Ten days out from the opening of the duck shooting season and Fish and Game are recommending early preparation as the key to getting things right on opening weekend. Opening day, is always the first Saturday in May and a much-anticipated event around New Zealand. Fish and Game say hunters should have their location for opening weekend sorted and mai mais scrubbed up in advance so they are poised and ready when the season opens at 6.45 am on May 7. Central South Island Fish & Game officer Rhys Adams says it is critical to organise ammunition and hearing protection, inspect and oil shotguns — and most importantly have a good supply of bacon and egg pie and that thermos full of coffee or hot chocolate. Fish & Game rangers will be visible through opening weekend and hopeful there will be better compliance than last seasons opening when several hunters were found hunting without a licence and using lead shot over open water in the Mackenzie Basin and upper Waitaki Valley.
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