Collaborative deer management project for Fiordland – January 2022

A deer management project jointly developed by the Department of Conservation, Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF) and the Game Animal Council is about to get underway in Fiordland National Park…READ MORE

Get outdoors and harvest from nature’s food basket this summer – November 2021

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

Valued introduced species require a modern management approach – October 2021

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 – September 2021

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

Hunter education boost from Jobs for Nature – July 2021

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 – June 2021

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

2021-22 tahr plan reflects pragmatic management approach – May 2021

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 – April 2021

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

Looking after our game animals and their habitat – March 2021

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? – March 2021

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 – March 2021

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

Game Animal Council welcomes extra effort to process firearms licenses – 18 February 2021
Game Animal Council working to improve new rules for firearms users – 20 January 2021
Successful tahr study could provide additional hunting opportunities – 16 November 2020
Give hunting a go during Get Outdoors Week – 12 November 2020
Game Animal Council welcomes new Minister of Conservation – 2 November 2020
Kārearea has hunters backing for Bird of the Year – 2 November 2020
Hunters to choose their champion for Bird of the Year – 27 October 2020
Changes to tahr control operations positive – 14 September 2020
Long-term outcomes should be priority in tahr management – 1 September 2020
Hunters for conservation – 16 August 2020
New Game Animal Councillors appointed – 13 August 2020
Valued introduced species included in Biodiversity Strategy – 11 August 2020
DOC announces tahr cull at eleventh hour – 1 July 2020
DOC Tahr Plan based on hazy science could cost jobs – 29 June 2020
Hunters demonised by government ad – 21 June 2020
Wild venison and jobs for Kiwis in need – 15 June 2020
Perth Valley tahr trial a success – 21 May 2020
Hunting industry requires domestic support – 20 May 2020
Safety the priority for hunters under level 2 – 13 May 2020
Hunters pleased with rules for level 2 – 7 May 2020
Safe domestic travel should be considered at level 2 – 4 May 2020
Some hunting allowed under level 3 – 23 April 2020
Hunting is a safe activity – 18 April 2020
Hunting should be reconsidered under Level 3 – 17 April 2020
Hunting banned under new Government Order – 4 April 2020
Hunters need to do the right thing, stay at home – 24 March 2020
Hunters have role in managing deer herds and supporting industry – 19 March 2020
New GM for NZ Game Animal Council – 28 November 2019
App launched to record Himalayan tahr returns – 26 November 2019
Hunters backing the kārearea for bird of the year – 30 October 2019
Arms Legislation Bill requires significant improvement – 23 October 2019
Firearms legislation must be fair to hunters – 14 September 2019
Game Animal Council supports new tahr plan – 10 September 2019
New Game Animal Councillors – 13 August 2019
Hunters concerned with second round of firearms reforms – 23 July 2019
Better understanding the key to recreational access – 11 June 2019
Perceived conflicts should not undermine Predator Free NZ – 21 May 2019
Arms Amdt Bill will not significantly impact recreational hunting – 2 April 2019
MSSA’s unnecessary for recreational hunting – 20 March 2019
Responsible tahr management can benefit everyone – 5 March 2019
Predator control funding welcomed – 19 February 2019
Responsible tahr management can benefit everyone – 5 March 2019
New Tactical Plan for Tahr Management Agreed – 2 October 2018