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Check when Molesworth hunting blocks are available before making an online booking request.

Alternative access – Awatere Valley Road closure

A hunting permit does not guarantee road access when the Acheron Road is closed. An activity permit for driving access to your hunting block will not be issued when the road is closed due to winter weather and farming operations except in exceptional circumstances. Plan for this in your block choices.

Access to the following hunting blocks are:

  • Boundary: Leatham Molesworth Route
  • Mt Severn: Sedgemere (walk around Dog Stream Block)
  • Travellers/Alma: Sedgemere

Alternatively choose a hunting block which is more accessible.

Check alerts for Awatere Valley Road closure information:

Possum control for Molesworth Recreation Reserve Western hunting area

OSPRI has an aerial 1080 possum control operation planned for Molesworth to control bovine tuberculosis between May and June 2023.

Dates are still to be determined - Information about the Molesworth OSPRI operation will be updated on the DOC website once they are confirmed.

You are welcome to apply or reapply beyond this period. But be aware that there will be a NO TAKING OF MEAT notice for a period of between 4 and 9 months following the operation. This is subject to bait breakdown monitoring.

For further information about the operation contact Vector Free Marlborough Limited on 0508 548 008 or email and see:

Further information about predator control operations: 

Possum control for Molesworth Recreation Reserve

An aerial and ground-based possum control operation using 1080 bait was completed on 24 October 2022. There may be toxic carcasses in the area. Toxic carcasses can take months to break down. There may also be leftover toxic bait in the area – green coloured pellets. 

Molesworth Recreation Reserve is open but do not take and eat animals in this area until the area is safe. This will be shown by removal of the warning signs and this alert.

The area in the pesticide summary map will also show as safe. Pesticide summary map.

1080 is deadly to dogs. How to keep dogs safe around 1080.

This operation is part of DOC's National Predator Control Programme to protect native species.

It was carried out by Vector Free Marlborough Limited, contracted by OSPRI to help control the risk of bovine tuberculosis in domestic stock. About the Molesworth Station tuberculosis response: OSPRI website.

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