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Consultation on new firearms regulations

Recently legislated changes to the Arms Act come into force on 24 June 2021 and require a number of regulatory changes to determine how they work in practice. This is your chance to have your say on them…READ MORE

Looking after our game animals and their habitat

The Game Animal Council has launched an online resource to help hunters implement good game animal management practices and achieve beneficial hunting and conservation outcomes…READ MORE

Are you roar ready?

The Game Animal Council is reminding hunters to be well prepared ahead of their autumn hunting trips by making sure they are ‘roar ready’…READ MORE

Sika deer project to benefit hunting and conservation

The hunting sector is developing a proposal for a science-based management programme for sika deer in the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Forest Parks that will benefit both hunting and conservation…READ MORE

Tahr monitoring alert – MU’s 1 and 3

From now until early May, DOC is using helicopters to gather data on tahr populations on public conservation land within the South Rakaia-Rangitata and Gammack-Two Thumb Management Units…READ MORE

Kawarau-Remarkables Conservation Areas reclassification

The GAC considers reclassification of the Kawarau/Remarkables stewardship lands would be best served by the creation of a new Conservation Park…READ MORE

African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever is spreading around the world and presents a threat to pig hunting in NZ…READ MORE

Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill

The GAC’s submission on this important piece of legislation and the importance of public access to the conservation estate…READ MORE

Game Animal Council welcomes extra effort to process firearms licenses

The Game Animal Council (GAC) has welcomed a commitment from the NZ Police to put more resources towards processing outstanding firearms licenses…READ MORE

Game Animal Council working to improve new rules for firearms users

The Game Animal Council (GAC) is applying its expertise in the use of firearms for hunting to work alongside Police, other agencies and stakeholder groups to improve the compliance provisions for hunters and other firearms users…READ MORE

2019-2020 Game Animal Council Annual Report

The Game Animal Council’s Annual Report for the year to 30 June 2020 has been tabled in Parliament and is now publicly available…READ MORE

Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Conservation

The Game Animal Council’s Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Conservation is now publicly available…READ MORE

Successful tahr study could provide additional hunting opportunities

A Game Animal Council funded study has established it is possible to contain male tahr on private land providing additional hunting opportunities and potentially reducing conflict between guided and recreational tahr hunters…READ MORE