This section has some basic information about the different hunting opportunities in the Nelson Lakes region.
You must have a current hunting permit to hunt in these blocks.
Red deer, feral goats and pigs are distributed throughout the area. Chamois numbers are low and generally confined to the Mt Owen Massif area.
Red deer are in medium numbers within this area. Large numbers of feral goats are present right throughout, and pigs are also widespread. Chamois are present in low numbers.
Red deer are present in reasonable numbers throughout this area. Pigs are scattered throughout but tend to be more concentrated on the farm fringes. Goats are present in large numbers.
Moderate red deer numbers exist throughout the Braeburn Range area. Pigs are also present with the occasional chamois and goat.
Low to moderate red deer and pig numbers exist in this area. The occasional goat may be encountered on the fringes where conservation land meets private land.
The Howard area has moderate deer numbers throughout and the odd pig may be encountered now and then. The occasional chamois has also been spotted passing through.
Red deer are in low to moderate numbers. Pigs are distributed throughout, and the occasional feral goat may be encountered.
The Red Hills has low to moderate red deer numbers. Goats can also be encountered throughout the area and the odd pig may show up in the forested area but their numbers are generally low.
Moderate red deer numbers occur throughout the Upper Wairau area. Pig, goats and chamois are present in low numbers.
Red deer are in moderate numbers throughout the Travers area, frequenting the open tops and river flats more in the early morning and late evening. Chamois may also be encountered on the tops.
Red deer are in moderate numbers throughout the Sabine/D'Urville area, frequenting the open tops and river flats. Chamois may also be encountered on the tops.
Red deer can be found throughout the Matakitaki/Glenroy area in good numbers. Chamois and goats are also present. Pigs are few, especially in the upper valleys.
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Hunting in conservation areas brochure
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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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