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The Nelson Photo News



New Game for the Shooter - but not yet

Within a few years, Nelson sportsmen will have a new game bird to shoot. The Nelson Acclimatisation Society is breeding partridges in the Nelson district for liberation in the province. The birds were introduced to New Zealand about'10 years ago and breeding of them for sporting purposes has been going on since then. Thousands of birds have already been liberated throughout New Zealand and in Nelson about 300 to 400 have already been liberated. However, they are still protected and cannot be shot. At the home of Mr Arch Nicholls, a committee member of the association, six pairs of birds are being held for breeding. We called in to see him recently and got these pix.


Mr Nicholls looks after his charges


A pair of partridges


The birds are housed in separate pens in a small area