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North Island Roundup - Both Barrels 2018

Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.

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Both Barrels August 2018

SS 1 Phil gamebird fest

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.

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Taranaki Both Barrels July 2018

T2BBJuly18. Taranaki pheasants can be out in all weather.

Following the end of the duck hunting season, we’ve seen good numbers of mallards during wetland visits - indicating a strong base population going into the breeding season.

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Taranaki Both Barrels June 2018

TBB1Jun18. Troy Grigg with Charlie photo Sophie Grigg

Overall, it’s been an average season for ducks, with hunters reporting more mallards than in recent years but fewer paradise shelduck.

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Taranaki Both Barrels May 2018

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Sorry, but there is no report for the Taranaki region this month.

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Taranaki Both Barrels April 2018

TBBApril19. A good breeding season means many ponds are currently holding good numbers of ducks

There will be lots of good hunting to be had in the Taranaki region this season, although the weather will as usual have a major influence on the availability of...

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Both Barrels Special Edition March 2018

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Welcome to this special issue of Both Barrels

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Both Barrels August 2017

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The game bird season has ended... or has it?

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Both Barrels South Island Roundup

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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...

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Both Barrels North Island Roundup

N BB 1 Heath worsfolds truck pheasant with happy pup sneak2

Heath Worsfold’s truck with a nice pheasant and a happy pup named Sneak.

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Taranaki Both Barrels July 2017

TBBJul2019. Coastal sand country can provide some good hunting opportunities for pheasant

While the season for ducks and swan ended on Sunday 2nd July, pukeko can still be hunted in Taranaki until Sunday August 27, with a daily bag limit of 10...

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Taranaki Both Barrels June 2017

TBBJul2017. Coastal sand country can provide some good hunting opportunities for pheasant

While the season for ducks and swan ended on Sunday 2nd July, pukeko can still be hunted in Taranaki until Sunday August 27, with a daily bag limit of 10...

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Taranaki Both Barrels May 2017

TBB12017. Jakson Stewart with his opening day bag of 10 birds at Lake Ratapiko

While some hunters have had very good success, overall it has been quieter than expected given the high numbers of ducks seen before the season.

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Taranaki Both Barrels April 2017

TBB1April 2017. A good breeding season means there will be plenty of ducks for hunters this year

The damp grey spring last year and a wet summer has been a boon for mallard and grey duck breeding.

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Both Barrels Mar 2017

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Get set to hunt some game birds

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Southland Both Barrels May 2016

Opening day is probably the only day of the year when I wake up and I’m upset by a lack of wind!

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Auckland Waikato Both Barrels May 2016

The mallard, grey and shoveler seasons are now but a memory, and even parries and black swan are off limits with their seasons over.

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Otago Both BarrelsMay 2016

For what must be the 10th year in a row, Otago hunters woke to clear calm conditions for the Opening Day.

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Central South Island Both Barrels May 2016

Opening Weekend heralded fine and pleasant weather.

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North Canterbury Both Barrels May 2016

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...

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West Coast Both Barrels May 2016

Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.

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Nelson Marlborough Both Barrels May 2016

Fish & Game had three ranging teams out in the field on Opening Day this year, concentrating on private land around Blenheim and Murchison.

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Wellington Both Barrels May 2016

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.

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Taranaki Both Barrels May 2016

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...

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Northland Both Barrels May 2016

Opening Weekend game bird hunting produced a “great variety” of results for hunters around the Northland Peninsula.

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Hawke's Bay Both Barrrels May 2016

Fish & Game rangers along with police officers checked 57 waterfowl hunters over Opening Weekend.

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Eastern Both Barrels May 2016

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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