A man was taken to Southland Hospital after he was shot on the opening day of the duck-shooting season. 65,000 game shooters turned out for opening day on Saturday. A police spokesman said the man was struck by shotgun pellets while duck-shooting north of Gore, about 5pm on Saturday. He was taken to Southland Hospital, in Invercargill. The man’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening but police are investigating. Duck shooting incidents that lead to injury or death are uncommon. Fish & Game NZ chief executive Corina Jordan, joined hunters on Lake Ellesmere Canterbury for opening morning and said reports of low cloud, a bit of wind, and in some cases, rain, meant excellent hunting conditions.