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24 The Mall, Cromwell
Decoy 6V. Remote
controlled - Wind assisted
wings. 1.5 metre mounting
pole. Battery included
7 Iles Street, Cromwell
Phone 03 445 4830
OPEN 7 DAYS
Mon-Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm
Sat 9am - 4pm
Sun 10am - 4pm
AMPLIFIRE GAME CALL
TEN CALLS TOTAL
2 PARADISE DUCK
4 MALLARD (OR GREY) DUCK
4 CANADA GOOSE
TEN CALLS IN ONE!
Round 1 of 36 sporting targets. Round 2 of 9 sporting targets.
Round 3 of 10 DTL novice trophy.
This shoot is sponsored by Hamills
Sports Wanaka and there will be a draw for a
shotgun, plus prizes for place getters.
The gun club is situated on the Albert Town Hawea Road
4 km from Albert Town.
Remember to bring your Firearms licence, as it must
be produced to purchase ammunition on the day.
WANAKA GUN CLUB
DUCK SHOOTERS PRACTICE DAY
APRIL 25TH 12 NOON
Positive start to season expected
By JENNA VAN DER HOORN
Don t get drunk and shoot your mate, those are the wise words
of Central Otago Hunting & Fishing co-owner Larry Dougherty.
Duck hunting season is here, and
on May 4 enthusiasts will be
heading out to their maimai's to
get their fair share of feathered friends.
In Central Otago, the weather is looking
great for the season ahead, with Larry
saying duck numbers have been good,
so hunters should expect a positive
''It hasn't been that dry, it's dry enough
but not as bad as the rest of the
country,'' Larry says.
A positive breeding season was also
encouraging for the hunters looking to
bag a few birds, however Larry urges
hunters to know what they are aiming
There are several types of ducks you can
and can't shoot, and it's important to
familiarise yourself with these limits in
the Central Otago area.
In most areas, there's a 25 bird limit,
however each breed also has a different
Mallard and Grey: 25
Paradise: 12 in some areas, 5 in others
Swans: 5 in some areas, 0 in others.
Because of the varying limits, Larry
urges all hunters to do their research
before they head to their maimais, to
familiarise themselves with the rules.
Teal ducks (both grey and blue) should
not be hunted under any circumstances,
and for anyone caught with these ducks,
there are large penalties.
Similar in colour to the common
mallard, teals are protected under the
Wildlife Act. The maximum sentence for
killing teals is six months' jail or a
$100,000 fine and $5000 per bird.
However, it's not just hunting ducks that
gets all the blokes together in maimais
around New Zealand, it's the social side
Larry says that people love getting
together in groups and socialising, and
it's a great excuse for old friends who
may not have seen each other since the
last hunting season to meet over a
So get your camoflauge gear ready,
organise your steel shot capable guns,
get the maimai kitted out, and get ready
for a safe and fun season of duck
Central Hunters will Go With the Flow
Fish and Game have reported duck
populations are patchy throughout
the Otago Region with the larger
numbers settled on bigger waterways and
river systems. The very dry summer and
autumn has forced ducks away from
smaller ponds struggling for water so any
rain between now and the opening day on
May 4 will be appreciated by ducks and of
Central based Fish and Game Officer Cliff
Halford said if hunters are experiencing
low water conditions in their spot other
options were possible with time still
available before the opening to change
plans, but to be mindful of other hunter's
positions. He said the heads of the main
lakes are worth considering and
backwaters on the Clutha and
Manuherikia Rivers were obvious choices.
Some of the smaller tributaries attract
more ducks than hunters realized, he said.
''There's no shortage of ducks, they've just
settled in elsewhere, so grab the
binoculars climb behind the wheel and
have a look around''
Mr Halford said that while some hunters
might take up the challenge most Central
Otago hunters were happy to ''go with the
flow'' and regardless of the water situation
or success would still have a great time. He
said for most the opening weekend was
about family, friends, the feast, and some
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