Introduction

Check when Molesworth hunting blocks are available during January – June 2023 before making an online booking request. Permits take at least 15 working days to process.

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 communications@vectorfree.co.nz and see:

Further information about predator control operations: 

Updated: 23 January 2023 

This information is an indication of availability only. Bookings are only confirmed once all details have been received.

Key
B Booked
GH Goose hunt
CH Chukar hunt
R Roar block
S Short week - block opens start of month or closes end of month, includes Acheron Road closure
N/A Block closed or not applicable for booking
N/A* Block closed - 1080 operation
* Non-exclusive block

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January 2023

Bookings accepted from 1 July 2022.

  • Week 1: 4 – 10 January 2023
  • Week 2: 11 – 17 January 2023
  • Week 3: 18 – 24 January 2023
  • Week 4: 25 – 31 January 2023
Availability for January 2023
Open period Block Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
All year Clarence Faces *        
Dog Stream B     B
Lizard *       B
Long Gully B B   B
Makuratawhai   B B  
Tweed *        
1 January – road closure Bottom Acheron B B   B
Chimney B B B B
Five Mile B B B B
McGuires     B B
Pig Trough     B  
Sawnee B B   B
Upper Acheron B B B B
Yarra B B B B
1 October – 28 February Blinkers       B
1 October – 15 April Bullen *        
Bullock Gully   B B B
Dillon B B   B
Half Moon   B B B
1 November – 15 April Elliot *       B
Lake McRae       B

February 2023

Bookings accepted from 1 August 2022.

  • Week 1: 1 – 7 February 2023
  • Week 2: 8 – 14 February 2023
  • Week 3: 15 – 21 February 2023
  • Week 4: 22 – 28 February 2023
Availability for February 2023
Open period Block Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
All year Clarence Faces *        
Dog Stream B B B B
Lizard *        
Long Gully B B B  
Makuratawhai B B B B
Tweed *        
1 January – road closure Bottom Acheron B B B B
Chimney B B B B
Five Mile B B B B
McGuires   B B B
Pig Trough B B B B
Sawnee B B B  
Upper Acheron B B B B
Yarra B B B B
1 October – 28 February Blinkers   B   B
1 October – 15 April Bullen *     B  
Bullock Gully B B B B
Dillon B   B B
Half Moon B B B B
1 November – 15 April Elliot *     B B
Lake McRae   B B B

March 2023

Roar applications will open in October 2022 and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Week 1: 1 – 7 March 2023
  • Week 2: 8 – 14 March 2023 – roar period 1
  • Week 3: 15 – 21 March 2023 – roar period 2
  • Week 4: 22 – 28 March 2023 – roar period 3
  • Week 5: 29 March – 4 April 2023 – roar period 4
Availability for March 2023
Open period Block Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
All year Clarence Faces * GH R R R R
Dog Stream GH R R R R
Lizard * GH R R R R
Long Gully GH R R R R
Makuratawhai GH R R R R
Tweed * GH R R R R
1 January – road closure Bottom Acheron GH R R R R
Chimney GH R R R R
Five Mile GH R R R R
McGuires GH R R R R
Pig Trough GH R R R R
Sawnee GH R R R R
Upper Acheron GH R R R R
Yarra GH R R R R
1 October – 15 April Bullen * GH R R R R
Bullock Gully GH R R R R
Dillon GH R R R R
Half Moon GH R R R R
1 November – 15 April Elliot * GH R R R R
Lake McRae GH R R R R

April 2023

Bookings accepted from 1 October 2022.

  • Week 1: 5 – 10 April 2023 (7 pm) – roar period 5
  • Week 2: 12 – 18 April 2023
  • Week 3: 19 – 25 April 2023
  • Week 4: 26 April – 2 May 2023
Availability for April 2023
Open period Block Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
All year Clarence Faces * R      
Dog Stream R B B B
Lizard * R      
Long Gully R B B  
Makuratawhai R B B  
Tweed * R      
1 January – road closure Bottom Acheron R N/A N/A N/A
Chimney R N/A N/A N/A
Five Mile R N/A N/A N/A
McGuires R N/A N/A N/A
Pig Trough R N/A N/A N/A
Sawnee R N/A N/A N/A
Upper Acheron R N/A N/A N/A
Yarra R N/A N/A N/A
1 October – 15 April Bullen * R N/A N/A N/A
Bullock Gully R N/A N/A N/A
Dillon R N/A N/A N/A
Half Moon R N/A N/A N/A
1 November – 15 April Elliot * R N/A N/A N/A
Lake McRae R N/A N/A N/A

May 2023

Bookings accepted from 1 November 2022.

  • Week 1: 3 – 9 May 2023
  • Week 2: 10 – 16 May 2023
  • Week 3: 17 – 23 May 2023
  • Week 4: 24 – 30 May 2023
Availability for May 2023
Open period Block Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
All year Clarence Faces *        
Dog Stream B B    
Lizard *        
Long Gully B   B  
Makuratawhai   B B B
Tweed *        
1 May – 31 August Beggs B B B B
Big Bush B B B B
Super Shed B B    
Timms B B B B
Turks B B B  
Upper Wairau B B B B

June 2023

All June 2023 blocks unavailable at present 

Do not apply for June 2023 hunting blocks from 1 December 2022 onwards. There are currently none available. This is due to the proposed 1080 operation by OSPRI from late May to July 2023.

Blocks may become available if it is confirmed they will not be affected by the 1080 operation. If this occurs, the N/A* will be removed from the hunting block and dates below.

Bookings accepted from 1 December 2022.

  • Week 1: 31 May – 6 June 2023
  • Week 2: 7 – 13 June 2023
  • Week 3: 14 – 20 June 2023
  • Week 4: 21 – 27 June 2023
Availability for June 2023
Open period Block Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
All year Clarence Faces * N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Dog Stream N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Lizard * N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Long Gully N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Makuratawhai N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Tweed * N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
1 May – 31 August Beggs N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Big Bush N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Super Shed N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Timms N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Turks N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Upper Wairau N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
1 June – 31 August Bunkers N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
1 June – 1 January Boundary N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Mt Severn N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Upper Saxton N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
Upper Severn N/A* N/A* N/A* N/A*
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