We are very fortunate in New Zealand to have such a rich hunting environment. We have a diverse variety of game species to hunt including seven species of deer, tahr, pigs and chamois, small game such as possums and rabbits and several game birds species such as duck geese and pheasants.
There are many places to hunt; on private land where permission is required from the land owner and public land managed by the Department of Conservation (DoC) where a hunting permit is required. By permitting hunters, DoC is able to inform hunters of weather conditions, track and hut conditions and of other recreation users in the area. Hunters can make use of huts and tracks to access remote hunting areas.
When hunting ensure you follow ethical hunting practices and responsible hunting behaviour plus minimise your environmental impact e.g. by the correct disposal method of offal and collection of your cartridge cases.
Make sure you use the Outdoor Safety Code and the Firearms Safety Code from the Police Arms Code as a guide for essential preparation and safe hunting practices. Remember to complete your Outdoors Intentions, use the links below and have a great time.
The Outdoor Safety Code in Action.
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