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Get outdoors and harvest from nature’s food basket this summer

The Game Animal Council (GAC) is pleased to again be supporting Get Outdoors Week and is encouraging Kiwis to get out, explore and harvest from nature this summer…READ MORE

Hunter Education Programme Lead employment opportunity

We are looking for a Hunter Education Programme Lead to work with us to develop an online hunter safety and education programme. This is an exciting opportunity to help new and inexperienced hunters gain the knowledge and skills to safely and successfully hunt in New Zealand…MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE

Valued introduced species require a modern management approach

Valued introduced game animal species including deer and wild pigs require a consistent and modern management approach that recognises both their environmental impacts and their value to our communities, says the Game Animal Council…READ MORE

Game Animal Council thanks Lou Sanson

The Game Animal Council is extending its thanks to outgoing Director-General of Conservation Lou Sanson for his dedication to conservation and recreation in New Zealand…READ MORE

Tahr Returns App discontinued

The Tahr Returns App jointly developed by the Game Animal Council and Department of Conservation has been discontinued. Recent developments in tahr management and relatively low uptake of the App have rendered it unsuitable as a tahr management tool. The GAC and DOC continue to work towards greater recreational hunter involvement in the management of tahr, particularly in Management Units 1 and 3.

Hunter education boost from Jobs for Nature

The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association (NZDA) and the Game Animal Council (GAC) are welcoming a $700,000 boost for hunter training and education delivered through the Jobs for Nature Community Conservation Fund…READ MORE

Speech to 73rd NZDA Conference

Game Animal Council General Manager Tim Gale addressed the 2021 NZDA Conference. Read his speech HERE.

Proposals for New Regulations Under the Arms Act 1983 (Phase One)

The GAC has submitted advice to Police on proposed regulations intended to give effect to the changes in the Arms Legislation Act 2020 relating to types of dealer activities, conditions on dealers’ licences, security for firearms (including in vehicles), ammunition sales and the secure storage of ammunition and the marking of firearm parts…READ MORE

2021-22 tahr plan reflects pragmatic management approach

The Game Animal Council (GAC) is welcoming the release of the Himalayan Tahr Control Operational Plan 2021-2022 as a pragmatic approach to tahr management but remains committed to developing a long-term management programme for New Zealand’s tahr…READ MORE

Tahr hunters contributing to kea conservation

The NZ Tahr Foundation, Kea Conservation Trust and Game Animal Council have collaborated to develop the Tahr Ballot Kea Sightings Project…READ MORE