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The Molesworth Goose Hunts are an institution amongst not only Nelson/Marlborough hunters, but many from outside of the area as well.
The Molesworth Station is the largest working station in the country and is part of the DOC estate.
The hunts are run over three, four day ‘weekends’ throughout the year - Thursday to Sunday.
Intended dates are the first week of March, the last week of June & mid October.
These may change to suit farming operations.
The dates differ slightly from previous years but they are aimed to avoid the long weekends where other activities within Molesworth would make safe & effective hunting of the geese more challenging.
This huge area with its often harsh weather and rugged terrain is home and breeding grounds to the Canada Goose. 4WD vehicles are essential. Also essential is the good gear to keep you warm and dry in country that experiences the extremes. (The writer has seen minus 8 degrees C on one hunt and 42 degrees C on another). It has been known to blow on occasion, too.
Many years of liaison and negotiation with landowners for access to this country has taken place to enable recreational hunters to enjoy the challenges of goose hunting and to enable effective control of goose populations.
Today these hunts are a significant part of this regions game bird hunter’s season.
THERE ARE 3 GOOSE HUNTS PER YEAR.
The next hunt dates are - June 25th - 28th inclusive.
All commence on a Thursday morning until Sunday afternoon.
1. March: Usually first weekend in March.
2. June: The last weekend.
3. October: Week before Labour Weekend