Introduction

You can hunt red deer and pigs in the Dean Forest Conservation Area.

Species

  • Deer - Red
  • Pigs

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by an 'open area permit' which can be obtained online or from a DOC office.

Seasonal restrictions

No dogs during Easter, Labour weekend, and between 20 December and 31 January.

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this hunting block

Located in western Southland to the east of Lake Monowai and boarding Fiordland National Park. The vegetation is predominately beech and the terrain rolling. Permits for this area also cover Motu Bush and Lonekers Scenic Reserve. 

Access

Dean Forest is accessed from Clifden along Lillburn Valley Road, Dean Forest Road and Lillburn- Monowai Road. The Tarata gate is locked, no vehicle access.

Landholders

Rayonier - southlandpermits@rayonier.com

Maps

NZTopo50 maps - CE07, CE08, CF07, CF08 

A selection of Topo50 maps which cover the Southland region are available to purchase from the DOC Murihiku Office. 

If you require a map that is not supplied at the Murihiku Office, you can download maps or check out a list of other retailers on the Land Information New Zealand website.  

Animals present

Red deer - moderate numbers
Pigs - moderate numbers

Dogs

  • Dogs must be registered and are not permitted in huts.
  • When crossing private land, dogs are to be on a leash until well into forest and kept under control.
  • DOC must be notified regarding missing or lost dogs on conservation land. 
  • No dogs allowed during Easter, Labour weekend and between, 20 December and 31 January.

Huts

There are no DOC huts available.

Additional information

If possuming, a permit must be obtained by visiting the DOC Murihiku Office in Invercargill. 

Contacts

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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