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Unfortunately, we have had another long stretch of little to no rain this year which has seen many dams and ponds remain dry or at very low levels.
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...
Hopefully you are reading this after a Covid-19 disrupted but successful and productive Waterfowl season.
After a lot of uncertainty about the Game bird season it was great to have it confirmed and lock in the opening weekend.
With the Government confirming that we will move into Level 2 on Thursday 14th May, we can now say with certainty that our Game bird season will start on the...
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
With the closing of the waterfowl hunting season, it’s a good time to get out on our local riverbeds and look for upland game.
Although most people put away their shotgun for another year after the duck season, there is still plenty of game bird hunting opportunities in the Hawke’s Bay region.
Opening weekend produced a mixed bag this year for hunters with an average bag around 4-5 mallards.
Winter and spring produced plenty of water and set up the region for a good waterfowl breeding.
Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.
Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.
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.
While most people have put their guns away for the season, many hunters are still enjoying their game bird hunting.
As in previous years, the duck season started out slow.
Hawke’s Bay licence holders had a slow start to the game bird season, but now that winter is signalling its arrival, prospects are looking better.
Reports from the field indicate that we had a good waterfowl breeding season and hope that this will translate into a successful opening weekend.
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.
While some hunters have put their shotguns away, there are still plenty of opportunities to hunt game birds in Hawke’s Bay.
With the duck season ended, most hunters put away their shotguns until the next season, but they're missing out on some incredible game bird hunting opportunities.
Opening weekend got off to a slow start with hunters reporting that the ducks were not moving.
After the recent rains, there are plenty of opportunities for waterfowl hunters to have a great Opening Weekend.
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.