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Both Barrels May 2023
Many hunters are reporting an excellent start to the opening weekend.
Both Barrels April 2023
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...
Both Barrels March 2023
Welcome to our first Both Barrels of the 2023 hunting season.
Both Barrels July 2022
We got skunked over the weekend, but it wasn’t for lack of birds.
Both Barrels June 2022
Errol Johnson had one of his best seasons ever.
Both Barrels May 2022
Opening weekend proved to be quite good in the Bay of Plenty but hard work in many other places in the Eastern Region.
Both Barrels April 2022
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 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
It’s not over until the fat lady sings and I ain't heard her sing yet.
Both Barrels June 2021
Band recoveries always produce some interesting surprises.
Both Barrels May 2021
Another fine opening over most of the Eastern Region made hunting difficult.
Both Barrels April 2021
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...
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
Thinking about getting a dog? Now is good! A dog makes a huge difference to your hunting success and enjoyment.
Both Barrels June 2020
As predicted the opening of the game bird season in the Eastern Region was a bit hit and miss.
Both Barrels May 2020
Cabin fever got the better of you? Ready for some time in the outdoors?
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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Eastern Both Barrels August 2019
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...
Eastern Both Barrels July 2019
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.
Eastern Both Barrels June 2019
Well the duck season started OK but took a dive after opening weekend.
Eastern Both Barrels May 2019
The opening of the game bird season in the Eastern Region got off to a better start than predicted.
Eastern Both Barrels April 2019
A long dry summer is usually good for pheasant and quail but not so great for the ducks.
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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Eastern Both Barrels July 2018
Hunters – it's your last chance to squeeze in some hunting of upland game birds before the close of the season on August 26 - don't let the opportunity pass...
Eastern Both Barrels June 2018
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...
Eastern Both Barrels May 2018
Sorry, but there is no report for the Eastern region this month.
Eastern Both Barrels April 2018
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.
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.
Eastern Both Barrels July 2017
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...
Eastern Both Barrels June 2017
How’s your mallard hunting gone this season?
Eastern Both Barrels May 2017
Black with ducks is how some hunters described their opening day, "Got their limit by 7.30am".
Eastern Both Barrels Apr 2017
Game bird hunters in Fish & Game’s large Eastern Region can expect a better hunting season this time around.
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
The mallard, grey and shoveler seasons are now but a memory, and even parries and black swan are off limits with their seasons over.
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...
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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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