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New Game Animal Councillors appointed

The Minister of Conservation has appointed five new councillors and a new Chair to the New Zealand Game Animal Council…READ MORE

Valued introduced species included in Biodiversity Strategy

The New Zealand Game Animal Council welcomes the inclusion of valued introduced species into Te Mana o Te Taiao – Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020READ MORE

New firearms laws and what they mean

In June 2020, the Arms Act was significantly amended. Some of the changes to the Arms Act will come into effect immediately. Others will come into force in six months – December 2020, some in 12 months (June 2021), some in two years (June 2022) and the final provisions – the registry – in three years…READ MORE

DOC announces tahr cull at eleventh hour

The Game Animal Council is extremely disappointed at DOC’s failure to carry out meaningful consultation with the hunting sector when it comes to managing tahr…READ MORE

DOC Tahr Plan based on hazy science could cost jobs

DOC’s 2020-2021 Draft Tahr Control Operational Plan as presented to the Tahr Plan Implementation Liaison Group is not founded on adequate science and is a departure from plans previously supported by the hunting sector…READ MORE

Hunters demonised by government ad

The Game Animal Council is concerned that a new government ad campaign aimed to keep children safe online unnecessarily demonises hunting…READ MORE

Arms Bill improved but problems remain

The changes made to the Arms Legislation Bill improve the legislation but do not ultimately solve the compliance burden that will be imposed on law-abiding hunters and shooting ranges…READ MORE

Wild venison and jobs for Kiwis in need

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation, Game Animal Council, and Department of Conservation (DOC) are partnering to provide 18,000kg of free-range wild Fiordland venison to New Zealand foodbanks and families in need…READ MORE

Update on Tahr

An update on our positions in discussions on a 2020-2021 Tahr Control Plan…READ MORE 

The Stalk – Winter 2020

The latest edition of the GAC’s e-newsletter, The Stalk, is out now…READ MORE

Perth Valley tahr trial a success

Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) and the Game Animal Council have released findings from a research programme to assess tahr survivorship through the Perth River predator removal operation…READ MORE

Hunting industry requires domestic support

New Zealand’s guided hunting industry has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and is appealing for support from domestic hunters looking for a unique hunting experience…READ MORE

GAC on The Educated Hunter

The Educated Hunter’s Matt Gibson sat down with Don to learn about how the GAC works, the challenges we face, past challenges, recent wins, and future plans. The podcast is available here.