The Canterbury Wild Duck Hunters Comp

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North Canterbury Fish and Game has changed tack from the Great Black Swan Hunt competition to one with a new focus on encouraging hunter participation.

This new competition has the potential to become a very popular event, and is certainly a celebration of the historic sport of game bird hunting.

Large numbers of hunters are key to the event's success, so game bird licence holders are urged to get ready for "the best game bird hunting competition in the country," 

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The  Canterbury Wild Duck Hunters Comp

Running from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd June 2018 and held at the Springston Hotel by North Canterbury Fish and Game.

Open to all regional game bird licence holders, child, junior and senior sections with lots of amazing hunting prizes including Super Lucky Draws

Senior Section

  • Benelli M2 semi-auto Shotgun, Optifade Camo 

Junior Section

  • Akkar 12g Double Barrel Shotgun, Walnut stock 

Regulations and Conditions of Entry

The game bird harvest “Mai Mai Weigh Station” will be at the Springston Hotel and will be open for entries on week nights from 5.30pm – 7.30pm, and until 8pm on Saturday night.

The defined hunting area is the North Canterbury region only, although the competition is open to all regional game bird licence holders.

All game birds must be harvested within the North Canterbury Fish and Game Councils Regional regulations.

Hunters must register at the time of entering their harvest, and present their 2018 game bird hunting licence. All game birds shot must be entered fresh or (within 24 hours at the following days' weigh station) and only by the hunter whom harvested them. This is not a team event.

Game birds may only be presented once to the weigh station, and will be marked when weighed in - An individual bird, or birds may only be entered in one category.

In the event of a weight category draw. The first bird entered will decide the winner.

At the conclusion of the competition only one entry, per category, per competitor will be selected for the prize draws.

The “Triple Brace” can only be entered with game birds that have not been entered previously in any of the three “Heaviest Brace”, or “Best Presented Brace” of Gamebirds categories.

The Triple Brace maybe entered all at once, or accumulated within the “Triple Brace category only” during the six day duration of the competition.

The hunter needs to make the intended category entry known to the weigh master when entering.

The “Feathered Five Grand Slam” can only be entered with “single game bird of each species” which have not been previously entered in other categories. “Feathered Five Grand Slam” entries may be weighed in individually, or accumulated over the six day duration of the competition. 

The hunter needs to make the intended category entry known to the weigh master when entering. 

Senior daily prizes will be drawn from all the game bird categories entered daily.

All prizes will remain a mystery until the final overall prize giving on Saturday night.

Child/Junior prizes will also be drawn at the final prize giving.

The Grand Final prize giving and the Canterbury Wild Duck Hunters social gathering, will be held at 8.30pm Saturday 23rd June at the Springston Hotel.

The game bird harvest categories

Senior Licence Holder Section

All game birds entered must be shot by the competitor entering.

  • Heaviest brace of mallards/grey ducks (One male, One female).
  • Best presented brace of mallards (One male, One female) from a chefs perspective.
  • Heaviest brace of paradise shelduck (One male, One female).
  • Heaviest brace of pukeko.
  • Heaviest black swan.
  • Most black swans harvested overall (cumulative daily).
  • Most Canada geese harvested overall(cumulative daily).
  • The Triple Brace mallard/grey duck (One male, One female), paradise shelduck (One male, One female), and two pukeko (harvested during one day, or accumulated over the competition and decided by lucky draw).
  • The Feathered Five Grand Slam  (one of each species, harvested during one day, or accumulated over the competition and decided by lucky draw).

Child and Junior Licence Holder Sections

All game birds entered must be shot by the Child / Junior competitor.

(Child Licence up to 11 years) (Junior Licence 12 – 17 years)

  • First mallard duck (decided by lucky draw).
  • First paradise shelduck (decided by lucky draw).
  • Heaviest brace of paradise shelduck. (One male, One female).
  • Heaviest brace of pukeko.
  • Heaviest black swan.
  • Mallard duck (decided by lucky draw).
  • Canada Goose(decided by lucky draw).
  • The game bird triple (one each of any three species, including Canada goose).
  • Lucky licence draw (no birds necessary).

Please be aware that in the event of winning a firearm, a current firearms licence must be produced at the time - If not the prize will be redrawn.

In the Junior section the firearm maybe collected on behalf by the parent, however a current firearms licence must be produced at the time.