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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!
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...
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.
All this wet weather has created lots of puddles for mallards.
Results from our annual game bird harvest survey put our opening weekend harvest at 13.8 mallards per hunter.
The extra rain we received in November and December meant our later nesting mallards fared well to have a very productive and successful breeding season.
Ace game bird chef Phil Hazeldine presiding over a wild game feast.
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