Hunting & Fishing has a good reason to go shooting Pukekos.
With pukeko being on the game bird hunting schedule, now that ducks have become more wary and harder to locate, Queens Birthday Weekend is an ideal time to organise a puke hunt (check with your local Fish and Game for hunting regulations – zero bag limit in Otago and Southland). Breasted and casseroled, you will be very pleasantly surprised at the eating quality of these birds, but after all, they are selective clean feeders. (Avoid the legs though as they are full of sinues.)
Why target a bird that may appear to be more comical than challenging, and harmless enough in its own environment? The answer is that pukekos are in fact an intelligent bird that very quickly wises up to the ways of a hunter. The most effective method of hunting them is with a group that can ‘drive’ the swampy or rough cover they inhabit, placing ‘guns’ at the end of the drive to cut off the likely escape routes. Read more »