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Hunters may instead want to try their hand at Quail hunting on the braided riverbeds. Best of luck, Emily Moore Fish Game OfficerYou are hereHome » AucklandWaikato AucklandWaikato Hunting News June 11 From our phone surveys and also our rangerhunter contacts, not to mention our own staff being "out there, doing it", it's clear that for much of the lower lying part of our region it's been a slow grind in the latter part of the mallard season.
As usual, those that persist have usually reaped the rewards of their efforts. But many people have found numbers well down in the Waikato especially after last year's flooding of many low lying areas seriously affected duckling production. Flooding in the gamebird season itself has also made hunting more problematic, when water levels have gone up and down like a yoyo.
Those hunting along the willow margins of larger rivers have reported some good bags, in part due to less competition in the latter season. A number of hunters have this year been very surprised to see ducklings which are undoubtedly caused by the record warm temperatures and also frequent rain that's causing some fruit trees to blossom and spring bulbs to appear in many places.
Normally such things are controlled primarily by daylength, with the shortest day being June 22nd. The mallard radiotelemetry study has had some preliminary success with one backpack transmitter being located initially from an aircraft and then, the next day, by Fish Game field officer's who were able to locate it's exact position in a drain, completely hidden by murky water.