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Following a frosty start to the month the recent rain has the birds out moving.
Good numbers of game birds are still being observed across the region.
Excellent weather greeted game bird hunters for the opening weekend of the 2021 game season.
Preseason counts have been completed by staff and it looks like we are in store for a great season.
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...
The weather over the gamebird season has been very settled with long fine periods interspersed with shorter periods of rain and strong easterly winds.
The long-awaited start to opening weekend on the West Coast seems to have come with a silver lining.
While the delayed game bird season has taken some getting used to the good news is that under Alert level 2 hunters will be able to enjoy an almost normal...
Over the first two weeks of the lockdown, Fish & Game have been scenario planning around what form the game bird season might take.
Following a very settled start the season, with blue skies, frosty mornings and mirror lakes, the weather has really taken a turn for the worst, the birds have become very...
The first of three organised hunts for the 2019 Game bird season was held on the West Coast this month and I was lucky enough to be part of the action.
Weather conditions on the West Coast for opening weekend were pretty good with most hunters experiencing low cloud and moderate winds over much of the weekend.
Believe it or not, it's been a relatively stable spring and summer on the West Coast - excluding one or two significant rainfall events - great to see the Waiho...
Welcome to the first edition of Both Barrels for the 2019 game bird hunting season.
Ace game bird chef Phil Hazeldine presiding over a wild game feast.
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.
Hunter reports for this year's game bird season, which closes on July 29, have been mixed - with many saying they harvested few ducks while others have called it the...
As we head into July, hunting opportunities are improving, with the best of the season still to come for many parts of the West Coast.
Opening weekend provided just enough birds to make for a good day out for most hunters. Saturday morning while cloudy, didn’t really have enough wind to be ideal for hunting.
It’s that time of year that game bird hunters look forward to with eager anticipation...game bird Opening Weekend.
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.
Mainly settled weather has continued on the West Coast, with the long-range forecast indicating we'll get some rain between now and the end of the duck hunting season.
Game bird hunting continues to be highly productive this season for those who've been getting out, with many local hunters doing better now than earlier in the piece.
Now that awhile has passed since opening weekend, I have heard from quite a few local hunters.
It has been a great season for duck nesting, with plenty of surface water around.
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.