Duck shooters behave
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.