Fish & Game NZ is calling keen hunters to get ready for the new season after opening bird hunting ballots on 1 February.
“The opportunity to access some of the best public land areas for game bird hunting in New Zealand starts today (1 February),” Fish & Game NZ said.
“Even though duck hunting season doesn’t start till 1 May, now is the time to get ready for the new season.”
Hunters who would like to hunt on some premium public land in South Canterbury and North Otago during Opening Weekend are being offered the chance to sign up for four balloted hunting areas.
The ballot for public hunting stands in the Central South Island Fish & Game (CSIFG) region opened on 1 February.
Up to 15 hunting parties can hunt on the Wainono Wetland reserve, All Day Bay, Ealing Springs, and Devils Bridge sites that are owned or managed on hunter’s behalf by CSIFG.
“The hunting areas we have available for hunters are perfect for someone who may be new to the area or wants to branch out and try somewhere new,” said Central South Island Fish & Game officer Hamish Stevens.
“They have been set up so that hunters have the best chance of success and to make it easy for hunters to access and use.
“The wetlands offer a variety of game bird species to pursue coupled with some outstanding scenery.
“They provide a great option for those in search for a new Opening Weekend spot or those looking to try a new spot throughout the season.”
Interested hunters can call the Temuka Office on 03-615-8400 and apply by 1 March.
After opening weekend, any hunter can apply for a permit to hunt these sites from the Temuka Office.
CSIFG staff have helped hunters out by building carefully selected, purpose-designed hunting stands at Wainono Wetland Reserve to maximise the hunter’s opportunities for success.
“All ballot winners need to do is go and check out their site pre-season, see what work is required to get it ready for opening weekend, and then all they need to do is turn up to enjoy some premium hunting.”