Both Barrels July 2023 - Northland

  • Northland
  • 17/07/2023

Both Barrels July 2023 - Northland

Forestry permits and upland game

We are very fortunate to have access to many forestry blocks throughout Northland covering thousands of hectares. 

Northland Forest Managers, Rayonier/Matariki Forests and Manulife Investment Management allow access for upland game hunting.

Permits cost $50 which include high-quality access maps and public liability insurance.

Hunting is usually restricted to the weekends and the season finishes on 27 August 2023.

Permits are available from the office at

Important dates for the Northland Region:

The paradise shelduck and swan season closes on 30 July 2023

The pukeko, quail and pheasant season closes on 27 August 2023.   

Paradise shelduck special season runs from 17 – 25 February 2024 

Harvest results and game returns

If you have hunted on any Fish & Game wetland or forestry block please remember to fill out a game bird return and send it to the office.

We will also be conducting one more hunter survey this season.

We collate the results to calculate how many birds were taken over the game season and in conjunction with the trend counts use this to determine bag limits and season lengths for next year.

Duck bands 

If you have shot a bird with a band please fill in the online form found at: Send in your band details

You can also ring the free phone number 0800 BIRD BAND (0800-247322).

Warm Barrels

Graham Gallaghan, Northland Fish & Game Officer.

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