Waterfowl, including paradise shelduck, mallard, grey and shoveler duck and black swan can be hunted in DOC managed areas.
Upland game such as pheasant and quail can also be hunted.
Licence and permit
To hunt game birds you'll need both:
- A licence from Fish & Game NZ.
- A DOC game bird hunting permit. These permits are for specific areas and periods and are issued through the DOC office closest to the hunting area.
- For game bird hunting in the Waikato and Hauraki regions, you can collect your permit directly at certain outlets when you purchase your Fish & Game licence.
A small game hunting permit is required from DOC to hunt Canada goose or feral goose.
Most game bird seasons start in May, although season dates vary depending on the species of bird, and the Fish & Game region you are hunting in.
Fish & Game’s Game Bird Hunting Guide is provided free with every game bird hunting licence.
The Fish & Game website has detailed information about game bird hunting in New Zealand.