2016 winners of the Pureora Forest Park hunting competition


Pursue your love of hunting through the roar in Pureora and enter DOC's annual hunting competition 18 March to 28 April 2019.


Contest – 18 March – 28 April 2019
Prizegiving – Sunday 28 April 2019

Head measuring and prize-giving will be at the DOC Pureora Workshop, Barryville Road on Sunday 28 April starting at 10 am. Any heads entered after 12 pm on the day will not be eligible for prizes.

Major sponsors

  • Sika Country Taxidermist (Taupo)
  • Fly and Gun Hunting and Fishing (Taupo)
  • Heli-sika (Taupo)

Prize categories

  • Sika Country Taxidermy and DOC Highest Douglas Score
  • Fly and Gun Hunting and Fishing and DOC Major Mystery Prize
  • Heli-sika Jaw Draw
  • All Sponsors Top Douglas Scores
  • Youth Shot
  • Ugliest Head
  • Spot Prizes
  • Kids Categories: Wildlife/Hunting photograph competition, scavenger hunt and roaring competition.

All registered heads are automatically entered for the major mystery prize, worth $1000.

Jaw draw

All deer jaws presented become part of the analysis programme. More jaws the better!

Each jaw is an entry for the jaw draw – the more jaws supplied, the more chances to win. Kindly sponsored by Heli-sika.

Competition rules

  1. The competition is open to all hunters holding a current permit to hunt within Pureora Forest Park between 18 March and 29 April 2019.
  2. All heads must be from wild animals shot within Pureora Forest Park or within forested areas adjacent to the Park, between 18 March and 28 April 2019.
  3. All heads with scalp and ears must be presented for registration at one of the locations listed below within 72 hours of being taken. The heads will be tagged, permits sighted and relevant details relating to hunter and head recorded.
  4. To compete for prizes, heads must be presented for measurement in a reasonable state before 12 pm on the day of the prize giving at the DOC Pureora workshop. Judges have the right to refuse to measure any heads that are not in a presentable state. Pre-registered heads may be re-presented without skin
  5. Measurement based on the Douglas Scoring System will be carried out by approved N.Z.D.A. measurers on prize giving day. Judges decision is final.
  6. All registered heads presented on the day will be eligible for the competition subject to rule 7 however only one head per person will be eligible for top 10 consideration.
  7. DOC employees are not eligible to win prizes
  8. The organisers reserve the right to refuse any head, should they doubt its eligibility.

Call (at a reasonable hour) and arrange an appointment to have your head sighted.

Recording point



Department of Conservation

Pureora Forest Park

+64 7 878 1080

Department of Conservation

78 Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti

+64 7 878 1050

Dave Gibson Locksmith & Gunshop

419 Alexandra Street Te Awamutu

During working (9am–5pm) hours only

+64 7 871 5530

Wright Fishing and Outdoors

168 George Street, Te Awamutu

+64 7 871 8205


6 Te Kanawa Street Otorohonga

+64 7 873 7273

Tihoi Trading Post

Western Bays Highway

+64 7 372 8366

Colin Graham

67 Makere St, Taumarunui

+64 7 896 8687

All heads must be presented for registration in a reasonable condition.

Recorders have a right to refuse.


Te Kuiti Office
Phone: +64 7 878 1050
Email: tekuiti@doc.govt.nz

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