Duck shoot­ers be­have

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Hunters win praise for ‘safe’ start to new game bird hunt­ing sea­son Game bird hunters have been ap­plauded for a ‘‘safe and happy’’ start to the new hunt­ing sea­son this week­end.

Thou­sands of game bird hunters have turned out for the start of a new hunt­ing sea­son yes­ter­day (May 6) and early this morn­ing in what is shap­ing up to be an ex­cel­lent sea­son.

Fish & Game com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Don Rood says that so far there’ve been no re­ports of any se­ri­ous, or even more mi­nor in­ci­dents, ‘‘which is hugely en­cour­ag­ing and we hope of course, that hunters can keep it up.’’

Mr Rood says that with an es­ti­mated near 40,000 li­censed game bird hunters, it is a re­lief to have ev­ery­one make it home safe and happy from Open­ing Day – re­gard­less of how many birds they’ve man­aged to har­vest.

In the North Is­land, field of­fi­cers in the Waikato re­ported see­ing thou­sands of ducks on open­ing morn­ing, bear­ing out Fish & Game’s mon­i­tor­ing which in­di­cated ex­cel­lent breed­ing con­di­tions with the wet spring and sum­mer.

Fish & Game Auck­land / Waikato man­ager Ben Wil­son says it was an ‘‘ex­cel­lent start’’ to the sea­son with duck num­bers well up on pre­vi­ous years, and hunters showed a high level of com­pli­ance with the reg­u­la­tions.

A duck hunter aims high on the open­ing day of the sea­son.

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