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Both Barrels from Fish & Game NZ - March 2015

Both Barrels - April 2016.

Both BarrelsWelcome to our April edition of Both Barrels.

Not long now…only days before Opening Day, Saturday May 7.

There's good news for hunters – healthier duck populations in some regions, in both North and South Islands, have prompted more liberal rules and regulations, and some longer seasons.

If you're still wondering about access to public and private land after the hoo-ha over new workplace legislation, we re-cap where the issue is at. No big worries. You still need a farmer's permission to hunt his or her land, but recreational folk aren't caught by the new laws.

The Game Bird Food Festival is returning for the 11th year in a row. Check on restaurants taking part in your region

Remember to check out the toasty camo' jackets you can win courtesy of Hunting and Fishing New Zealand in our Banding Together project. Enjoy the read and from all the Fish & Game staff, here's wishing all game bird hunters a safe and happy start to the season!

P.P.S - If you think you've got an image worthy of featuring on our 'cover', email it to Don Rood for consideration.

This Month's Regional News Click on the region to read.

Auckland / Waikato
Hawke's Bay

Nelson / Marlborough
North Canterbury

West Coast
Central South Island

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Good news for game bird hunters this season.

Fish & Game regions which have changed their regulations as a result of bird population increases include Eastern in the central North Island, Wellington, Nelson / Marlborough and Southland. Click here for details.

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Concerned about access to hunting spots?

Hunters are assured that access to their favourite hunting possies has been addressed in the new workplace safety legislation. But of course you still need a landowner or farmer's permission to hunt on their land. Click here.

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Fancy yourself a bit of an ace duck caller?

Put your skills to the test against others in the NZ Duck Calling Championship. You'll have a quacker of a time! Click here.

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Good read!

Every previous season licence holder should have received a free copy of our Special Issue 'Hunting' Fish & Game magazine. If you didn't receive a copy, you can now read it online in its 'virtual' format. Click here to check out all the news and in-depth articles.

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Don't forget to buy your licence.

There's plenty of time left before the new season opens to get your licence organised for Opening Day – Saturday, May 7. Don't miss out on bagging a few birds this season. Click here to grab your licence.

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Ducks and other game birds are great to eat!

The Gamebird Food Festival is returning for its 11th year so check out the website to find out where to go to get your birds prepared by professionals here.

Fish & Game NZ, 2 Jarden Mile, PO Box 13-141, Wellington. Tel: (04) 499 4767

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