Enter the National Wild Goat Hunting Competition to compete for national and local prizes and help protect the environment.

The competition is brought to you by DOC and the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association. It is supported by Federated Farmers of NZ (Inc.), and Hunting & Fishing Ltd


  • Competition: 1 August – 26 November 2023
  • Local open days and prizegivings: Varies – see NZDA branch table below for details
  • National prizegiving: Friday 15 December 2023 

How to enter 

Entries close at midnight on Sunday 26 November 2023. 

The competition is free to enter and competitors do not need to preregister. Competitors need to head into a NZDA branch open day or an official recording point to make an entry.

Tails entered and recorded will be kept at the hub and then disposed of by a NZDA member or approved verifier. Goat heads may be kept and disposed of by NZDA volunteers unless the hunter wishes to keep their entry. 

Competition rules

All competitors must hunt within the competition rules. Read the National Wild Goat Hunting Competition rules

You can take part anywhere you have permission from the landowner to hunt. This competition promotes safe firearms use, keeping safe in the back country, and ethical and humane hunting. 

Competition categories and prizes

There is over $50,000 worth of prizes kindly donated by the hunting and outdoor sector.

National categories

Every entry at a local NZDA branch or official recording point will count towards the national categories.

National categories Entry details Prize and value
NZ Hunter - Goat Pursuit
  • Every individual has one chance to win. 
  • Enter a wild goat head or tail and tell us in two sentences or less why you should win.  
  • Selected finalists will submit a video to NZ Hunter.
  • Entries close midnight 31 October.

Win an unforgettable filmed wild goat hunting expedition with NZ Hunter. Flights and accommodation included.
When: Summer 23/24
Location: Likely to be a rural South Island location
Duration: 2-3 nights

Got Your Goat
  • Every individual has one chance to win.
  • Enter a wild goat tail or head and go in the draw to win one of a number of epic spot prize packs.
Win 1 of 9 spot prize packs. Each pack is worth over $1400 each.
The Great Goat Roundup
  • Every tail is a chance to win. 
  • The more tails you enter, the more entries you get.
Win 1 of 10 spot prize packs. Each pack is worth approximately $1200 each.
NZDA's Greatest of All Time Hunter - The G.O.A.T
  • Highest scoring goat head nationwide. (Based on the Douglas Score of goat head entries received at NZDA branches only.)
Win a prize pack worth over $1,300.

Prize packs may include hunting apparel, footwear, vouchers, a Traeger grill, freeze dried meals, personal locator beacons, binoculars, headlamps and more. 

Local NZDA branch categories

There are 15 NZDA branches running local events throughout the competition. Prizes for the local categories will be given out on the specified prizegiving date in December. Local spot prizes will be given out at branch open day. All entrants must be on site to receive spot prizes.

Each NZDA branch will have the following categories and prizes:

Local categories Prizes
Highest scoring goat head Hunting & Fishing Camo Rifle Bag 48" and Gerber Gator folding knife.
Highest scoring goat head by a NZDA member Hunting & Fishing Universal Gun Cleaning Kit and NZ Hunter annual subscription.
Highest scoring goat head by a Junior (under 18) Hunting & Fishing 126pc First Aid Kit and $100 Hunting & Fishing voucher.
Most goat tails $300 Huntech clothing voucher.
Most goat tails by a NZDA member  Lansky Quick Fix Pocket Sharpener from Hunting & Fishing and $100 Backcountry Cuisine voucher.
Most goat tails by a Junior (under 18) Traverse Headlamp from Hunting & Fishing and $100 Hunting & Fishing voucher.

Read the disclaimer for both national and local prize winners in the competition rules.

2023 Sponsors

Founding sponsor: Hunting & Fishing

Major sponsors: NZ Hunter and Huntech

Supporting sponsors: Traeger Grills, Backcountry Cuisine, Lowa Boots, InfiRay, Te Tari Puureke Firearms Safety Authority, Tatonka, Bushnell, LEDLenser, Thorlo, and Topo4GPS.

Where to hunt wild goats

Wild goats are found throughout New Zealand in both the North and South Islands. They occupy a wide range of habitats and can be found from sea level to the alpine zone, living in introduced and native grasslands, scrub, and forest. Concentrations of goats can be found in Taranaki, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough, and Otago. 

To find where to hunt goats near you:

Note: wild goats are often seen in places where you are not allowed to hunt like on road edges, train tracks, river, and road reserves. 

Protect kauri when you hunt

Native kauri are under threat from a disease commonly referred to as kauri dieback which can easily spread by soil movement from dirty footwear, animals, equipment and vehicles. 

If you are hunting in the Northland, Auckland, Kaimai Ranges, Coromandel, Waikato or Bay of Plenty areas, be mindful of kauri and follow the kauri protection guidelines for hunting

Read more about kauri disease.

Related links

NZDA branch open days

Anyone can take their entry to a NZDA branch open day. You do not need to be an NZDA member. If you can't attend a NZDA branch open day, contact the relevant branch below to arrange an alternative time to make your entry.

NZDA Branch Open day dates and times Open day address Contact Prizegiving date
North Auckland
  • 9 September 9am-12pm
  • 14 October 9am-12pm
  • 25 November 9am-12pm
848 Coasteville Riverhead Highway, Riverhead 3 December 2023
  • 17 September 12pm-3pm
  • 15 October 12pm- 3pm
  • 26 November 12pm- 3pm
7 Target Street, Point Chevalier, Auckland 12 December 2023
  • 24 August 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • 9 September 1pm-3pm
  • 28 September 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • 4 November 1pm-3pm
975 Wairere Drive, Hamilton 1 December 2023
Te Awamutu
  • 10 September 10am-2pm
  • 15 October 11am-1pm
  • 26 November 10am-2pm
Te Awamutu Smallbore Rifle Clubrooms, Factory Rd, Te Awamutu 13 December 2023
Thames Valley
  • 27 August 10am-3pm
  • 30 September 10am-3pm
  • 26 November 10am-3pm
TVDA Clubrooms and Range, 101 Morrison Road, Paeroa 14 December 2023
Bay of Plenty
  • 26 August 10.30am-1.30pm
  • 14 October 10.30am-1.30pm
  • 26 November 10.30am-1.30pm
617 State Highway 29A, Tauriko, Tauranga 5 December 2023
Central King Country
  • 24 September 3pm-5pm
  • 29 October 3pm-5pm
  • 26 November 3pm-5pm
Taumarunui Bowling Club, 33 Turaki Street, Taumarunui 7 December 2023
  • 20 August 10am-2pm
  • 24 September 10am-2pm
  • 26 November 10am-3pm
62 Mountain Road, Maunganamu, Taupo 12 December 2023

North Taranaki

  • 9 August 7pm-8.30pm
  • 6 September 7pm-8.30pm
  • 18 November 10am-1pm
12a Drake Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth 6 December 2023
Hutt Valley
  • 27 August 12pm-2pm
  • 24 September 12pm-2pm
  • 26 November 12pm-2pm
Kaitoke Range Complex, Incline Road, Kaitoke, Upper Hutt 9 December 2023
  • 8 August 6pm-9.30pm
  • 12 September 6pm-9.30pm
  • 10 October 6pm-9.30pm
  • 14 November 6pm-9.30pm
3 Collina Terrace, Thorndon, Wellington 12 December 2023
  • 17 September 10am-3pm
Murchison DOC Field Base, 116 Fairfax Street, Murchison 8 December 2023
  • 29 October 10am-3pm
Motueka DOC Office, 406 High Street, Motueka
  • 19 November 10am-3pm
Murchison DOC Field Base, 116 Fairfax Street, Murchison
  • 26 November 10am-3pm
Nelson NZDA Meeting Room - Fish and Game Rooms, 74 Champion Road, Stoke, Nelson
Golden Bay
  • 27 August 1pm-4pm
  • 15 October 1pm-4pm
  • 26 November 1pm-4pm
River Inn, 20 Waitapu Road, Takaka 6 December 2023
West Coast
  • 27 August 12pm -3pm
DOC Workshop, 15 Camp Street, Hokitika 14 December 2023
  • 15 October 12pm-3pm
DOC Office/Workshop, 72 Russell Street, Westport
  • 26 November 12pm-3pm
DOC Office, 19 High Street, Greymouth
Southern Lakes
  • 31 August 7pm-9pm
  • 28 September 7pm-9pm
  • 26 October 7pm-9pm
Arrowtown Bowling Club, 6 Hertford Street, Otago 10 December 2023
  • 26 November 6pm-8pm
24 Herries Lane, Lake Hayes, Queenstown

Official recording points

Please call or email during business hours and arrange an appointment to have your tail sighted. All tails must be presented for registration in a secure and clean manner for counting and disposing.

Recording point Address Timing for drop off Contact
DOC - Kaitaia Office 25 Matthews Avenue, Kaitaia By appointment only

Hunting and Fishing Store - Kaitaia 11 North Park Drive, Kaitaia  During opening hours 

+64 9 408 0906

DOC - Bay of Islands Office 34 Landing Road, Kerikeri  By appointment only

+64 27 611 0723

+64 27 243 3272

DOC - Whangārei Office 2 South End Ave, Raumanga, Whangārei By appointment only

+64 27 201 9939

DOC - Kauri Coast 150 Colville Road, Dargaville By appointment only

DOC - Warkworth Office 12/30 Hudson Road Warkworth Auckland By appointment only

+64 9 425 7812

Hunting & Fishing Store - North Shore 1 Holder Place, Rosedale, Auckland During opening hours

+64 9 869 3331

2023 Sika Show Mystery Creek Event Centre, 125 Mystery Creek Road, Ōhaupō Saturday 28 October 9am-5pm and Sunday 29 October 9am-4pm at the main entrance

No appointment required.

DOC - Hauraki Office 3/366 Ngati Maru Highway (SH25), Thames By appointment only

+64 7 867 9180

Hunting & Fishing Store - Tauranga  65 Chapel Street, Tauranga During opening hours

+64 7 928 4303

DOC - Whakatāne Office 9 Louvain Street, Whakatāne By appointment only +64 7 307 2770

Hunting & Fishing Store - Whakatāne 129 Commerce Street, Whakatāne  During opening hours


DOC - Ōpōtiki Office 70 Bridge Street, Ōpōtiki By appointment only +64 7 315 1001

Hunting & Fishing Store - Rotorua 360 Te Ngae Road, Lynmore Junction, Rotorua During opening hours

+64 7 349 6303

DOC - Rotorua Office 99 Sala Street, Whakarewarewera, Rotorua By appointment only

DOC - Te Kuiti Office 78 Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti By appointment only

+64 27 586 7757

DOC - Pureora House 5 Village Road, Pureora
Hunting & Fishing Store - Taupō 27 Gascoigne Street, Taupō During opening hours

+64 7 378 4449

Hunting & Fishing Store - Taranaki 35 Ocean View Parade, Moturoa, New Plymouth During opening hours

+64 6 757 2255

Hunting & Fishing Store - Taranaki Valley Mega Centre, 2/20 Rifle Range Road, Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth During opening hours

+64 6 757 2255

DOC - Gisborne Office 63 Carnarvon Street, Gisborne By appointment only
Hunting & Fishing Store - Gisborne 310 Gladstone Road, Gisborne During opening hours


DOC - Napier Office Conservation House, 59 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier By appointment only
DOC - Ohakune Office 1 Mountain Road Ohakune By appointment only
Hunting & Fishing Store - Whanganui 64 Carlton Avenue, Gonville, Whanganui During opening hours  
DOC - Palmerston North Office 28 North Road, Palmerston North By appointment only

+64 6 350 9700

Hunting & Fishing Store - Ōtaki  179 Main Highway, Ōtaki  During opening hours

+64 6 364 8969

DOC - Wairarapa Office 220 South Road, RD 5, Masterton  By appointment only

Hunting & Fishing Store - Wairarapa 319 Ngaumutawa Road, Solway, Masterton During opening hours


Hunting & Fishing Store - Nelson 50 Achillies Ave, Nelson During opening hours


Hunting & Fishing Store - Richmond 213 Queen Street, Richmond During opening hours


DOC - Wairau/Renwick Office 22 Gee Street, Renwick, Marlborough By appointment only

Hunting & Fishing Store - Kaikōura Harakeke Shopping Centre, 130 Beach Road, Kaikōura During opening hours

+64 3 319 6648

DOC - Westport Office 72 Russell Street, Westport By appointment only

+64 7 223 4847

DOC - Paparoa Visitor Centre 4294 Coast Road, Punakaiki By appointment only

+64 3 731 1895

DOC - Greymouth Office 17 High Street, Greymouth By appointment only +64 27 290 9029

DOC - Hokitika Office 99 Revell Street, Hokitika By appointment only

DOC - Arthur’s Pass National Park Visitor Centre 104 West Coast Road, Arthur’s Pass Village By appointment only

+64 3 318 9211

Hunting & Fishing Store - Christchurch 75 Clarence Street, Addington, Christchurch During opening hours


Hunting & Fishing Store - Timaru Unit 1 The Landings, 50 Theodosia Street, Central, Timaru During opening hours

+64 3 684 8835

DOC - Twizel Office 15 Wairepo Road, Twizel By appointment only

DOC - Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre 1 Ballantyne Road, Wānaka By appointment only

+64 27 269 6871

DOC - Queenstown Visitor Centre 50 Stanley Street, Queenstown By appointment only

+64 3 442 7935

Hunting & Fishing Store - Queenstown Building 7, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton During opening hours


Hunting & Fishing Store - Dunedin 141 Crawford Street, Dunedin During opening hours  
Hunting & Fishing Store - Invercargill 97 Leet Street, Invercargill During opening hours  


For further information email Megan Robinson:

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