The warm weather scheduled for the start of the duck-shooting season this weekend could leave shooters high and dry.
The cold snap that struck North Otago in the last week was forecast to clear today and to be replaced by warmer weather – which could mean fewer ducks on ponds.
Nonetheless, North Otago Hunting and Fishing owner David Quinn said he’s expecting a good season.
“There’s certainly plenty of ducks. It’s just a case of if they land on the ponds or not and how rough the seas are.”
“Overall I think it’ll be a good season. Duck-wise the numbers are there, particularly in North Otago and Southland but the warm weather this weekend won’t help.”
He said duck-shooting required colder weather.
“We need winds and rain and even mist because it means the ducks fly lower and are more likely to land on the ponds instead of just flying over the top.”
The warmer weather has meant duck-shooting hasn’t seemed a strong as last year.
“It hasn’t seemed as popular, but that’s due to the warmer weather we’ve had.”
Some ponds around the district have been hit hard by the drought.
Herbert duck-shooter Ernie Wilson said he was looking forward to getting out on the pond.
“It should be a load of fun and hopefully I can shoot a few ducks.”
His love of duck shooting started at a young age.
He’s hunted by several ponds in the Waianakarua Maheno area but said some of them were about half full compared to last year.
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By Brayden Lindsay