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My name is Danielle and I attend Berkley Normal Middle School as a year eight. This blog is all about my learning in school and out of school. There are six people in my family my Mum, Dad, Myself, Amy, Hannah and Patrick. My family lives on a dairy farm where my Mum and Dad work. My hobbies are Irish dancing and swimming. My favourite is Irish dancing so I get to do competitions in Auckland and this year I'm aiming to go to the nationals. My favourite subject at school would be maths because there is always are right or a wrong answer; unlike english when you have to keep improving and keep improving . My favourite tech art is food because I really enjoy cooking and I would love to be on junior master chef. Every year my family go camping with about six other families. We take tents and our boats and go ski biscuiting and fishing and one time we went to Cape Reinga. My favourite year camping was when we visited and snorkeled at the Poor nights New Zealands' best snorkeling attraction. My family love fishing and we belong to a fishing club so we do competitions sometimes. We have been to Fiji and England and they are both great places to visit we went tobogganing and built snowmen in England and we went snorkeling and swam with Manta rays in Fiji. I hope you like my blog and please comment on some of my posts.

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Defenseless Ducks SBC - Week 9

It's duck shooting season in New Zealand at the moment, and in class we are having a bit of a debate about whether ducks are defenceless or not. There are two sides to the story. One thinks that they aren't they think that the ducks can fly away and they choose to come in range of the gun. The other side thinks that they are hopelessly defenceless.

I think they are tricked into flying into the range of the gun. When the hunter, duck calls the duck is tricked into coming into the  sound of the call becoming in range of the gun.

Some facts about Duck shooting.

  •  Maori Hunted ducks for their meat and feathers; mainly in the late summer when the birds were fat.

  • European settlers introduced more than 20 species of game birds to NZ; not all survived though. Mallard ducks and Canada geese established and laws were passed to set a season for duck shooting.

  • Lots of wetlands ( The ducks main habitat ) were drained so that the land could be used for farming. Luckily the two species mallards and paradise shelducks did well on open farmland and today some organisations are working to restore wetlands.

  • Ducks and geese have good eyesight so hunters will hide in a maimai sometimes and will also wear camouflage clothing. They use decoy ducks which are fake birds made from wood cork or plastic. They also blow on instruments to mimic the birds call to make them think it's safe to land. These things are all done to attract and trick the birds.

  • On the opening day of each season ( the first Saturday in May ) Most hunters take part so tis is when most of the birds are shot. Hunters head out to their own shooting spots in the dark and then at dawn the shooting begins.

  • After a day's hunting the hunter will oil his gun put away gear and pluck and dress the birds. Ducks are often roasted and eaten with gravy.

Info from :  http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/duck-shooting

 Taken by Dr. F Eugene Hester. Picture supplied by Fish and Wildlife Service Website. http://www.fws.gov/hunting/ The gun fired by the man standing is a Browning Auto-5 or possibly a model based off of it.

So are Ducks Defenceless?



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