In New Zealand we have introduced large race (non migrator) Canadian
geese, and mallards (no mallard migration). We also have native waterfowl some of which are protected and some not and are hunted (Paradise ducks, grey ducks, native shoveler).
We have a three month duck season runs May thru July. Limits vary from province to province and range from 10-50 ducks per day. I hunt across three provinces with limits of 15, 25 and 50 birds. Baiting is legal, as are mechanical decoys, lead shot can only be used if you are hunting more than 200 metres from water.
This sounds good on paper but the hunting can be tough at times, The mallard (our main gamebird) population can fluctuate significantly from year-to-year and it is estimated (not sure that I believe this) that 40% of the mallard population is shot each year. Hunting is largely focussed on the opening weekend I would guess that most hunters don't hunt more than 1-3 times per season (I try and hunt most weekends and a few week nights after work weather allowing). I am happy if I shoot 10 or more birds if hunting by myself, that said I put A LOT of effort into scouting, talking to landowners etc to maintain good hunting continuity. A licence costs around $US50.
Canadian goose seasons vary in different provinces. Im my province (Otago) we can hunt them 24 hours a day for 11 months (except April, the month before duck season) with no limit as they are regarded as a pest by farmers. Again, despite the restrictions goose hunting can be tough, in some areas the geese get hassled a lot, stalked, sky busted etc and become very leary.
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