New Zealand duck hunting is a high-quality experience that can provide fun for the entire family. The natural habitat for New Zealand’s upland game birds and waterfowl is spectacular. In addition to duck species popularly hunted in the United States are indigenous species that top avid bird hunters’ lists, plus unique wingshooting opportunities that probably should.
Endemic duck species prized by collectors include Paradise Shelducks (Tadorna variegate), Pacific Black Ducks (Anas superciliosa), Australian Shovelers (Anas rhynchotis). Mallards and Canada Geese thrive, as do Black Swans (Cygnus atratus), and comprise the bulk of the New Zealand waterfowl hunting bag.
New Zealand waterfowl hunting is characterized by high-quality wingshooting. Waterfowl are plentiful, with daily bags usually exceeding the lawful take in the US, but New Zealand duck hunting is about decoying exoctic species in the most enchanting scenery imaginable. Fifteen to 30 waterfowl are a reasonable expectation.
Duck hunting in New Zealand is from comfortable maimais (duck blinds) on land or water, usually 2 hunters per blind. Baiting is legal, but not always necessary because waterfowl remain unpressured by hunting. Guns may be unplugged. New Zealand duck hunting season runs May through July and coincides with prime hunting for many big game species. You may bring your own shotgun very easily, but Remington 870s, for example, are included in these New Zealand duck hunting packages for those so inclined.
Upland bird hunting in New Zealand rounds out our wingshooting programs perfectly. There’s plenty from which to choose, too. Puekekos (Porphyrio melanotus), sometimes called blue pheasants, are native species that dwell along wetland margins and prized by collectors. California quail most common of the introduced upland game birds and are found in both islands in coveys of usually between 10 and 100 birds. Covies of up to 400 having been reported. Other upland bird hunting opportunities include ring-neck pheasants, as well as hunting for the world’s largest pheasant – wild peacocks – are hunted over pointers and walk-ups.
Spring turkey hunters will marvel at the abundance of mature gobblers with no hunter competition during the spring months August through December. Merriam’s Wild Turkeys are abundant, especially on North Island. The turkeys may be hunted throughout the year, with a generous outfitter-imposed limits of 3 gobblers daily. February through August, during the fall and winter months, effective turkey hunting methods in Kiwi Land consist of still hunting or busting large flocks and calling them back.
Article by: Ramsey Russell’s – Get Ducks