Duck shoot­ing ex­cel­lent in parts

The Northland Age - - Local Life / Opinion -

The shoot­ing sea­son opened patchily, gen­er­ally good for ducks in the Far North but dif­fi­cult on the “main­land,” and with pheas­ants al­most a to­tal loss in most parts.

The Far North cor­re­spon­dent of the North­land Age must have had a good week­end for he headed his report “Shoot­ing sea­son 1969 in the Far North goes with a bang.”

“With weather like an Indian Sum­mer, good bags seemed to be the or­der of the day, though re­ports from Paren­garenga Har­bour and the lakes were very mixed.

“Some shoot­ers en­joyed their limit bags there, while oth­ers were not so for­tu­nate, get­ting only six or seven on the first two days.

“Shoot­ers in the Ngataki and Houhora ar­eas re­ported limit bags, as lack of rain made har­bour and per­ma­nent lake shoot­ing good.

“Re­ports from pheas­ant shoot­ers were not so sat­is­fac­tory, and most found that the con­di­tions were too dry.

“A good rain is needed to bring the birds out of cover, es­pe­cially on the sandy coun­try,” writes the cor­re­spon­dent.

Many duck shoot­ers saw plenty of birds but they were hun­dreds of feet up in the clear skies.

Men at the mouth of the Awanui Har­bour had lit­tle suc­cess, but those in the man­groves shot their lim­its quickly.

There was a bit of a job­ble on the sea on Satur­day, and so the fright­ened birds could not take refuge there.

On Sun­day it was smoother. and the rafts of birds sat off­shore in places un­til dark.

Pheas­ant shoot­ing was also hard on the hill coun­try, so far as we know. One man who con­cen­trates on pheas­ants and usu­ally gets lim­its only had four.

There were a few swans shot, but un­less a drive is or­gan­ised no-one ex­pects to get many of these wily birds ex­cept by sheer luck.

Only one bag of game went away from Kaitaia by air — a con­trast to the old days when the Thomp­son Brothers used to han­dle up to 70 bags of birds on Mon­day morn­ing. Per­haps there are not so many birds about, but per­haps the ubiq­ui­tous deep freeze makes gen­eros­ity less nec­es­sary.

— May 6, 1969

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