It is important for GAC Councillors and staff to engage with the wider New Zealand hunting community and discuss how we can help advocate for the sector, improve hunting opportunities and contribute to good conservation outcomes. Participating in sector events and communicating with our stakeholders are important ways of doing that.

2022 Hunter Survey

The GAC ran an online survey in November 2022 to gauge the thoughts of hunters on matters relating to what impacts their hunting, game animal management, the condition of the animals and environment where they hunt and what they would like to see from the GAC’s advocacy into the future. The results of this survey are available here.

Sika Show

The Sika Show returned in 2022 after three years and was a fantastic opportunity to talk to hunters about what we do. Our councillors and staff really value the opportunity to discuss the issues important to hunters as those discussions help us to advocate on behalf of the sector. The Show was also a great chance to engage with hunting organisations such as SCI (NZ), the Sika Foundation, NZDA, Fiordland Wapiti Foundation, the NZ Tahr Foundation and DOC, as well as other sector stakeholders.

Information about the 2023 show is available here.


Members of the Game Animal Council regularly attend and participate in the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association’s Annual Conference, which in 2022 was held in Hamilton. General Manager Tim Gale gave a presentation on the GAC’s Hunter Safety and Education Programme development and the Te Ara ki Mua wild animal management strategy, which is available here. Tim and GAC councillors also regularly present to NZDA branches and meet with members.

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