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African Swine Fever

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

Hunters needed for conservation boards

DOC is now accepting nominations for conservation board appointments and the Game Animal Council (GAC) is encouraging hunters to get their applications in…READ MORE

The Stalk – Summer 2020

The latest edition of The Stalk is out with news of what the GAC has been up to in recent weeks…READ MORE

Dunstan Downs Tenure Review

Submission on the tenure review process for the Dunstan Downs pastoral lease…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

Give hunting a go during Get Outdoors Week

The Game Animal Council is pleased to be supporting Get Outdoors Week 2020, a national campaign encouraging Kiwis to get out and explore the great outdoors, safely…READ MORE

Game Animal Council welcomes new Minister of Conservation

Game Animal Council Chair Grant Dodson has congratulated Kiri Allan on becoming the new Minister of Conservation…READ MORE

Kārearea has hunters backing for Bird of the Year

New Zealand’s hunters have overwhelmingly decided to back the kārearea/NZ falcon in this year’s Bird of the Year competition following a poll run by the Game Animal Council (GAC), the NZ Deerstalkers Association (NZDA) and Hunters for Conservation…READ MORE

GWRC Draft Toitū Te Whenua Parks Network Plan 2020-30

The Game Animal Council has submitted on Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Parks Network Plan advocating for greater inclusion and provision for hunting…READ MORE

Changes to tahr control operations positive

Discussions between the Game Animal Council and the Department of Conservation have resulted in some positive changes to where the Department will focus tahr control outside Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks…READ MORE

Long-term outcomes should be priority in tahr management

The Game Animal Council welcomes greater involvement in the implementation of the 2020-21 Tahr Control Operational Plan while remaining concerned at the decision to proceed with the full allocation of helicopter control hours in the national parks…READ MORE