2016 winners of the Pureora Forest Park hunting competition


Hunt in Pureora Forest Park with a current permit and be in to win. The competition for 2020 has been cancelled.

The 2020 competition has been cancelled because of the situation with Covid-19 virus and New Zealand’s response to it.


  • Contest: 13 March – 19 April 2020
  • Prizegiving: Sunday 19 April 2020

Head measuring and prize-giving will be at the DOC Pureora Workshop, Barryville Road on Sunday 19 April starting at 10:00am.

Any heads entered after 12:00 pm on the day will not be eligible for prizes.

Prize categories

  • Highest Douglas Score
  • Major Mystery Prize
  • Midwest Helicopters Jaw Draw
  • Top Douglas Scores
  • Youth Shot
  • Ugliest Head
  • Most Heads Entered
  • Spot prizes
  • Kids categories: Wildlife/hunting photograph competition, scavenger hunt and roaring competition

All registered heads are automatically entered for the major mystery prize, worth $1,000.

Jaw draw

All deer jaws presented become part of the analysis programme. More jaws the better!

Each jaw is an entry for the jaw draw – the more jaws supplied, the more chances to win. 

Competition rules

  1. The competition is open to all hunters holding a current permit to hunt within Pureora Forest Park between 13 March and 19 April 2020.
  2. All heads must be from wild animals shot within Pureora Forest between 13 March and 19 April 2020.
  3. All heads with scalp and ears must be presented for registration at one of the locations listed below within 72 hours of being taken. The heads will be tagged, permits sighted and relevant details relating to hunter and head recorded.
  4. To compete for prizes, heads must be presented for measurement in a reasonable state before 12:00pm on the day of the prize giving at the DOC Pureora workshop. Judges have the right to refuse to measure any heads that are not in a presentable state. Pre-registered heads may be represented without skin
  5. Measurement based on the Douglas Scoring System will be carried out by approved NZDA measurers on prize giving day. Judges' decision is final.
  6. All registered heads presented on the day will be eligible for the competition subject to rule 7 however only one head per person will be eligible for top 10 consideration.
  7. DOC employees are not eligible to win prizes
  8. The organisers reserve the right to refuse any head, should they doubt its eligibility.

Call (at a reasonable hour) and arrange an appointment to have your head sighted.

Recording point



Department of Conservation

Pureora Forest Park

+64 7 878 1080

Department of Conservation

78 Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti

+64 7 878 1050

Dave Gibson Locksmith & Gunshop

419 Alexandra Street Te Awamutu

During working (9am–5pm) hours only

+64 7 871 5530

Wright Fishing and Outdoors

168 George Street, Te Awamutu

+64 7 871 8205


6 Te Kanawa Street Otorohonga

+64 7 873 7273

Tihoi Trading Post

Western Bays Highway

+64 7 372 8366

Colin Graham

67 Makere St, Taumarunui

+64 7 896 8687

All heads must be presented for registration in a reasonable condition.

Recorders have a right to refuse.


Te Kuiti Office
Phone: +64 7 878 1050
Email: tekuiti@doc.govt.nz

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