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Dead ducks

It was a big weekend: the opening of duck season. There were days of preparation: oiling and polishing guns, stocking ammo, building mai-mais, exhuming camo suits, and applying swear words.

Check out this TVNZ’s Close Up segment to learn more about what The Men got up to over the weekend, although without the extreme bonding, arse footage, loaded coolboxes, pin-up girls, 4WD waterskiing, and nakedness in jacuzzis (The Outlaws do not have a jacuzzi).

Although Husband denies attempting to surf across the creek on a blow-up doll, I noticed some jittery eye-contact between him and Brother-In-Law upon their return.

Thankfully, the males of the family do not subscribe to the theory that alcohol and loaded shotguns are a top idea. At least, they may have a nip before going out, but in fairness whisky is about the only way to kick-start the system at 05:30hrs.


After the main event followed by an artery-nuking barbeque, we brought the puppies Jed and Lottie down to the creek. They are too small to retrieve ducks, but we wanted to accustom them to the sound of gunfire.

At the first volley of shots, Jed and Lottie flattened their ears and charged back to the truck, occasionally stumbling over their tails tucked between their legs.


Brother- Stepfather- and Mother-In-Law stalk their prey. I was reminded of Mother-In-Law’s terrible ability to snuff out a life in an instant.


Husband faces setting sun.


L-R: Jed, duck carcass, my arm


No shotgun required: Ajay scares the ducks to death . . .


. . . as demonstrated.




Jed digests a feather

Comments on: "Dead ducks" (6)

  1. Beautifully captured, and some belly laughs too for this reader.

  2. I checked out the Close Up thingy but I’m not sure the internationals are ready for that kind of stuff, eh wot.

  3. deadlyjelly said:

    Do you think? There seems to be a fair contingent in Kiwiland who aren’t taken with the whole ‘living off the land huntin shootin fishin’ style of life either – as evidenced by the Close Up presenter’s comment about duck shooting being a sport if the ducks were armed too. To be quite honest, I am still adjusting to ‘that kind of stuff’ 😀


  4. I was driving from Dunedin to Invercargill really early one autumn morning and was surprised to suddenly pass by more than a few cars abandoned by the side of the road. It was a misty mysterious kind of morning and I was thinking there had been some kind of X Files event when I suddenly recalled duck shooting. The only time in my life that I’ve been relieved to realise it was duck shooting season.

    Good luck with it all.

  5. deadlyjelly said:

    Just returned home, so duck shooting distant memory/nightmare. Nice to be back in our home: me, the mutt, and Jed (don’t think Husband likes that joke much) 😀


  6. […] by deadlyjelly Husband left for Oamaru this day last week to catch the last weekend of duck shooting and partake in some serious alcohol abuse with the […]

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