Fish and Game Rangers confiscated four firearms for unlicensed hunters in Northland on Opening Day of the game bird hunting season. Fish & Game Rangers and police are investigating two loaded firearms found at an unattended maimai with lead ammunition near Palmerston, North Otago and also in the South five offence notices were issued for shooting lead shot, hunting without a licence, and failing to produce a licence. But it seems it was a good day for the ducks with clear skies sunshine and light winds across the country and a very social start to the season. With the warm wet summer Wairarapa has some of the highest numbers of ducks ever seen and Mallard numbers in the Manawatu River are twice the numbers of last year. The West Coast region had overcast weather pleasing hunters, but a lack of wind limited success on larger water areas. It seems Southland was the pick with favourable hunting conditions producing some great harvests. It is estimated that 60,000 hunters were out on opening day.
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