Clear weather favourable for ducks

20:23, May 05 2014
Radio House building in Blenheim
TAKING AIM: Duck shooters make the most of opening weekend.

The opening weekend of the duck hunting season got off to a slow start in Marlborough this year.

Nelson Marlborough Fish & Game officer Lawson Davey said no compliance officers had found hunters who had shot their bag limit on the opening morning in Marlborough. The clear conditions may have been to blame, with the fine weather allowing the ducks to fly high, making hunting difficult, he said.

Hunters in the region had abided by the law with no offences being reported in Marlborough.

In the Tasman region nine offences were allegedly committed by seven hunters. These were committed on private land and related to five offences for using lead bullets and four for shooting without a valid firearms licence, Davey said. It is illegal to shoot with lead within 200 metres of a waterway.

This was a "disappointing result", with offences normally numbering around two or three for the opening day of the season across the top of the south, he said.

"Generally people were good and hunters stuck to the law on the opening day. Those who did offend are given seven days to write to us giving their side of the story," he said.

Compliance officers had been focusing more on private land in the last few years, as those were the areas where hunters were more likely to offend, Davey said. Hunters on public land tended to be more compliant.