Getting started in game bird hunting
Hunting encourages a variety of activities and the development of values that are important to New Zealanders. Hunters are responsible for the protection and development of wildlife habitats, they monitor and advocate for the environment, and lead hunting, outdoor and safety programmes.
Hunting also develops positive traits such as responsibility, confidence, cooperation, discipline and patience - and helps builds community and family relationships.
In this section, and alongside our “Introduction to Duck Hunting” DVD, we introduce you to basic techniques and methods to get you started in a pastime that may become a lifelong passion.
We wish you good hunting, and ask that you practice ethical behaviour and good sportsmanship at all times.
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In this section:
Hunter National Training Scheme
Finding it difficult to get started in hunting? With our increasingly urbanised society, more and more would-be hunters don’t have the...
Selecting Your Shotgun
Most moderately priced shotguns will last a lifetime if well looked after. The most common shotgun calibre is 12 gauge...
The range of 12 gauge ammunition can be bewildering for a new hunter. We’ll cover the basics here but suggest...
Yes, you can spend up large on game bird hunting, but you can also do well with much more modest...
Maimais & Cover
When duck hunting there are two crucial things – stay out of sight and encourage the ducks to think that...
Decoys & Calling
*DECOYS:* Colin uses swan decoys to attract ducks2 If you're trying to lure birds to a particular spot, decoys will often...
Shooting & Hunting Tips
Here we share general hunting advice plus tips to help you with your shooting aim. Practice makes perfect and 'getting...