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Don’t put away your shotgun just yet, while the regular season is drawing to a close and there is still time to bag some late-season mallards, quail, pūkeko and swan...
July is the time to do some scouting and find quiet spots where mallards will be hiding away.
Instead of the usual sunny skies in the top of the South, hunters were greeted with rain and wind on the Opening Day of the 2023 game bird season.
Opening weekend and the 2023 game bird season is fast approaching.
Welcome to our first Both Barrels of the 2023 hunting season.
Do you hunt or fish in the Molesworth? If so, please take note.
Fish & Game’s Lawson Davey successfully saw through the completion of the Eves Valley wetland.
We had two teams out on what was a very typical top of the South Opening Weekend – fine and calm.
With the 2022 game season knocking on the door, it sure is an exciting time to be a game bird hunter.
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.
With the regular season done and dusted now its now time to turn our attention to what’s still on offer.
There are heaps of hunting blocks available to book in the Tasman Pine Forests upland game area.
Blue skies dawned on the first Saturday of May as is the norm for this region.
Fish & Game are pleased to announce we have secured an arrangement with Tasman Pine Forests to provide a great upland game hunting opportunity in Tasman.
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...
For this season your elected Fish & Game Councillors approved an extended swan season.
Our compliance efforts on Opening Day this year concentrated on public land hunting around the Waimea/Motueka area.
We only have a few days till the start of the unique 2020 game bird season.
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 regular season all but done and dusted for 2019, quail and pukeko are still on the menu for a while yet.
Jet setting mallard ducks have featured in the bags of two Nelson based hunters recently.
Opening Day of the game bird season has been and gone, and, true to form, the day was calm and clear, meaning modest bags were the norm rather than the exception.
Crispy May mornings are a signature of early winter in the top of the south.
Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.
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.
With the close of the season looming, many hunters will be reflecting on this year’s - and some wonder how to improve duck numbers near their favourite pond.
Chef extraordinaire and keen local hunter Phil Hazeldine will showcase his culinary skills at an upcoming game bird food extravaganza.
Our compliance efforts in Nelson Marlborough this season were centred around the Nelson/Tasman area.
Noted Texas-based mallard duck geneticist, Phil Lavretsky, is about to turn his attention to New Zealand mallards and grey ducks.
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.
Each year in late March or early April, Fish & Game staff undertake our annual ‘greylard’ counts for all mallard, grey, and hybrid ducks.
As with any recreation or sport, fostering youth in their chosen pursuit is a key requirement for its long-term future.
Opening day in the top of the South was typically fine as usual, but this never seems to dampen the enthusiasm of the 900 odd hunters who choose to call...
Staff recently completed monitoring mallards at 60 sites over the region and recorded an increase in birds in Tasman and Marlborough.
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.
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