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The Conference of Acclimatisation Societies was opened at Christchurch on Saturday, when fifteen societies were represented. It was decided that it is desirable to appoint a fixed day for opening the season for native and imported game, the day to be the same throughout the colony and unalterable except by Act of Parliament; and that the season for both native and imported game should extend from April 1 to Jane 30. It was decided to recommend that dealers should keep a record of the native game and pheasants sold; that any person selling or bartering native game should pay a license fee of L 3, but that the present license fee for selling imported game should cover native game; that shooting on Sundays should be prohibited; that shooting licenses should be obtainable at least a fortnight before the season opens; that a penalty should be provided for killing hen pheasants; that the use of punt guns or swivel guns should be prohibited; that bitterns and kiwis should be included in the list of absolutely protected birds; that a council of delegates from each acclimatisation society in the South should be appointed to watch over acclimatisation interests and to frame fishing regulations for the South Island. The motion to impose a 10s gun tax was withdrawn.

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