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10 tips for upland game bird hunting
Heading further into winter, the weather is reminding us that we live in the deep south.
If Opening Weekend this season felt a little quiet in your maimai, you’re not alone.
Otago hunters should expect an average season, but that’s still surprisingly good, given the summer drought.
Welcome to our first Both Barrels of the 2023 hunting season.
It’s late season. The mornings are cold, and it’s a lot harder to get out of bed than it was in May.
He’s got sharp eyes, good ears and drives mum mad with his mallard drake whistle.
Hunters shot slightly fewer birds and spent less time in the maimai on opening weekend of the game bird season in Otago this year.
The 2022 game bird season gets off to a bang on Saturday, May 7.
Both Barrels will start in earnest in April, giving all hunters access to some of the best minds in game bird hunting in New Zealand.
That’s a wrap for the mallard season in Otago, which ended on July 11.
Duck and quail shooting is a family affair for the Bonneys of Allanton.
Scouting 20 hours a week has been the key to success so far this duck season, Otago hunter Chris Bell says.
Excitement is building in Otago for the opening of the 2021 game bird season on Saturday, May 1.
With less than six weeks to go until the game bird season, we welcome our readers of Both Barrels for 2021, the place where we keep you up to date...
I trust you have had an enjoyable 2020 game bird hunting season to date and treated yourself to a few feeds of wild duck, try this delicious recipe here
The May 23 opening brought smiles to hunters young and old who had to wait 55 weeks since the opening of 2019 due to the Covid – 19 virus outbreak...
Yes, Opening Day is Finally Happening!
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
The last weekend for mallard/grey and NZ shoveler duck hunting is the 27/28th of July.
Preseason predictions suggesting that duck numbers would be healthy for the start of the season were bang on.
Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.
Ace game bird chef Phil Hazeldine presiding over a wild game feast.
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.
Winter has finally arrived in the south with cold temperatures and lots of snow on the hills.
The dry summer made an impact with less ducks around than last season but on the bright side harvested birds were in great condition.
Most of Otago experienced reasonable rainfall over spring and good mallard brood numbers were reported - then parts of the region dried off and descended quickly into drought conditions.
Welcome to this special issue of Both Barrels
The game bird season has ended... or has it?
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...
Heath Worsfold’s truck with a nice pheasant and a happy pup named Sneak.
It’s incredible how three months can quickly slip by and the 2017 hunting season for mallard ducks has come to an end.
Winter has finally made an appearance: the days are shorter and temperatures have dropped considerably but the rain has stayed away.
The start to the season was influenced by calm conditions which affected hunting success across the region, but this didn’t deter hunters from getting out and enjoying the weekend.
While Opening Day results are often governed by the weather, the general outlook for the region looks great.
Opening day is probably the only day of the year when I wake up and I’m upset by a lack of wind!
The mallard, grey and shoveler seasons are now but a memory, and even parries and black swan are off limits with their seasons over.
For what must be the 10th year in a row, Otago hunters woke to clear calm conditions for the Opening Day.
Opening Weekend heralded fine and pleasant weather.
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...
Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.
Fish & Game had three ranging teams out in the field on Opening Day this year, concentrating on private land around Blenheim and Murchison.
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.
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...
Opening Weekend game bird hunting produced a “great variety” of results for hunters around the Northland Peninsula.
Fish & Game rangers along with police officers checked 57 waterfowl hunters over Opening Weekend.
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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