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There’s plenty of game bird hunting options for hunters in the coming weeks, even if the mallard season has all but closed.
July is the month where keen waterfowlers can look to widen their horizons and seek out hunting opportunities other than your traditional hunting spots.
With the cooler weather and a bit of rain starting to make itself present, the game bird season is starting to heat up around the country.
When the sun rises on the first of May this year, game bird hunters will continue the tradition that we have been enjoying for over a hundred years and be...
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...
Parries, swans, pukekos, quail, and pheasant, these are some of the game birds you can still hunt in various parts of the country at the moment.
This weekend is a great opportunity for you to maximise your hunting activity with it being the shortest day on Sunday.
Hunters it’s time to head to your your maimai! The 2020 game bird season starts in nine days’ time on Saturday 23rd May.
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
Many regions have longer game bird seasons for particular species and some even have summer seasons.
Don’t put away your guns just yet!
What a great start to the 2019 game bird season we’ve had!
It’s only a few days to go before the new season opens, and the prospects are looking good throughout much of the country.
Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.
Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.
Ace game bird chef Phil Hazeldine presiding over a wild game feast.
As the 2018 game bird season draws to a close, many hunters are reflecting on their success, saying it has been the best season they have experienced for a long time.
If you're one of those hunters who only hunts ducks at Opening Weekend, or you put your shotgun away once the mallard season has closed…our message is: 'break out of...
We’re now halfway through the game bird season, and for North Island hunters, it’s that time to switch tactics and have a crack at all those game birds still in...
Game bird hunters across the country have had a cracker start to the new hunting season.
And by most accounts, the signs point to the season as one not to be missed.
Welcome to this special issue of Both Barrels
The game bird season has ended... or has it?
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...
Heath Worsfold’s truck with a nice pheasant and a happy pup named Sneak.
Hunters... name the widespread game bird which provides great shooting and doesn’t get targeted nearly enough.
Now's the time to adjust your thinking: wrap up warm and switch tactics – in most regions, that means forgetting mallards in coming weeks and instead having a crack at...
With the start of the new game bird season only days away, 2017 appears to be shaping up as one of the best for years.
Opening day is probably the only day of the year when I wake up and I’m upset by a lack of wind!
The mallard, grey and shoveler seasons are now but a memory, and even parries and black swan are off limits with their seasons over.
For what must be the 10th year in a row, Otago hunters woke to clear calm conditions for the Opening Day.
Opening Weekend heralded fine and pleasant weather.
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...
Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.
Fish & Game had three ranging teams out in the field on Opening Day this year, concentrating on private land around Blenheim and Murchison.
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.
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...
Opening Weekend game bird hunting produced a “great variety” of results for hunters around the Northland Peninsula.
Fish & Game rangers along with police officers checked 57 waterfowl hunters over Opening Weekend.
Hunters can now take advantage of being able to hunt the 20-odd Crown-owned wetlands around the region administered by Fish & Game.