New hunting competition targeting feral goats (cancelled due to lockdown)

Feral goats across a swathe of the central North Island are the target of a new hunting competition being run by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and New Zealand Deerstalkers Association (NZDA)…READ MORE

Impending commencement of Molesworth possum control operation

Vector Free Marlborough Limited (VFML) has provided notification of an upcoming aerial possum control operation in the Molesworth (Bush Gully & Tarndale) project area scheduled to start on 15 May 2021…READ MORE

Consultation on new firearms regulations

Recently legislated changes to the Arms Act come into force on 24 June 2021 and require a number of regulatory changes to determine how they work in practice. This is your chance to have your say on them…READ MORE

Proposal for a Sika Research and Adaptive Management Model Kaimanawa & Kaweka Forest Parks

This proposal is to develop a collaborative, science-based research and adaptive management model for Kaimanawa and Kaweka Forest Parks that will address some of the unwanted sika impacts and provide for a higher-quality, lower-density hunting resource…READ MORE

Tahr monitoring alert – MU’s 1 and 3

From now until early May, DOC is using helicopters to gather data on tahr populations on public conservation land within the South Rakaia-Rangitata and Gammack-Two Thumb Management Units…READ MORE

New firearms laws and what they mean

In June 2020, the Arms Act was significantly amended. Some of the changes to the Arms Act will come into effect immediately. Others will come into force in six months – December 2020, some in 12 months (June 2021), some in two years (June 2022) and the final provisions – the registry – in three years…READ MORE