Category: Both Barrels
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Both Barrels March 2023
Welcome to our first Both Barrels of the 2023 hunting season.
Both Barrels July 2022
2022 has been a great hunting season. Fish & Game has had many hunters tell us about their successes this season.
Both Barrels June 2022
Hunters have another long weekend hunting opportunity this weekend with the first Matariki holiday weekend.
Both Barrels May 2022
The season has only just begun!
Both Barrels April 2022
Jump through to the Southland report and check out their pic of 2000 (yes, that’s right, 2000!) mallards on a single Balfour pond.
Both Barrels March 2022
Both Barrels will start in earnest in April, giving all hunters access to some of the best minds in game bird hunting in New Zealand.
Both Barrels July 2021
There’s plenty of game bird hunting options for hunters in the coming weeks, even if the mallard season has all but closed.
Both Barrels June 2021
July is the month where keen waterfowlers can look to widen their horizons and seek out hunting opportunities other than your traditional hunting spots.
Both Barrels May 2021
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.
Both Barrels April 2021
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...
Both Barrels March 2021
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...
Both Barrels July 2020
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.
Both Barrels June 2020
This weekend is a great opportunity for you to maximise your hunting activity with it being the shortest day on Sunday.
Both Barrels May 2020
Hunters it’s time to head to your your maimai! The 2020 game bird season starts in nine days’ time on Saturday 23rd May.
Special Lockdown Edition Both Barrels April 2020
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
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Both Barrels July 2019
Many regions have longer game bird seasons for particular species and some even have summer seasons.
Both Barrels June 2019
Don’t put away your guns just yet!
Both Barrels May 2019
What a great start to the 2019 game bird season we’ve had!
Both Barrels April 2019
It’s only a few days to go before the new season opens, and the prospects are looking good throughout much of the country.
North Island Roundup - Both Barrels 2018
Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.
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South Island Roundup - Both Barrels 2018
Ace game bird chef Phil Hazeldine presiding over a wild game feast.
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Both Barrels August 2018
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.
Both Barrels July 2018
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...
Both Barrels June 2018
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...
Both Barrels May 2018
Game bird hunters across the country have had a cracker start to the new hunting season.
Both Barrels April 2018
And by most accounts, the signs point to the season as one not to be missed.
Both Barrels August 2017
The game bird season has ended... or has it?
Both Barrels South Island Roundup
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...
Both Barrels North Island Roundup
Heath Worsfold’s truck with a nice pheasant and a happy pup named Sneak.
Both Barrels July 2017
Hunters... name the widespread game bird which provides great shooting and doesn’t get targeted nearly enough.
Both Barrels June 2017
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...
Both Barrels May 2017
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Both Barrels April 2017
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.
Both Barrels Mar 2017
Get set to hunt some game birds
Southland Both Barrels May 2016
Opening day is probably the only day of the year when I wake up and I’m upset by a lack of wind!
Auckland Waikato Both Barrels May 2016
The mallard, grey and shoveler seasons are now but a memory, and even parries and black swan are off limits with their seasons over.
Otago Both BarrelsMay 2016
For what must be the 10th year in a row, Otago hunters woke to clear calm conditions for the Opening Day.
Central South Island Both Barrels May 2016
Opening Weekend heralded fine and pleasant weather.
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North Canterbury Both Barrels May 2016
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...
West Coast Both Barrels May 2016
Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.
Nelson Marlborough Both Barrels May 2016
Fish & Game had three ranging teams out in the field on Opening Day this year, concentrating on private land around Blenheim and Murchison.
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Wellington Both Barrels May 2016
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.
Taranaki Both Barrels May 2016
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...
Northland Both Barrels May 2016
Opening Weekend game bird hunting produced a “great variety” of results for hunters around the Northland Peninsula.
Hawke's Bay Both Barrrels May 2016
Fish & Game rangers along with police officers checked 57 waterfowl hunters over Opening Weekend.
Eastern Both Barrels May 2016
Hunters can now take advantage of being able to hunt the 20-odd Crown-owned wetlands around the region administered by Fish & Game.
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