Otago is a gamebird hunters’ paradise. The region offers hunters a wide variety of different experiences; from decoying mobs of mallards over costal wetlands, to flushing quail in high country scrubland, and stalking Canada geese on mountain riverbeds.
Waterfowl hunting is a fascinating sport. If the Fish & Game Councils can assist you get more from your sport, we will only be too happy to do so. Enjoy your hunting.
OTAGO HUNTING INFORMATION:
Fish & Game Otago has a variety of information to help your gamebird hunting:
- Brochures on waterfowl hunting for beginners, Canada goose hunting, Parrie hunting, evening shooting, wetland development, Pheasant hunting, Quail hunting, maimai building.
- Wetlands and ponds: Otago staff are happy to discuss and visit a site to advise on wetland creation or enhancement.
- Fish & Game New Zealand magazines: Our office and major licence agents have free additional copies of the Fish & Game magazine.
- Hunting advice : we can advise you on all aspects of hunting and hunting areas
- Riverbank management: Otago staff can provide information to assist with the management of riverbanks to minimise erosion and provide sport fish and game habitat.
A hunting licence does not give you access to any land. Riverbeds of the larger rivers are usually crown-owned but you should still clear access to these with the local city or borough council. All farms are privately owned and permission must be obtained first from farm owners, but make your enquiries about access for the shooting season after the lambing season (October) and before the end of February as this is a fairly quiet time for most farmers.
Wildlife Management Reserves exist in most Fish & Game Council regions to which you can gain access, and many of these have permanent duck blinds, which are balloted for each year. Enquire at your local Fish & Game Council or DOC office. Joining your local Fish & Game Council club or gun club will also put you in touch with other hunters who can give you additional information on where you can hunt, and where you may find a hunting partner.
One aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked is the possibility of building your own dam or duck-shooting pond. Most farms have a marshy area that could be ‘blown’ or a small stream that could be dammed to provide waterfowl hunting. Pamphlets from Fish & Game Council offices can assist you in how to make ponds, and of course you are providing much-needed habitat for all the wildlife that are dependent upon wetlands for survival.