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

Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) and the Game Animal Council have released findings from a research programme to assess tahr survivorship through the Perth River predator removal operation…READ MORE

Hunting industry requires domestic support – 20 May 2020

New Zealand’s guided hunting industry has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and is appealing for support from domestic hunters looking for a unique hunting experience…READ MORE

Safety the priority for hunters under level 2 – 13 May 2020

The Game Animal Council, Mountain Safety Council and New Zealand Deerstalkers Association are urging hunters to ‘play it safe’ when hunting resumes on public conservation land under COVID-19 Alert Level 2…READ MORE

Hunters pleased with rules for level 2 – 7 May 2020

The rules around COVID-19 Alert Level 2 will allow hunters to access public conservation land and travel to their favourite hunting spots…READ MORE

Safe domestic travel should be considered at level 2 – 4 May 2020

The New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association and Game Animal Council are joining other tourism and recreation organisations in calling for an easing of domestic travel restrictions at Alert Level 2…READ MORE


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