Game Season 2018

Here's what you need to know for the new Game Season.Brett Cartwright with daughter2

For a start, here are some key dates and checklists.

March 15 – licences went on sale - click here to buy one!

Stake a claim – Pegging Day (aka tagging, marking) from 10am, Sunday, April 8

  • Be ready for Opening Day – Saturday, May 5
  • Upland game season ends most regions August 26

GAME BIRD HUNTER’S CHECKLIST:

GET YOUR MUST HAVES:

  • A game bird hunting licence, regs booklet, and buy ‘non toxic’ ammo

GET PERMISSION

  • Confirm access with landowners (say ‘thank you’!)
  • Get permit to hunt on F&G, DOC and forestry lands

SORT OUT THE MAIMAI

  • Fix any remaining leaks, rotten boards, seating
  • Finish camouflaging maimai with camo net or vegetation

Find maimai cover tips here

CHECK YOUR GEAR

  • Clean & rig decoys – get a few new ones if needed
  • Ensure shotgun in tip-top condition - get a few practice shots in at clay targets
  • Continue your dog’s fitness regime, check vaccinations & worming

Hunting away from home? Check the regs for the region you’re going to:

http://www.fishandgame.org.nz (click on the regions link for regional hunting info).

DO’s:

  • Carry firearms licence at all times
  • Be safe - know the seven rules for safe firearm handling - click here
  • Be sporting, hunt ethically & responsibly

DON’TS:

  • Drink & hunt
  • Leave rubbish at your stand

North Island Regions & Rules – mallard and grey duck 2018

Fish & Game Region Season Length Daily Bag Limit
Northland 5 May – 1 July 12
Auckland/Waikato 5 May – 4 June 10 (all areas except Great Barrier Island)
Eastern 5 May – 17 June 8 (All areas except Reporoa - limit 4 - May 5 to June 3)
Hawke’s Bay 5 May – 17 June 8 (all areas)
Taranaki 5 May – 1 July 10 (all areas)
Wellington 5 May – 1 July 8 (all areas)

 

North Island - Paradise shelduck 2018

Fish & Game Region Season Length Daily Bag Limit
Northland 5 May –  5 Aug   25 (all areas)
Auckland/Waikato 5 May –  24 June 10 (sth of Auckland  Harbour Bridge)
20 (nth of Auckland Harbour Bridge)
Eastern 5 May – 1 July  6 (areas A1,A2)
  5 May – 1 July  10 (area B2 & B1 Sth of true right bank, Uawa River mouth, Tolaga Bay)
  5 May – 15 July 20 (B1, north of true right bank, Uawa River Mouth, Tolaga Bay)
Hawke’s Bay 5 May – 15 July 10 (all areas) 
Taranaki 5 May – 1 July

10 (all areas)

Wellington 5 May – 1 July 8 (all areas)

 

South Island Regions & Rules – mallard and grey duck 2018

Fish & Game Region Season Length Daily Bag Limit
Nelson-Marlborough 5 May – 29 July  8 (all areas)
West Coast 5 May – 29 July  15 (all areas - aggregate bag)
North Canterbury 7 May – 29 July  15 (all areas - aggregate bag 15,  25 On Opening Weekend including shoveler May 5 & 6)
Central Sth Island 5 May – 29 July  50 (all areas - aggregate bag including shoveler)
Otago 5 May – 29 July  25 (all areas)
Southland 7 May – 29 July  10 (all areas - 20 on Opening Weekend  May 5 & 6)

 

South Island - Paradise shelduck 2018

Fish & Game Region

 Fish & Game Region Season Length Daily Bag Limit
Nelson-Marlborough 5 May – 30 July  10 (all areas except Tasman/Golden Bay area - 15 )
West Coast 5 May – 29 July  15 (all areas)
North Canterbury 5 May – 29 July  20  (to 24 Sept area B)
Central Sth Island 5 May – 29 Sept 25 (east of SH 1)
  5 May – 30 Sept 25 (west of SH 1)
Otago 5 May – 26 August 12 (all areas)
Southland 5 May – 29 July  6 (all areas)

 

(Please check the North and South island Game Bird Hunting Guides for seasons, bag  Limits, etc, for other species.)

Maps

Eastern Hunting Spots