Next Game Animal Council meeting

The next meeting of the Game Animal Council will be held at the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Head Office, 3 Collina Terrace, Thorndon Wellington on Monday 28 September 2020. The public is free to attend.


New firearms laws and what they mean – 7 July 2020

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


Arms Bill improved but problems remain – 17 June 2020

The changes made to the Arms Legislation Bill improve the legislation but do not ultimately solve the compliance burden that will be imposed on law-abiding hunters and shooting ranges…READ MORE


Hunters urged to use Tahr Returns App at Level 2 – 13 May 2020

With the tahr rut upon us and people heading back into the hills following the COVID-19 lockdown the Game Animal Council is encouraging tahr hunters to make use of the new Tahr Returns App…READ MORE


Transition to Alert Level 3 – 25 April 2020

We have been getting plenty of questions from people wanting information on the specific rules for hunting under Level 3. This is what we know…READ MORE


Tiakina Ngā Manu predator control operations paused under alert level 4 – 30 March 2020

DOC is pausing its Tiakina Ngā Manu predator control operations, as non-essential work is halted under COVID-19 alert level 4, and staff and contractors self-isolate at home…READ MORE


NZ hunting businesses: COVID-19 support – 17 March 2020

The Government has announced a $12.1 billion support package to assist New Zealanders and businesses get through…More information on the package and how to access it is available here