Introduction

Read the criteria for hunting with bows and crossbows on public conservation lands.

Hunting with bows and crossbows is allowed on public conservation land as long as a hunting permit is obtained and your weapon meets some minimum specifications.

Bow fishing on public conservation land also requires a hunting permit.

Bow hunting minimum criteria

  • Minimum drawing weight factor 15 kg (35 lb).
  • Minimum diameter of two opposing blades is 22 mm (7/8 in).
  • Only non-barbed hunting arrows are permissible.
  • Arrows with any poison, explosive or other chemical substance on or in the head or shaft are not permitted.

Crossbow minimum criteria

  • Minimum drawing weight factor 68 kg ( 150 lb).
  • Minimum diameter of multi-bladed head is 22 mm (7/8 in).
  • Minimum length of complete arrow is 400 mm (16 in).
  • Only non-barbed hunting arrows are permissible.
  • Hunting arrows must not be placed into a loaded crossbow under any circumstances unless target is located. Crossbow must have a positive mechanical safety device in working order.
  • Arrows with any poison, explosive or other chemical substance on or in the head or shaft are not permitted.

Related link

New Zealand Bowhunters Society

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