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Both Barrels July 2021

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The team at Northland Fish & Game which hunters the best and we'll catch up again with Both Barrels prior to the next game bird season in April next year.

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Both Barrels June 2021

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Northland has had some nice rain over the last few weeks. It’s good to see our wetlands replenished after many months of low water levels.

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Both Barrels May 2021

Olivia Braden and Moose Savage out hunting opening morning.

Are you looking for a place to hunt in the second half of the season?

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Both Barrels April 2021


For only $4: 2021 Game bird licence holders can take a mate hunting who has not purchased a game bird licence within the last THREE years.

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Both Barrels March 2021

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Both Barrels July 2020

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The drought is well and truly over! Earlier on the dry conditions made a lot of traditional hunting spots unshootable and the distribution and numbers of ducks varied.

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Both Barrels June 2020

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Are you looking for a place to hunt in the second half of the season?

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Both Barrels May 2020

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There has been some regulation changes this season. Below is a summary of the changes.

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Special Lockdown Edition Both Barrels April 2020

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Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.

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Northland Both Barrels July 2019


Well it’s all over apart from upland game there have been some good reports lately for parrie hunting opportunities.

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Northland Both Barrels June 2019


The last day for Grey, Mallard and the Shoveler season was on the 30th June.

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Northland Both Barrels May 2019

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Another fine and clear day enabled birds to stay high.

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Northland Both Barrels April 2019

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With three months of below average rainfall, many ponds are dry or drying up throughout the region.

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Both Barrels Special Edition March 2019

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Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.

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North Island Roundup - Both Barrels 2018

Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.

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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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Northland Both Barrels July 2018

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Northland has some great upland game opportunities and now’s the time to make the most of them.

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Northland Both Barrels June 2018

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Despite the floods, those prepared to make the most of all their opportunities have reported good bags.

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Northland Both Barrels May 2018

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Another request for more duck friendly weather forecast didn’t come to fruition in Northland on opening Saturday and with some appeals to mother nature the wind eventually got up and...

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Northland Both Barrels April 2018

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With any luck, most of you will have had a chance to get your eye in with the opportunity provided by the special season for paradise shelduck, pukeko and black...

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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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Northland Both Barrels July 2017

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The mallard season may seem like distant memory now but hopefully you managed to secure a good bag during the season.

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Northland Both Barrels June 2017

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The season is rocketing along and we’ve had some great bags being shot around Northland.

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Northland Both Barrels May 2017

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I had heard about opening weekend in Northland being clear blue skies and a warm affair but I had hoped that coming up from Southland, that I would bring some...

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Northland Both Barrels Apr 2017

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With the recent flushes we’ve had from the Tasman tempest and cyclone Cook, previously dry wetlands are looking very lush and recharged.

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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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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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