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Both Barrels from Fish & Game NZ - March 2015

Both Barrels - June 2016.

Both BarrelsWith the game bird hunting season now half way through, hunters in many regions are reporting duck numbers are up after a good breeding season.

The better numbers have resulted in a subsequent improvement in the number of duck dinners that hunters have been able to serve to their families and friends.

For many North Island licence holders, the season for mallard, grey and shoveller ducks closed in June in Auckland/Waikato, Eastern and Hawkes Bay regions.

Taranaki and Wellington close on July 3, leaving Northland the only North Island region open to duck hunters for the rest of the month.

In contrast, all South Island regions are open through to the end of July...read the full report here.

P.S. This month's cover picture - Areas of rough cover in gullies and coastal country can hold reasonable numbers of pheasant like this part of the Taranaki.

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.

Northland - N/A
Auckland / Waikato
Eastern
Hawke's Bay

Taranaki
Wellington
Nelson / Marlborough
North Canterbury

West Coast
Central South Island
Otago
Southland

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FISH & GAME URGES GOVERNMENT ACTION AFTER LANDMARK WATER RESEARCH FINDINGS

Fish & Game is urging the Government to reconsider how freshwater is being used and managed after world-leading research by the Cawthron Institute revealed that taking water from rivers affects fish like trout much more than first thought. here.

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MALLARD BREEDING AND SURVIVAL

Fish & Game research has provided some fascinating insights into what mallards need to successfully breed and what affects duckling survival.  Have a look at what Fish & Game scientist Erin Garrick has discovered. Click here for details.

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NATIONAL DUCK CALLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Who is New Zealand's best duck caller?  The final showdown between the regional champions is being held in Tauranga on July 9.  What does it take to make the grade?  Find out what happened at the Canterbury finals here.

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COOKING UP A STORM!

Once again, the Game Bird Food Festival proved a hit with hunters and restaurants around the country.  It ends on June 30, so you only have a few days left to take advantage of the opportunity to have your bag cooked by a professional chef! Click here for details.

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