Recreational hunting is an excellent way to get into the outdoors and to reduce the number of pigs, deer, feral cattle and goats on public conservation land. Hunters are reminded before they head out they can apply for a permit online.
Hunter crossing Makupapa Stream (Waingakia River) in Raukumara Forest Park
The application process was simplified a few years ago to enable hunters to access a permit and all relevant information online says Department of Conservation Services Manager, John Lucas.
“The hunter can go online, at any time, from their computer to apply for a hunting permit on public conservation land. If taking dogs they need to call into our office for a separate dog permit.”
“It is also timely to remind hunters about the requirements when they head out into the bush,” says Mr Lucas.
“To hunt on public conservation land a separate hunting permit is necessary for each member of the hunting party.”
“Hunters that are taking dogs on conservation land (with or without a firearm) require a dog permit issued from the DOC office. Dogs must be kept under control when crossing private property and not used for hunting until well within the hunting area.”
John Lucas says poorly trained dogs can kill native bird species and dogs are required to undergo avian aversion training. Avian aversion training is arranged through DOC, and if regularly reinforced, is an effective method to ensure dogs avoid kiwi and other native species.
Hunters should also remember it is their responsibility to gain permission from the landowner first if they intend crossing private land.
To apply for a permit visit www.doc.govt.nz/hunting. All information including rules and regulations are on the website. For further information contact the local DOC Office.
All permits are valid for four months. Spotlighting on public conservation land is not allowed and a current firearms licence is required to validate the hunting permit.