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A larger duck population, ideal breeding conditions, an abundant food supply and good survival rates of broods will equate to more ducks for Wellington Fish & Game region hunters to...
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...
Now That The Duck Season Is Over...
The duck hunting season got off to a sluggish start in the lower North Island but it is definitely firing now the weather has become more unsettled.
Hunters finally have the news they've been patiently waiting for – it's game on!
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
For more on game bird hunting opportunities in the Wellington Fish & Game region now that the waterfowl season is over, click here to read our latest hunting report.
This weekend is your last chance to get out and see the main waterfowl season off with a bang, and give the dog one last run on the ducks until...
Right: Waiting for the evening flight (Photo: Hamish Carnachan).
Right: Mallard trend count flight over Wairarapa (Photo Hamish Carnachan).
Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.
Claire Heyns, NorthTec Practicum student, helping with shoveler counts.
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.
Sorry, there is no July report for the Wellington region at this stage.
The waterfowl season for the Wellington Fish & Game region ended on July 1, and it was one of the best for a long time.
Sorry, but there is no report for the Wellington region this month.
Fish & Game staff and hunters who've been out and about, have noticed far more ducks around this year (Photo Hamish Carnachan).
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.
The sun has gone down on what many agree has been a much better season for mallards with plenty more birds about than in previous years.
The sun has set (July 2) on what many hunters are calling the best waterfowl season in years in the lower North Island.
The fine sunny weather that becalmed the entire lower North Island didn’t make for much action over Opening Weekend but the action has rapidly heated up since then.
One of the wettest summers many in the lower North Island can remember may have made for miserable holidaying but it has been a boon for mallard ducks.
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.