Women on the hunt

Central Otago Mirror - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Once it was re­garded as an ‘all male’ do­main. Now the open­ing week­end of duck shoot­ing is also looked for­ward to with an­tic­i­pa­tion by the women of the fam­ily, and for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. While many of the male ori­en­tated tra­di­tions are care­fully planned, so are the events which keep the non-shoot­ing part­ner con­tent as the males are left to their maimais, the cold wa­ter, their ‘tall duck tales’, and re­newed friend­ships over the week­end. Shop­ping ex­cur­sions and week­ends away are an ex­cel­lent op­tion for the ‘duck shoot­ing widow’ with a myr­iad of plea­sur­able ac­tiv­i­ties abound­ing in the heart of South­land and Otago. With nu­mer­ous shops to choose from, some tasty treats to sam­ple in a se­lec­tion of eat­ing places, beau­ti­ful scenery abound­ing in many ar­eas, and wine tast­ing in Cen­tral Otago, there are any num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties which can be en­joyed with a friend, a group of friends, or a bus­load of ‘duck shoot­ing wi­d­ows’ out to make open­ing day (or week­end) of duck shoot­ing sea­son their own spe­cial day. What a great new tra­di­tion to start, putting a fem­i­nine touch onto a week­end which has largely been male ori­en­tated in the years gone by. How­ever, in re­cent years, an in­creas­ing num­ber of fe­males are opt­ing to par­tic­i­pate in duck shoot­ing, and are just as likely to be seen out in the maimais as their male coun­ter­parts.

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