Duck Hunting Opening Weekend Almost Here

May 03, 2017
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With three sleeps until Duck Hunting season begins – whatsoninvers spoke to keen hunter and duck-call maker Scott Anderson, of Invercargill today (May 3), about opening season this weekend (May 6-7).

Mr Anderson, general manager at Top Gear Audio, said he looked forward to Duck Hunting season each year, and has participated for the past 36 years.

This year he made his own duck-callers from scratch and came up with his own design through “trial and error”.

Scott Anderson made his own duck-callers this year. Photo: Scott Anderson

”They sound really good and I am very happy with them,” he said adding that he thinks his wife [Donna] “can’t wait for the season to be over”.

Having first started hunting with his father, uncles and brother, duck hunting is somewhat of a tradition for the Anderson family, who after many years of setting up camp each season on the family-farm duck pond in Opio, Southland are now on the move to his brother’s farm property in Waipahi, near Clinton.

”My brother’s children [teenagers] will come along this year. There’s a big ritual and a lot of preparation goes into it. We get our camo gear ready, hunting licence, ammo, food – it’s an exciting day, and we also have a barbecue afterwards. A lot goes into it and the dogs love it too,” he said.

Tarn, a 3-year-old chocolate labrador retriever – collecting ducks. Photo: Arnie Palmer

He said usually his group consists of his family and a few good friends, they usually do “pretty well” with their duck numbers, and he was hoping this season would be good too.

“When the weather is lousy – we usually have a good season.”

This mai mai and duck pond is in Balfour, Southland, where Arnie Palmer and friends gather for the season. Photo: Arnie Palmer

 

Check out the special duck shooting message from the Southland Police

For more information on hunting regulations and checklists visit: fishandgame.org.nz

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