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Both Barrels June 2022

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Errol Johnson had one of his best seasons ever.

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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.

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Both Barrels April 2022

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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.

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Both Barrels July 2021

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It’s not over until the fat lady sings and I ain't heard her sing yet.

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Both Barrels June 2021

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Band recoveries always produce some interesting surprises.

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Both Barrels May 2021

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Another fine opening over most of the Eastern Region made hunting difficult.

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Both Barrels March 2021

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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...

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North Island Roundup - Both Barrels 2018

Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.

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Both Barrels August 2018

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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...

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Both Barrels Special Edition March 2018

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Welcome to this special issue of Both Barrels.

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Fish & Game says public can help combat deadly bird disease

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Senior Fish & Game Officer Matthew McDougall says some swan are reported to have died from the disease at Lake Rotokawa.

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Hunters praised for sticking to rules

Fish & Game officers have applauded hunters in the Eastern Fish & Game Region for “sticking to the rules” as the new game bird season opened.

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Hunters warned of central North Island lake closure

Fish & Game is advising game bird hunters and others of a temporary closure of Lake Aniwhenua to recreational boats and kayaks.

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Balloted Wetlands Gate Restrictions - 2017 Game Bird Season

Hunters entering the wetlands listed below and other Fish & Game-managed wetlands require both a game bird hunting licence and a hunting permit issued by Fish & Game.

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Eastern Region 2017 Game Bird Season Newsletter

Eastern Region’s newsletter for the coming game bird season is out!

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Game bird hunting newsletter for 2017

Out now – Eastern Fish & Game’s new game bird hunting newsletter for 2017.

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