You'll find the latest information on season length and game bird bag limits here.

You'll find lots more information on other species on this page in the North and South Island Hunting Guides.

 

North Island Regions & Rules – Mallard and Grey Duck 2023
Fish & Game Region Season Length Daily Bag Limit

Northland

6 May – 2 July 2023

12 (all areas)

Auckland/Waikato

6 May – 5 June 2023

8 (all areas excl Great Barrier Is)

0 (Great Barrier Is)

Eastern

6 May – 5 June 2023

6 (All areas)

Hawke’s Bay

6 May – 2 July 2023

8 (all areas)

Taranaki

6 May – 7 May 2023
8 May - 2 July 2023

15 (all areas)
10 (all areas)

Wellington

6 May – 2 July 2023

12 (all areas)

 

 

 

North Island - Paradise Shelduck 2023

Fish & Game Region

Season Length

Daily Bag Limit

Northland

6 May – 30 July  2023

17 - 25 Feb 2024

20 (all areas) 

20 (all areas)

Auckland/Waikato

 

6 May – 25 June 2023

6 May – 25 June 2023

17 & 18 Feb 2024

10 (sth of Auckland Harbour Bridge)

20 (nth of Auckland Harbour Bridge)

15 (nth of Auckland Harbour Bridge)

Eastern

6 May – 2 July 2023

6 (areas A1,A2)

 

6 May – 2 July 2023

10 (area B2 & B1 Sth of true right bank, Uawa River mouth, Tolaga Bay)

 

6 May – 16 July 2023

20 (B1, north of true right bank, Uawa River Mouth, Tolaga Bay)

Hawke’s Bay

6 May – 2 July 2023

8 (all areas)

Taranaki

6 May – 2 July 2023

24 & 25 Feb 2024
2 & 3 Mar 2024
9 & 11 Mar 2024 

10 (all areas)

10 (Area C Only)

Wellington

6 May – 2 July 2023

6 May – 2 July 2023

12 (Area A - East)

10 (Area B - West)

 

 

 

South Island Regions & Rules – Mallard and Grey Duck 2023

Fish & Game Region

Season Length

Daily Bag Limit

Nelson-Marlborough

6 May – 30 July 2023

8 (all areas) 

West Coast

6 May – 30 July 2023

15 (all areas - aggregate bag)

North Canterbury

6 & 7 May 2023

8 May - 30 July 2023

3 & 4 and 10 & 11 Feb 2024

25 (all areas)

15 (all areas)

10 (only over agricultural grain crops/green feed paddocks more than 200m from any water body.)

Central South Island

6 May – 30 July 2023

3 & 4 and 10 & 11 Feb 2024

50 (all areas)

10 (Area C only)

Otago

6 May – 30 July 2023

25 (all areas)

Southland

6 & 7 May 2023

8 May - 16 Jul 2023

20

10

 

 

 

South Island - Paradise Shelduck 2023

Fish & Game Region

Season Length

Daily Bag Limit

Nelson-Marlborough

6 May – 30 July 2023

6 May – 30 July 2023

10 (except for Tasman/Golden Bay area)

15 (Tasman/Golden Bay area)

West Coast

6 May – 30 July 2023

24 Feb - 17 Mar 2024

15 (all areas )

15 (Locations 200 metres or more from open water)

North Canterbury

 

 

 

 

6 May – 30 July 2023

6 May - 17 Sep 203

3 Feb - 10 March 2024

3 Feb - 10 March 2024

 

20 (Area A)

20 (Area B)

15 (Area A, only over agricultural grain crops and green feed paddocks and more that 200 metres from any water body)

20 (Area B, only over agricultural grain crops and green feed paddocks and more that 200 metres from any water body)

Central South Island

6 May – 30 July 2023

31 Jul - 24 Sep 2023

3 & 4 and 10 & 11 Feb 2024

25 (all areas)

25 (West of SH 1)

15 (Area B)

Otago

6 May – 27 August 2023

4 - 12 March 2024

12 (all areas) 

(all areas) 

Southland

6 May – 7 May 2023

8 May - 16 Jul 2023

15

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Please check the North and South Island Game Bird Hunting Guides (use link above) for seasons, bag limits, etc, for other species.