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We had predicted a good start to the game bird season following a great mallard breeding season but had kept the season short as the number of hens were still low.
The biggest threat to hunting and fishing is legislative changes. And there are some very serious threats on the horizon.
Many hunters are reporting an excellent start to the opening weekend.
It is time to start preparing for the up-and-coming duck season. I have been hunting on more than one occasion where a mate has forgotten his bolt to his rifle...
Welcome to our first Both Barrels of the 2023 hunting season.
We got skunked over the weekend, but it wasn’t for lack of birds.
Errol Johnson had one of his best seasons ever.
Opening weekend proved to be quite good in the Bay of Plenty but hard work in many other places in the Eastern Region.
The game bird season kicks off on the 7th of May. Our prediction is that the opening weekend will be similar to the last three years.
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.
It’s not over until the fat lady sings and I ain't heard her sing yet.
Band recoveries always produce some interesting surprises.
Another fine opening over most of the Eastern Region made hunting difficult.
Speaking to quite a few duck hunters and pheasant hunters throughout the region over the past week or so, they all are eagerly awaiting opening weekend – and as most...
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...
Thinking about getting a dog? Now is good! A dog makes a huge difference to your hunting success and enjoyment.
As predicted the opening of the game bird season in the Eastern Region was a bit hit and miss.
Cabin fever got the better of you? Ready for some time in the outdoors?
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
The game bird season finishes at the end of August (25th) but remember there is a special swan season in management area A1 (see Figure 1) and for pukeko for...
Hunters are no exception, we all die, but here’s the thing, when hunters die, they leave a hunting buddy behind and family/friends is often what duck hunting is all about.
The opening of the game bird season in the Eastern Region got off to a better start than predicted.
Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.
Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.
The season appears to have got off to a good start compared to recent years, but we'll have a better idea of how it went once hunter harvest surveys have...
Sorry, but there is no report for the Eastern region this month.
With only days to go before the new game bird season kicks off, we’re feeling pretty optimistic for our Eastern Region’s 3,500-plus game bird hunters.
Welcome to this special issue of Both Barrels.
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.
Hunters, make sure you get full value from your game bird licence – get out and target some pheasants and other upland game birds in the final days before the...
How’s your mallard hunting gone this season?
Black with ducks is how some hunters described their opening day, "Got their limit by 7.30am".
Game bird hunters in Fish & Game’s large Eastern Region can expect a better hunting season this time around.
Opening day is probably the only day of the year when I wake up and I’m upset by a lack of wind!
The mallard, grey and shoveler seasons are now but a memory, and even parries and black swan are off limits with their seasons over.
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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