2018 game bird hunting starts on 05 May

The game bird hunting season gets underway on Saturday, 05 May 2018. With a couple of large lakes within a kilometre or so of the beach, that means that from around dawn you may hear shots. Shooting is permitted between 6.30 am and 6.30 pm. Owners of dogs and other animals: be sure to talk to your vet about ways to deal with anxious and frightened animals.

Hunters: remember that discharging any firearm in the settlement is prohibited.

Hunters in this region may be going after mallard, grey duck, Paradise shelduck, NZ shoveler duck, pukeko, black swan and pheasant. Fish and Game have more detailed information.

Black swans on the lake by Reay Mackay Grove.
Black swans on the lake by Reay Mackay Grove.

Mallard ducks and pukeko head.
Mallard ducks and pukeko head.

In 2017 the season opened on on Saturday, 06 May 2017.

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