Duck shooting season began with a less of a bang than normal over the weekend.
Hawke's Bay Fish & Game regional manager Jesse Friedlander said the clear, calm and dry conditions made hunting challenging, but some hunters still managed to bag a few birds.
People had to "be a bit more innovative" with those who usually hunt at dams turning to rivers as they had dried up.
Fish & Game alongside police were out and about, and Friedlander said the majority of people were doing the right thing.
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He encouraged hunters to stick to the rules and get in touch with the Hawke's Bay Fish & Game office if they need any information about the hunting rules.