Northland Both Barrels Apr 2017
With the recent flushes we’ve had from the Tasman tempest and cyclone Cook, previously dry wetlands are looking very lush and recharged.
Good numbers of waterfowl have been observed at our Fish & Game-administered wetlands, and there has been a noticeable increase in the number of birds in flight with the extra open water around.
We are looking forward to a bumper season if the weather plays ball.
Top right: Happy hunters at the paradise shelduck weekend in February.
There has been plenty of interest in permits for the upcoming season. It’s been good to meet some keen hunters and chew the duck fat.
We are currently negotiating some more access to forestry blocks in the Kerikeri area which may lead to more pheasant hunting opportunities.
Remember an ounce of planning leads to a ton of reward. Make sure all your gear is in tip top condition.
Understand your shooting location; get to know the flight lines.
Take the time to pattern your shotguns, service them if required and know where your kill zone is around your maimai or hide, to increase your chances of success.
There are some good articles to help you out in the special hunting edition of the Fish & Game magazine.
If you have the opportunity, check out your local gun clubs for some practice to get your eye in.
The recent special paradise shelduck weekend was a good opportunity to do this.
We have pattern targets available at the office too.
Good luck for the upcoming season, look after each other, respect the public and landowners, don’t get caught out and get your licence, be respectful to our volunteer rangers.
I look forward to hearing stories of a whistling wing beat overhead, calculated calling, determined decoy sets, successful shooting and test fired recipes.
Fish & Game officer Andrew Kirk