Come Saturday morning thousands of keen shooters will be up at the crack of dawn for the biggest day of the duck shooting season. We look at how the season is shaping up and why the season is about more than just shooting ducks for many.

Rain that's soaked the country over recent weeks has primed some regions for the best duck hunting season likely seen in years.

Fish & Game is predicting bumper numbers around New Zealand ahead of this season's opening day on May 4.

In the North Island, Wellington could prove the best region for a fruitful

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Region by region: mallard and grey duck season