Category: Both Barrels

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Wellington Both Barrels April 2019

W2 Mallard trend count flights over Wairarapa Hamish Carnachan

Right: Mallard trend count flight over Wairarapa (Photo Hamish Carnachan).

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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

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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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Wellington Both Barrels July 2018


Sorry, there is no July report for the Wellington region at this stage.

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Wellington Both Barrels June 2018

W Successful Wairarapa hunter with a fat green head Credit Hamish Carnachan

The waterfowl season for the Wellington Fish & Game region ended on July 1, and it was one of the best for a long time.

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Wellington Both Barrels May 2018

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

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Wellington Both Barrels April 2018

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Fish & Game staff and hunters who've been out and about, have noticed far more ducks around this year (Photo Hamish Carnachan).

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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

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

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Wellington Both Barrels July 2017

Welly An approaching front Hamish Carnachan

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.

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Wellington Both Barrels June 2017

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The sun has set (July 2) on what many hunters are calling the best waterfowl season in years in the lower North Island.

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Wellington Both Barrels May 2017

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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.

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Wellington Both Barrels Apr 2017


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.

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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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