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Game Bird Hunting in New Zealand

Game bird hunting is one of the great social recreational sports in New Zealand, great for exercise and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

Game bird hunting is also a privilege; we must all maintain high hunting standards by being an ideal hunter.

For more information you should refer to the hunting “Code of Conduct" in the Game Bird Hunting Guide, supplied with your hunting licence. Also refer to the Game Bird Hunting Guide for season regulations, helpful hints on access, regional Fish & Game maps and much more. This guide is an essential companion to your hunting licence.

A reminder that once you're out there hunting, if you harvest a banded duck, please send us the details using our form.

Hunting News & Events

2017 Duck Hunters Day

Eastern Region Fish & Game is organising another duck hunters day, this time before the 2017 game bird hunting season. The aim is to educate hunters in our region on how to be more successful at attracting and hunting ducks, and encourage youth hunters into the sport.


Read Eastern Region's new game bird newsletter!

Hunters, here's Eastern Region's new game bird newsletter - with good news for the 2017-18 season!

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Claim your game bird hunting spot!

Fish & Game is reminding game bird hunters to stake their claim for their favourite maimai or duck shooting stand before the start of the new hunting season now only weeks away (Saturday, 6 May, 2017).