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Local Hunting Regulations

Game  Bird Hunting Regulations and Guides are updated annually. Please be aware at all times of local and national regulations to ensure the safety of others and the sustainability of game bird hunting. This page has hunting regulation information specific to the Otago region.

For more information on local hunting regulations, please contact the Otago Fish & Game office.


Game bird hunting regulations 2017-18

Click here for Otago's game bird hunting regulations for the 2017-18 season.



Otago is a game bird 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.

The stronghold of the Mallard population is located in the fertile and productive farmlands of South and West Otago. Large numbers of Mallards can also be found on coastal estuaries, the Lake Waihola/Waipori wetlands, Lake Tuakitoto, Lower Taieri and Upper Taieri wetland areas.

Californian quail
Healthy quail populations are scattered throughout Central Otago and the Southern Lakes.

Canada Geese
Canada geese are no longer game birds but they can be found in most high country areas with resident populations in the Matukituki, Makarora, Hunter, Upper Taieri and Manuherikia river valleys. There are also excellent hunting opportunities in the Upper Clutha basin at Glenorchy, and on many Central Otago reservoirs. Smaller popultions can be found on many of the coastal estuaries and wetlands as well.

Hunting equipment for hire
Canada goose decoys, coffin blinds and camouflage nets are also available for hire.

More information
Contact us for advice and brochures on hunting and wetland creation.