Shoot­ers busy on open­ing week­end

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

The ev­i­dence is anec­do­tal but it ap­pears duck shoot­ers had a suc­cess­ful open­ing week­end in the north­ern Tararua.

While the con­di­tions were not ideal on Satur­day, with no cloud cover or wind, Sun­day was over­cast in the morn­ing and the west of Dan­nevirke, which was quiet on Satur­day, was busy on Sun­day morn­ing.

Two young hunters had a 30-duck haul over the week­end north of Dan­nevirke while an Aus­tralian from Vic­to­ria was thrilled to shoot his quota along the Manawatu River.

Oth­ers in other spots had a lean time of it but there are plenty of ducks re­ported in the dis­trict and fu­ture shoot­ing could be re­ward­ing.

Cer­tainly in­di­ca­tions from re­tail­ers sug­gest there were a lot of hunters out there and their clients had had rea­son­able suc­cess.

One pro­nounced the sea­son so far as good.

Dan­nevirke Hunt­ing and Fish­ing sold over 200 li­cences, a lot more than last year, pos­si­bly due to giv­ing away a knife with each li­cence, but sales of guns and gear were up in all venues sell­ing equip­ment.

Dave’s Sport n Out­doors had a spe­cial trade-in deal to pur­chase Eter­nal Im­pactor shot­guns and were sold out in two days.

High-end guns like the Miroka MK70 also sold well.

Dan­nevirke Hunt­ing and Fish­ing were still sell­ing guns on Satur­day morn­ing and owner Richard France ex­pects the trade to con­tinue.

Dan­nevirke’s Lower Do­main sanc­tu­ary was not crowded on Tues­day, and the ducks did not ap­pear spooked by their week­end ex­pe­ri­ence.

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LEFT: Peter An­der­son on hand to sell from sup­plies of equip­ment for duck shoot­ing at Dave’s Sport n Out­doors FAR left: A sim­i­lar display of equip­ment and tro­phies at Dan­nevirke Hunt­ing and Fish­ing. BELOW: Peace and safety at the do­main Ro­tary Boat­ing...

Hun­gry ducks at the Dan­nevirke Lower Do­main sanc­tu­ary even stole McKenna (1) and Melissa Sink­in­son’s KFC.

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