrove for consideration.


This Month's Regional News Click on the region to read.

Northland - N/A
Auckland / Waikato
Hawke's Bay

Nelson / Marlborough
North Canterbury

West Coast
Central South Island

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Calling all hunters and anglers…

We are urging you to do their bit for the environment by standing in October's local body elections. The elections to be held on October 8. Nominations for council candidates are now open and Fish & Game wants people who care about the environment to put their names forward as candidates. It's time we had fresh blood on regional councils in particular - councillors who want to protect the hunting and fishing resources we hold dear. Please give it some thought! Click here for details.

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Why have our rangers been left out of new ranger powers?

Are you one of the many volunteers who help us out as honorary rangers? Fish & Game has warned that proposed changes to wildlife legislation will severely restrict its ability to do its job and protect wildlife and the environment. The Wildlife (Powers) Amendment Bill gives DoC staff greater powers to fight wildlife offences but specifically excludes Fish & Game rangers. Fish & Game is questioning why Fish & Game rangers have been excluded – the clauses in question cover the powers to seize evidence, stop suspects, prevent offending and require offenders to produce ID. Read more here.

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NZ's top duck caller

They came and they squawked and chattered – with loads of style…Congratulations to all those who had a crack at the nationwide duck calling championships held near Tauranga in early July. Hunter Morrow (left) from Luggate near Wanaka came top of the pecking order to take first prize, a trip to compete in the world champs in the U.S., with Owen Robinson from Hamilton runner up (middle), and Callum McKenzie third. A big thank you to all who took part from around New Zealand and the sponsors. To read more about the finals click here.

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Send us your band info and be in to win…

Time is running out to send in your duck band details – and get in the draw to win a cosy camo' hunting jacket. The deadline for entries is 31 August, 2016. You could win one of five Matuku Camo' Extreme Technical jackets (value $199 each) generously provided by Hunting & Fishing New Zealand. Ring the free phone number 0800 BIRD BAND (0800-247322). Click here for details.

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It's planting time…

With the duck season over, it is time to think about helping our feathered friends – by providing them with the best possible waterfowl habitat. What should you plant? Planting sedge species provides good nesting cover and also food for waterfowl. See your local Fish & Game office for free brochures and advice on what to plant. Click here for details.

Fish & Game NZ, 2 Jarden Mile, PO Box 13-141, Wellington. Tel: (04) 499 4767

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