Introduction

DOC has mapped the locations of thousands of tahr observed on public conservation land between July and November. Use these maps to help with planning your next hunt.

Highlights

Verify your hunt with the Tahr Returns App

The Game Animal Council and DOC have developed a tahr smartphone app to record and log the number of Himalayan tahr you have hunted.

Your hunting efforts will help to inform future control operations and will help protect Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national parks and other public conservation land.

Visit the Game Animal Council website to download the app. 

Maps from Tahr Control Operational Plan: 2019–2020

The following maps show aerial tahr control and bulls observed for official operations undertaken since 1 September 2019 on public conservation land. Bull tahr are not being targeted in these operations.

Tahr removed and bulls seen in MUs (management units)

Tahr bulls seen in MUs:

Tahr removed in MUs:

Where work was undertaken by a contractor or Aerially Assisted Trophy Hunting concessionaires locations of bull tahr may not be recorded for these operations.

Tahr Control Operational Plan: 2018–2019

Official control of Himalayan tahr for the 2018/19 Tahr Control Operational Plan finished on 27 August.

DOC would like to acknowledge the effort and collaboration from recreational hunters, Wild Animal Recovery Operators, contractors, ground and Aerially Assisted Trophy Hunting concessionaires, all of whom contributed to the control effort.

The table below provides an update on tahr control undertaken as part of the operational plan and includes Wild Animal Recovery Operations on 28 August.

Update on Tahr Control Operational Plan: October 2018 – August 2019
Source of control Type Total to 28 August 2019
Contract control Aerial 2015
Aerially assisted trophy hunting – environmental contributions Aerial 2670
DOC control Aerial 3733
Unmapped (ZIP, AATH trophies, control in spring 2018) Varied 556
Ballot blocks and organised hunts Ground 682
Wild Animal Recovery Operations Aerial 421
Total   10077

Update on Tahr Control Operational Plan: October 2018 – August 2019

While official control has been completed, Wild Animal Recovery Operations will continue. In addition to the above there are also concession returns for trophy hunts to add to the total.

The following maps show aerial tahr control and bulls observed for official operations undertaken between 2 July and 27 August inclusive on public conservation land.

Note that bull tahr are not being targeted in these operations.

Where work was undertaken by a contractor or Aerially Assisted Trophy Hunting concessionaires locations of bull were not recorded for these operations. 

Tahr control and bulls seen in MU (Management Units):

Tahr control outside the feral range April to June 2019

The following map shows locations, results and effort for tahr control undertaken by DOC on public conservation land outside the tahr feral range over April to June 2019. This has been important work to reduce range expansion and work to further develop our approach on this matter will continue to be a focus.

Tahr control outside the feral range (PDF, 3,930K)

Tahr sightings maps 2018

The maps below show helicopter flight paths and waypoints where animals were sighted.

The tables show the number of tahr sighted at each waypoint and the altitude.

Tahr sightings maps - Aoraki Mount Cook operation

Management Unit (MU) Date of operation Maps Tahr sightings information
  16 – 21 June 2018 Overview map (PDF, 1,361)  
MU-5 16 June 2018 Lower Ben Ohau Range map (PDF, 1,192K) Lower Ben Ohau Range table (PDF, 81K)
MU-5 17 June 2018 Mid Ben Ohau Range map  (PDF, 1,056K) Mid Ben Ohau Range table  (PDF, 81K)
MU-5 18 June 2018 Hopkins River map (PDF, 1,205K) Hopkins River table  (PDF, 80K)
MU-4b 18 June 2018 Hooker River map (PDF, 1,414K) Hooker River table  (PDF, 90K)
MU-3 19 June 2018 Gamack Range map (PDF, 1,464K) Garmack Range table  (PDF, 95K)
MU-4b 20 June 2018 Murchison River map  (PDF, 1,466K) Murchison River table  (PDF, 96K)
MU-4b 21 June 2018 Godley River map (PDF, 1,331K) Godley River table  (PDF, 91K)

 

Tahr sightings maps - Two Thumb Range operation

Map number Date of operation Maps Tahr sightings information
  5 August 2018 Overview map (PDF, 3000K)  
1 5 August 2018 Lower section of the Two Thumb Range map (PDF, 3,559K) Lower section of the Two Thumb Range table (PDF, 83K)
2 5 August 2018 Mid section of the Two Thumb Range map (PDF, 3,582K) Mid section of the Two Thumb Range table (PDF, 94K)
3 5 August 2018 Upper section of the Two Thumb Range map (PDF, 3,102K) Upper section of the Two Thumb Range table (PDF, 100K)
4 5 August 2018 Headwaters of the Clyde River map (PDF, 684K) Headwaters of the Clyde River table (PDF, 91K)
5 5 August 2018 Headwaters of the Lawrence River map (PDF, 685K) Headwaters of the Lawrence River table (PDF, 87K)

 

Tahr sightings maps - Upper Rakaia

Map number Date of operation Maps Tahr sightings information
      Tahr survey data (PDF, 121K)
1 18 October 2018 Upper Rakaia sightings map 1(PDF, 1,125K)  
2 18 October 2018 Upper Rakaia sightings map 2 (PDF, 1.965K)  
3 18 October 2018 Upper Rakaia sightings map 3 (PDF, 1,118K)  

Tahr control maps

The maps below show helicopter flight paths and waypoints where animals have been shot.

The tables show the number of tahr seen at each waypoint and the altitude.

Tahr control maps - Aoraki Mount Cook operation

Management Unit (MU) Date of operation Maps Tahr control information
  16-21 June 2018 Overview map (PDF, 1,361)  
MU-5 16 June 2018 Lower Ben Ohau Range map (PDF, 1,192K) Lower Ben Ohau Range table (PDF, 81K)
MU-5 17 June 2018 Mid Ben Ohau Range map  (PDF, 1,056K) Mid Ben Ohau Range table  (PDF, 81K)
MU-5 18 June 2018 Hopkins River map (PDF, 1,205K) Hopkins River table  (PDF, 80K)
MU-4b 18 June 2018 Hooker River map (PDF, 1,414K) Hooker River table  (PDF, 90K)
MU-3 19 June 2018 Gamack Range map (PDF, 1,464K) Garmack Range table  (PDF, 95K)
MU-4b 20 June 2018 Murchison River map  (PDF, 1,466K) Murchison River table  (PDF, 96K)
MU-4b 21 June 2018 Godley River map (PDF, 1,331K) Godley River table  (PDF, 91K)

 

Tahr control maps - Upper Rakaia

Map number Date of operation Maps Tahr control information
      Tahr shot data (PDF, 120K)
1 18 October 2018 Upper Rakaia control map 1(PDF, 1,123K)  
2 18 October 2018 Upper Rakaia control map 2(PDF, 1,987K)  
3 18 October 2018 Upper Rakaia control map 3(PDF, 1,116K)  
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