Successful tahr study could provide additional hunting opportunities – 16 November 2020

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 – 12 November 2020

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 – 2 November 2020

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 – 2 November 2020

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

Hunters to choose their champion for Bird of the Year – 27 October 2020

The Game Animal Council (GAC), the NZ Deerstalkers Association (NZDA) and Hunters for Conservation are providing hunters with the opportunity to choose either the kārearea/NZ falcon or the whio as their ‘champion’ bird to back in the upcoming Bird of the Year competition…READ MORE

Changes to tahr control operations positive – 14 September 2020

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 – 1 September 2020

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

Hunters for conservation – 16 August 2020

The Game Animal Council is welcoming Conservation Week and highlighting the great conservation and community-led volunteer work done by hunters…READ MORE

New Game Animal Councillors appointed – 13 August 2020

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 – 11 August 2020

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

DOC announces tahr cull at eleventh hour – 1 July 2020

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 – 29 June 2020

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 – 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