Duck Shooting

I love ducks too, they’re delicious

Some womble from Waikato University wants to ban duck shooting…because she loves ducks.

Well I love ducks too; that’s why I shoot them. They’re delicious.

I read the recent promotion of duck shooting advertisement in the Herald on Sunday with disquiet. You see, I have always been one to stick up for the underdog (in this case the underduck). The duck certainly needs an ally. It’s not as if they can build trenches in the wetlands and shoot back at the hunters.

I’ll begin with a story. As with all good stories there are two sides. In this case there is the duck and the hunter. I am interested in the duck’s side. Let’s make this more personal and imagine two paradise ducks. They are endemic to New Zealand, but it is legal to shoot them during duck-shooting season, as long as you adhere to bag limits and have a permit.

The female duck is a beautiful chestnut with a pure white head. She partners for life with a male, who is dark grey with a black head. Visualise them, if you will, sleeping contentedly, their heads tucked beneath their wings awaiting the sunrise.

As the sun rises and they take to the air, the glint of the rays sparkling on water droplets clinging to their chestnut and dark grey feathers. And then a crack. Yelps of human joy as a one of the ducks falls wounded back to the water, her neck arching in spasms and her legs peddling awkwardly.

A splash as the hunter’s dog wades in to retrieve the hapless duck in her death throes. She is placed in a bag. The first of many on opening day, May 1, 2016.

I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the duck did not want to die, and will be mourned by her partner for the rest of his life.

But it’s all good fun isn’t it? It’s woven into the very cultural fabric of rural life. Duck hunters have planned for this, lived for it all year.

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Worksafe wombles need to pull their heads in

Worksafe, the organisation that goes around prosecuting farmers for not wearing helmets and other gay stuff like that has issued a press release about Duck shooting, which started at dawn this morning.

This weekend is the beginning of the duck shooting season. It is timely to remind farmers of commercial farms what their obligations are under health and safety legislation. This advice applies to visitors – people who come with your implied or actual consent to your farm for no commercial or business purpose and who have not paid you (directly or indirectly) to undertake an activity.

The first thing to take into account is that this is not a paperwork nightmare. No lengthy form-filling is needed, nor is there any need to sign people on and off the farm. It is really a matter of thinking about where the hunters will go, identifying hazards and risks the hunters wouldn’t reasonably expect in those areas, and warning them about those risks and how to avoid them.

Our recommendation is that you have a conversation with the hunter or hunter in charge of the party to pass on that information. Make a note in your farm diary about what you told them. Most people usually ring up the night (or during the week) before to make sure it’s all ok, so that’s a good time to have the discussion. It doesn’t need to be lengthy.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

PC bullshit or a reporter that sits down when he pees?

NZ Herald

The duck shooting season, which began last Saturday, sees hunters throughout the country take to the wild to try and catch a few wild birds.

Birds are shot. Not caught. You catch things with your bare hands or in a trap or in a net. You do not shoot them.

He said hunting had so far been “a little bit quiet”, although he had caught some birds.

Saying “catch” when talking about duck shooting is a bit like owning a gay ute.

Acceptable words are “snotted”, “nailed”, “ironed out” even “shot” but never catch or caught.

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Dinner at the Duck Pond

Mabo was looking forward to dinner. I shot the rabbit earlier in the day when it jumped out of the thicket chased by Bruce. Mabo and I went off to stalk a creek, but he wanted to take his dinner first. Bruce went for some remedial pheasant training.

Mabo is looking back at Bruce departing in the ute.

 

 

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Duck Night

Tonight is Hamills Manukau Duck Night. Last year I won the Beretta Shotgun.

Give them a call to book, and go along to see Zee and Toni and all the team at Hamills Manukau.

A reader video

A reader of the blog writes:

Hi Cameron,

That great photo of you in your camo inspired this video:

Things I am looking for in 2012

Here is a list of things I am looking for in 2012:

  • A duck pond/swamp/lake/river bend within 2 hours of Auckland for duck shooting season ( I want to build a cool maimai)
  • Some good upland game spots within 2 hours of Auckland
  • Some land that I can build a little cabin or campsite on…the land must have deer wandering through it periodically.
  • Plentiful varmint shooting within 2 hours of Auckland…rabbits, goats, possum, cats
  • Some corn or grain fields with a pigeon problem that needs sorting
I think I will also get:
  • Some new boots…suggestions?
  • A new knife or knives…can’t have too many
  • A new pack…suggestions? (I can and do travel light)
  • A video camera with hat/head mount
  • A video camera with gun mount
  • possibly a .204
  • maybe a new duck gun
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Mallard shooting

A bit of Mallard hunting in Alberta, Canada. Might be a successful hunt in Bucklands Beach, Auckland this afternoon.

Mallard hunting

I said I was going hunting this weekend for Mallards and I have delivered. The Beretta AL391 Urika Classic from Hamills Manukau has been booming all weekend.

I have also come up with a new series of blog posts, because H. and J. and K. reckon that there isn’t a problem facing New Zealand that can’t be sorted in maimai while you wait for ducks to drop into the kill zone.

Whaleoil hunting Mallards

Whaleoil with dead Mallards

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