Courtesy of Fish & Game NZ
Game bird hunters have waited patiently, and now we can confirm that 23rd of May will mark the start of the 2020 game bird season and you will once again be amongst the action at your favourite hunting spot. We know that about 40,000 people in New Zealand regard the game bird season as an important national tradition to come together and harvest game birds for the family dinner table.
It was recognised that hunters needed time to equip themselves, prepare their maimai’s and travel to their hunting spots. The season start date was selected to make this easy. Outdoor retailers will also be pleased that hunters can buy instore and be fully prepared for the start of the season. Under Alert Level 2 we are able to have a basically normal season with the only real change being the delayed start.
So, the great news is, hunters can travel inter-regionally and will be able stay overnight at their hunting spots with friends and family under Level 2. Use their boats is also allowed and access public land is back on too.
While this offers the freedom duck hunters had hoped for, there are still considerations that need to be adhered to as outlined in the Government’s Level 2 guidelines for the safety of all involved.
Fish & Game staff have used the lockdown period to have all the necessary regulation changes made for the new season start date which will be made widely available.
11 May 2020