Maps from 2021 tahr surveys

DOC are publishing maps showing areas where large groups of tahr have recently been observed during aerial surveys in popular hunting areas.

These observations were recorded over late Summer and Autumn 2021 as part of tahr population surveys in the South Rakaia/Rangitata and Gammack Two Thumb management units, east of the Southern Alps.

The maps are available here.

Tahr sightings and maps for hunters

DOC are also publishing maps to show where tahr have been controlled during the 2022-2022 control operations. The maps also show where mature bull tahr outside the National Parks were sighted and may prove useful to tahr hunters planning their next trip. The maps are available here.

Map of tahr management units

2021-2022 Tahr Control Operational Plan

Details of the 2021-22 Tahr Control Operational Plan, including control hours for each management unit are available on the DOC website here.

Most of the control effort will be west of the divide, where high densities of tahr remain. East of the divide, control work will focus on places which are difficult for ground hunters to access and where there are high numbers of tahr. More easily accessible areas will see little-to-no control work in 2021-22.

2021-22 tahr plan reflects pragmatic management approach

The Game Animal Council (GAC) welcomed the release of the Himalayan Tahr Control Operational Plan 2021-2022 as a pragmatic approach to tahr management but remains committed to developing a long-term management programme for New Zealand’s tahr…READ MORE

GAC’s initial advice in development of the Tahr Control Operational Plan 2021-22

GAC feedback on Draft Tahr Control Operational Plan 2021–22

Previous Tahr Control Operational Plans

Details of the previous two Tahr Control Operational Plans are available here.

Tahr Returns App discontinued

The Tahr Returns App jointly developed by the Game Animal Council and Department of Conservation has been discontinued. Recent developments in tahr management and relatively low uptake of the App have rendered it unsuitable as a tahr management tool. The GAC and DOC continue to work towards greater recreational hunter involvement in the management of tahr, particularly in Management Units 1 and 3.