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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 09:00

July on the West Coast began with fine weather. This settled weather provided further opportunities for riverbed hunting as birds camped up in the sun near areas of open water.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 15:15

Don’t put away the guns just yet; you still have a month to go!

South Island game bird hunters have until the end of July to harvest most Game bird species.

You can shoot until 31 July throughout the island for Grey, Mallard and Shoveller ducks.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 10:00

Conditions and Hunting Activity So Far This Season

The weather has been a mixed bag recently with a fine spell during late May and early June providing frosty mornings which were starting to put ice over some smaller open farm ponds.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 14:15

Over the last few weeks the rain has really arrived on the West Coast, putting rivers up and discolouring the lower reaches of most rivers with an open season.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 14:30

Big turnout in 'perfect' conditions

Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 12:15

Calm fine autumn days have been providing ideal weather for fishing on the West Coast, with the regions lakes and rivers in excellent condition.

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 13:45

Hunters are a perverse lot: we actually get excited about falling autumn temperatures. Yes folks, it’s nearly “that time.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 11:30

Prepare for some fine autumn fishing 

Mainly fine weather has provided ideal early autumn conditions on the West Coast, with just enough rain to replenish streams that were getting too low and warm.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 11:15

The warm fine summer continued for much of February on the West Coast until recent rainfall lifted river levels.

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 09:30

Fish & Game are keen to get West Coast Juniors into game bird hunting and shotgun sports.
The first step towards becoming a game bird hunter is shooting clay targets with a shotgun.