Red deer and fallow deer are present.
Hunting is confined to the Pomahaka Conservation Area and is not permitted in the River Reserve sections. In this area summers tend to be mild and winters are cold with frequent frosts.
Moderate rainfall throughout the year is mostly from the southwest and fog is common at any time of year. The higher country is subject to snow during the winter months and some sections may be subjected to avalanche danger.
Rivers in this region can rise rapidly, take care when crossing these. Be prepared.
In response to issues encountered in 2021, with too many hunters trying to use the Pomahaka Conservation Area over the same period, DOC has moved to a ballot system over the roar period (four weeks from 21 March) for this block.
The system is very similar to that used at nearby Leithen Bush and Waikaia Bush. It is administered by the DOC Invercargill Office. We anticipate this year will be a trial run and we will review arrangements ahead of next year, including aligning the timing of the ballot with the other Southland hunting areas.
Access for block one is the regular public access up the hill from the Gem Lake cattleyards – use of this access requires the normal courtesy of notifying the Gem Lake manager.
Access for block two is less straightforward and requires following the marginal strip downstream from Junction Hut or following a track through Glenary Station from the Waikaia Bush Road.
Hunters need to know where private land and block boundaries are. They need to respect these boundaries – failure to do so jeopardises future hunting for everyone. Hunting is expressly forbidden on Gem Lake Station, Whitecoomb, Whitecomb and Glenary pastoral leases.
To apply for the ballot, you will need to complete an application form and either post, email or drop it off to the Invercargill office.
If you post your application, you will need to include credit card or debit card details for payment. If you would like to email your application you will need to phone the Invercargill Office to pay, we can not accept credit card or debit card details via email. Alternatively, you can pop into the Invercargill Office and pay by credit card, debit card, EFTPOS, or cash over the counter.
There are various entry points on gravel road from SH8 to the Pomahaka Conservation Area. From Ettrick the most direct is following Moa Flat road (opposite Turners and Growers warehouses) right onto MacKay Road and finally right onto Aitchenson Runs Road.
The Pomahaka bridge marks the start of the 4.7km 4WD road access to the carpark at the Cattle Yards. The road from the bridge to the carpark with road slumps and two fords is more suited for 4WD vehicles. This road passes through a working farm.
Those using the road need to be mindful of farming operations, and it is recommended people avoid using the road over the lambing/calving period. This lasts from 20 October to 20 November.
Walking and mountain biking access is available from the carpark, follow the marked route up the hill for approximately 2.5 km to the hunting block. This route crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property:
Livestock can be unpredictable – keep your distance at all times/go around if necessary. The route is steep, rutted and very slippery in wet conditions.
NZTopo50 series: CD13 Roxburgh, CD12 Piano Flat
Hunting dogs are permitted in the main conservation area but need permission from Gem Lake Station.
Contact the manager Sean O’Boyle +64 276 323 855 to enter via the easement track. Dogs must be dosed against sheep measles and a certificate must be supplied.
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