A permit is required by anyone using a rifle, bow or dog to hunt on land managed by the Department of Conservation.

You need to take a valid hunting permit with you at all times to legally hunt on land managed by DOC.

All blocks in the Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA) are restricted permit blocks issued by way of two ballot draws, one for April/May each year (the roar) and one for June to September. Ballot applications are accepted in November and February for the respective ballot periods.

A restricted permit means:

  • The permit is issued for a specific hunting block only
  • You need to request the permit from your local DOC office

Restricted permits are also issued for gamebird, rabbit, hare and possum hunting with rimfire rifles, shotguns and .22s, and for animal fur trapping.

Update on the 2017 and 2018 ballots

The June to September 2017 ballot has been drawn and all applicants have been notified of their success or failure in the ballot draw. While there are limited blocks and dates still available there is a long waiting list for these. For enquiries contact the Queenstown Office.

Applications for the April/May 2018 ballot will be accepted online from 1 November to 1 December 2017. Information about the application form and process will be made available closer to the time.

Your responsibilities

It is your responsibility to:

  • Find out about pesticide use in the area you are hunting in before your trip
  • Comply in full with the conditions under which the hunting permit is issued
  • Comply with each area’s special conditions for hunting and the use of dogs
  • Get permission from any private land owners before you cross their land
  • Ensure you do not hunt on restricted hunting areas unless you have received separate consent from the relevant DOC issuing office
  • Carry a hunting permit with you whenever you go hunting on land managed by DOC

View the permit conditions

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