You must carry your licence with you when hunting and present it if requested to by a Fish & Game Ranger.

The hunting season start date is always the first weekend of May.


2024 Game Bird Season Dates:
  • 2024 Licences will go sale on 14th March 2024 
  • 7th April 2024 is Mark-up day
  • 4th May 2024 is opening day
  • 13th May 2024, Day licences go on sale
  • Adult Whole Season $113
  • Junior Whole Season $26
  • Child Whole Season $5
  • Adult Day $26 from 13th May 2024
  • Junior Day $10 from 13th May 2024

All licences are inclusive of the $5 Game Bird Habitat stamp.


Checklist for new season

Get your must haves, get permission, sort out the maimai, check your gear.

Latest season and bag limits

You'll find the latest information on season length and game bird bag limits here.

Hunting rules - regions with magazine restrictions

Game bird hunters are restricted to the number of shots they can use in game bird hunting in six out of the twelve Fish & Game regions, as a measure introduced for “sound” conservation and sporting reasons.   

Firearm regulation updates

On 1st February 2022, new firearms regulations came into effect.

Stake your claim to Maimai/stand

Game bird hunters - don't forget to stake your claim on  your favourite maimai or duck shooting stand before the start of the new hunting season starting Saturday, 4 May, 2024.