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The Southland 2023 waterfowl hunting season came to an end on the Sunday of the Matariki long weekend.
As we move into the latter half of the waterfowl hunting season, many hunters pack away their decoys and duck callers and eagerly await next year's Opening Weekend.
The team at Southland Fish & Game will be sending out a pre-season hunting package direct to their licence holders shortly.
Welcome to our first Both Barrels of the 2023 hunting season.
According to our fortnightly hunter harvest surveys, harvest and hunter effort was fairly typical this season.
A common saying amongst anglers is that 90% of the fish are caught by 10% of the fisherman - similar is true for hunters.
Miracles do happen, for the first time in many years the opening weekend was not calm, sunny BBQ weather.
The game bird season is almost here, and Fish and Game monitoring data is indicating we have yet another cracker season ahead.
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.
We hope everyone who was able managed to get out at least once more throughout the 2021 season.
Time sure has flown as we already have just less than a month of waterfowl season to go – make sure you get out and make the most of it!
Opening Weekend 2021 was another stunning, beautiful day perfect for barbecuing in the sun but not so much for the duck hunting.
This season is looking like another fantastic one: overall the mallard count is very similar to our last aerial count completed in 2019, which was the highest count we have...
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...
During the day, mallards will often rest up underneath willows located on the margins of our rivers.
Opening weekend was a great success in Southland with plenty of birds about.
From our Spring brood counts and ongoing wet Summer we have seen plenty of mallards, paradise shelduck and black swans getting around this season.
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
We hope everyone had a great end to their waterfowl season in Southland.
Results from our annual game bird harvest survey put our opening weekend harvest at 13.8 mallards per hunter.
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.
We asked 121 game bird hunters over Opening Weekend what their thoughts were on regulations to encourage hunters to focus on 'green heads.'
Unfortunately the 2018 opening weekend will not go down as one of the best. In general, the number of mallards harvested was down in most areas.
Any wild population fluctuates around a mean. This is due to the natural fluctuation in environmental conditions and the impact of time lag on the response of a population.
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.
There are only a few days left of the 2017 waterfowl season! Hopefully you've been out and experienced a few good hunts, and have the freezer stocked up with ducks...
With all the steady rain the region has been experiencing lately there will be plenty of puddles springing up for worm-gorging ducks!
I suppose it has become partly expected, but this years’ Opening Weekend mirrored many of Southlands' previous Openings with beautiful clear blue skies and barely a breath of wind.
The mallard count from this season’s flight are in!
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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