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
- June 2022
- May 2022
- April 2022
- March 2022
- July 2021
- June 2021
- May 2021
- April 2021
- March 2021
- July 2020
- June 2020
- April 2020
- August 2019
- July 2019
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- March 2017
- January 2017
- May 2016