It is not often you get the chance to warm up for the game season on real game birds, but opportunities do exist and what is more, they are legal. There are a number of short special seasons around the country to shoot paradise shelducks if you are prepared to travel a bit and the shooting can be very good indeed.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a shoot in Northland and enjoyed some great dawn shooting over dairy paddocks with three of us each shooting our limit of 20 paradise shelducks. The purpose of these short seasons is to disperse the very large flocks of ducks which form in the late summer to avoid serious damage to paddocks and a loss of grazing at a time when it is usually sorely needed. The bonus to shooters is some great shooting and a supply of game when the freezer is running low.
For those who don’t have access to game shooting guests are welcome at our club day shoots and we still have dates available at Hau Ora Clay Shoot for simulated game or sporting clay shooting. If you want to get some friends together, dust off your guns and have a warm up then call us on 021 680 053 or click here to book