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Fish & Game offers junior hunting opportunity

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Fish & Game is offering 12 young people a great wetland duck hunting experience.

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Game bird hunting licences now on sale

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A good duck breeding season in many parts of the country is holding the promise of a good hunting season as game bird hunting licences go on sale today.

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‘Biggest ever’ duck banding tally bodes well for game bird season

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Duck hunters will have no shortage of birds to target when the new game bird season kicks off in May (Saturday May 5) – going by the latest Fish &...

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Help our threatened wetlands on World Wetlands Day

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New Zealanders are being urged to celebrate World Wetlands Day by doing something practical to help protect wetlands, a habitat crucial to the survival of many of this country’s wildlife species.

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Deadly botulism outbreak kills scores of birds at Te Aroha Wastewater Treatment Plant

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A Waikato district council is being accused of failing to follow its own management plan to contain the deadly bird disease botulism after dozens of waterfowl died on its wastewater...

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Start getting ready for the duck season

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It’s not to early to start preparing for the duck hunting season that’s now just over three months away.

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Kiwis dubbed 'Call Blacks' after big wins in world duck calling champs

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The success of Nelson schoolgirl Holly Irvine and Otago’s Hunter Morrow in the world waterfowl calling championships in the United States has been hailed as “an amazing achievement.”

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Otago duck calling supremo quacks it big again

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The reigning New Zealand duck calling champion Hunter Morrow has held onto his title at the national duck calling championships over the weekend.

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Shoveler duck survey results are in

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Fish & Game staff have completed their annual survey of shoveler ducks.

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Counting down to the big 'quack-off'

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The country’s keen duck callers are getting set to compete in the New Zealand Duck Calling Championships to be held in Taupo.

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Fish & Game announces all duck hunters will have to use non-toxic shot from 2021

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All duck hunters will soon have to use non-toxic shot when hunting following a decision by Fish & Game’s New Zealand Council.

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Great weather for ducks! Fish & Game says Queens Birthday looks good for game bird hunters

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Wet weather forecast for this weekend may not be what everyone wants, but Fish & Game says it will be appreciated by game bird hunters.

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Hunt, gather, cook – The Game Bird Food Festival returns for 2017

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The Game Bird Food Festival is back on for 2017, giving hunters the opportunity to have their freshly harvested wild duck professionally cooked in a restaurant.

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Hunters win praise for ‘safe’ start to new game bird hunting season

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Game bird hunters have been applauded for a “safe and happy” start to the new hunting season this weekend.

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New game bird hunting season shaping as one of best in years

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Thousands of game bird hunters have turned out for the start of a new hunting season that’s so far bearing out Fish & Game’s predictions of one of the best...

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Game bird hunters get ready for opening day of the new season tomorrow

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Game bird licences are selling well as hunters prepare for the new hunting season, which begins tomorrow morning. (Saturday 6 May)

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Chances of a duck dinner looking good as ‘best game bird season in years’ looms

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The cold, wet, miserable summer much of the country endured has encouraged a bumper duck breeding effort, prompting Fish & Game to predict 2017 will be the best game bird...

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Duck hunters urged not to leave buying licence until last minute

Game bird hunters are being encouraged to buy their hunting licence now to avoid missing out on what is being predicted to be one of the best seasons in years.

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Police join forces with Fish & Game rangers in ‘safe hunting’ initiative

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Fish & Game rangers and Police officers say “safety is the key concern” as they prepare to again join forces to check game bird hunters – especially on Opening Weekend...

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Duck hunters urged to take water safety seriously

Duck hunters are being urged to wear life jackets when hunting on waterways this game bird season, with water levels in some parts of the North Island still much higher...

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