North Canterbury Fish and Game has changed tack from the Great Black Swan Hunt competition to one with a new focus on encouraging hunter participation.
This new competition has the potential to become a very popular event, and is certainly a celebration of the historic sport of game bird hunting.
Large numbers of hunters are key to the event's success, so game bird licenceholders are urged to get ready for "the best game bird hunting competition in the country," The Canterbury Wild Duck Hunters Comp.
Full details of the event with be released during the season via our Both Barrels newsletter, and posters in Hunting & Fishing stores.
The event will take the form of a six day game bird hunting competition, held to celebrate the harvest of our wild game birds, starting mid-season, Monday 18, and ending on Saturday June 23.
The competition is restricted to the North Canterbury region, although it is not limited just North Canterbury licenceholders, any licenced hunter can enter. An invitation has been extended to all regional licenceholders, senior and junior - who will have their own section.
The Wild Duck Hunters Comp will be based in Ellesmere at the Springston Hotel.
Five species of birds will qualify: mallard/grey ducks, paradise shelduck, black swan, pukeko, and Canada geese.
There will be a nightly weigh-in at the 'Maimai Weigh Station' at the hotel every night of the week from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.
Spot prizes will be drawn for all species entered daily, including a super draw.
However these winners names won't be announced until the final prize-giving on Saturday.
The grand final prize draws and social gathering will be held on Saturday night at the hotel, with the weigh station open until 8pm that night.
Another feature on the night will be the Canterbury Open Duck Calling Competition.
There is a senior and junior section and any one is welcome to enter on the night with lots of great prizes are up for grabs.
Categories for The Canterbury Wild Duck Hunters Comp
- Heaviest Brace of Mallards/Grey Ducks. (1 male 1 female)
- Best presented Brace of Mallards. (1 male, 1 female) a chefs perspective
- Heaviest Brace of Paradise Shelduck. (1 male 1 female)
- Heaviest Brace of Pukeko
- Heaviest Black Swan
- Most Black Swans shot daily & overall
- Most Canada Geese shot daily & overall
- The Feathered Five Grand Slam (one of each, collected over the six days).
- The Triple Brace: Mallard/Grey Duck 1 male, 1 female; Paradise Shelduck 1 male, 1 female; and 2 Pukeko (shot in one 24 hour period)
The final major prize draw will include at least one semi-automatic shotgun valued at $2,300, and a $500 Hunting & Fishing voucher.
Many other great prizes will also be added to the list. Please be aware that whoever wins a firearm, must present a current firearms licence at the time. Otherwise the prize will be redrawn.
Hunters must register at the time of weighing in their birds, and present their 2018 game bird hunting licence.
All game birds shot during the week days must be entered fresh or (within 24 hours the following day) and only by the hunter who shot them. Birds may only be presented once, and will be marked when weighed in.