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

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

Wild venison and jobs for Kiwis in need – 15 June 2020

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

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