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HELP PROTECT OUR SPORTING HERITAGE:
How much do you value our fishing and hunting heritage?
The Government is
proposing major changes
to the RMA that will
sports fish and game
Beware of unwanted surprises
It's that time of the year again when many
farms will be having visitors for the duck
shooting season, both two and four legged, to
reduces the risk of an unpleasant surprise on kill
sheets sheep farmers are advised to establish
some requirements before visitors bring dogs
Dan Lynch, of Ovis Management Ltd said across
the country each May hundreds of dogs are
taking onto farms for duck shooting.
To protect stock farmers need to make it clear to
any duck shooters bringing dogs that the dogs
need to be treated for sheep measles at least 48
hours and no more the a month before coming
onto their properties.
''It's no good dosing the dogs on arrival they
need to be treated a few days before they arrive
as dogs can shed sheep measles eggs up to 48
hours after treatment'' he said.
''They should also have some form of evidence
this has been done, best of all is a treatment
certificate or a receipt from the vet.''
Nearly all vets carry drugs to treat dogs using
either all wormers or straight tapeworm tablets
both of which are effective for removing sheep
measles tapeworms from dogs.
While farmers a doing a great job in keeping
sheep measles at low levels foreign dogs present
a risk to on-farm biosecurity and each year
following duck shooting farmers incur losses
from sheep measles arising from visiting dogs.
''A phone conversation prior to duckshooting
with hunters who intend to come onto your farm
well worth having'' he said.
For more information contact Ovis Management
or visit www.sheepmeasles.co.nz Article supplied
History and species
The popularity of duck shooting has never really
waned in rural areas like Southland, and the
tradition has a long and venerable history
stretching back to pre-European times.
With the arrival of early
European settlers came
introduced wildfowl and
other game birds, although not all
became naturalised as a matter of
However, the acclimatisation
societies of the 1860s onwards,
encouraged and aided by the
Protection of Certain Animals Act
1861, systematically imported,
managed and, later, protected
wildfowl and other animals and
Today, the mallard is the most
common duck in New Zealand, but
this wasn't always the case.
From 1867 repeated, unsuccessful,
attempts were made to acclimatise
English game farm stock.
In the 1930s and 40s, however, eggs
from San Francisco came in wicker
baskets on board flying boats, the
hatchlings from which spread
rapidly and successfully throughout
Today there are about 4.5 million
mallards, so many, in fact, they can
sometimes become a nuisance.
Resultantly, the mallard is the
mainstay of the duck hunter's bag.
The commonly seen paradise duck,
or ''parry'', is New Zealand's only
shelduck (gooselike duck) but,
when the country was first settled
by Europeans, it was rare.
The conversion of bush to pasture,
and the widespread creation of
stock ponds, many subsidised by
hunters' licence fees, has helped
numbers to explode.
Although abundant right across the
province, northern Southland
provides the best paradise duck
hunting in the region.
Canadian geese, or ''Honkers'' were
first introduced from the USA as a
gift from President Theodore
This is the wariest of all waterfowl
and the hunter's most challenging
Southland has a healthy Canadian
goose population with most being
found in the Te Anau Basin and
along the coastal fringe where they
seek out the large water bodies
they use for resting and refuge.
Whatever ends up in your bag this
season though: have fun, and safe
Seven Basic Rules
1. TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS LOADED
- Check every firearm yourself.
- Pass or accept only an open or unloaded
2. ALWAYS POINT FIREARMS IN A SAFE
- Loaded or unloaded, always point the muzzle
in a safe direction.
3. LOAD A FIREARM ONLY WHEN READY TO
- Load only the magazine after you reach your
- Load the chamber only when ready to shoot.
- Completely unload before leaving the
4. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET BEYOND ALL
- Movement, colour, sound and shape can all
- Assume colour, shape, sound, and shape to
be human until proven otherwise.
5. CHECK YOUR FIRING ZONE
- THINK! What may happen if you miss your
target? What might you hit between you and
the target or beyond?
- Do not fire when you know others are in your
6. STORE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
- When not in use, lock away the bolt, firearm
and ammunition separately.
- Never leave firearms in a vehicle that is
7. AVOID ALCOHOL AND DRUGS WHEN
- Good judgement is the key to safe use of
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