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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

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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.

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Nelson/Marlborough Both Barrels July 2018

Ken Wright Moturoa Volunteer

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.

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Nelson/Marlborough Both Barrels June 2018

Phil Hazeldine

Chef extraordinaire and keen local hunter Phil Hazeldine will showcase his culinary skills at an upcoming game bird food extravaganza.

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Nelson/Marlborough Both Barrels May 2018

Paperwork

Our compliance efforts in Nelson Marlborough this season were centred around the Nelson/Tasman area.

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Nelson / Marlborough Both Barrels April 2018

Opening Day

Noted Texas-based mallard duck geneticist, Phil Lavretsky, is about to turn his attention to New Zealand mallards and grey ducks.

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Both Barrels Special Edition March 2018

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Welcome to this special issue of Both Barrels

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Both Barrels August 2017

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The game bird season has ended... or has it?

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Both Barrels South Island Roundup

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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...

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Both Barrels North Island Roundup

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Heath Worsfold’s truck with a nice pheasant and a happy pup named Sneak.

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Nelson Marlborough Both Barrels July 2017

Graham Wilson Greys

Each year in late March or early April, Fish & Game staff undertake our annual ‘greylard’ counts for all mallard, grey, and hybrid ducks.

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Nelson Marlborough Both Barrels June 2017

Sam and Finn

As with any recreation or sport, fostering youth in their chosen pursuit is a key requirement for its long-term future.

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Nelson / Marlborough Both Barrels May 2017

Rhys Opening Day

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...

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Nelson / Marlborough Both Barrels Apr 2017

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Staff recently completed monitoring mallards at 60 sites over the region and recorded an increase in birds in Tasman and Marlborough.

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Both Barrels Mar 2017

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Get set to hunt some game birds

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Northland Both Barrels May 2016

Opening Weekend game bird hunting produced a “great variety” of results for hunters around the Northland Peninsula.

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Hawke's Bay Both Barrrels May 2016

Fish & Game rangers along with police officers checked 57 waterfowl hunters over Opening Weekend.

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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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