Women on the hunt
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.