Story: Game birds

Duck-hunting party

Duck-hunting party

Men, women and children pose with guns, ducks, swans and several wallabies near Christchurch, around 1915. In the foreground a small girl holds a duck decoy. The many shotguns visible are double-barrelled. As well as allowing two shots before reloading, double-barrelled guns can have a different choke on each barrel – so a wide spray of pellets can be used on a nearby bird, while a narrower spray pattern will bring down more distant birds.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/1-023909; G
Photograph by Adam Henry Pearson Maclay

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Neil Deans, 'Game birds - Game birds in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16713/duck-hunting-party (accessed 22 June 2021)

Story by Neil Deans, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 29 Apr 2015