Media release from Fish and Game New Zealand, April 2011
Fish & Game NZ is cautioning hunters against jumping the gun on Canada Goose culls.
Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson earlier this month announced that Canada geese are to be moved from Schedule 1 to Schedule 5 of the Wildlife Act, which will take away the protection status of the birds.
Fish & Game chief executive Bryce Johnson says the announcement has left hunters and landowners confused about the current status of Canada geese, and points out that they are still protected until the law comes into effect.
Information release from Epro Ltd regarding 1080 poison drop in Waitara Valley, May – June 2011
Notice of intention to Apply (1080) – Waitara Valley
Epro Ltd has been contracted by the Animal Health Board to undertake bovine tuberculosis (TB) vector control (possums) in the Waitara Valley area.
To comply with the Hawke’s Bay Medical Officer of Health’s request, Epro Ltd give notice of our intention to apply 1080. The toxic bait will be in the form of cereal pellets and will be dyed green in accordance with the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms act 1996.
This operation will commence as soon as practicable after 1 March 2011 and will be completed by 30 June 2011, weather permitting.
If you have any queries please contact Epro Ltd’s Taupo office (07) 378 4852
Original article featured in New Zealand Deerstalkers’ newsletter (Jan/feb 2011) – Written by Chaz Forsyth
The responsibilities of hunters
Today the widespread availability of instant communication, of 20 second ‘sound bites’, and of ready access to information (as opposed to ‘knowledge’) empowers us all, and imposes responsibility too. Hopefully, wisdom will emerge from all this.
So it is with firearms. Owning something capable of punching as projectile clean through a target, be it living or inanimate, implies responsibilities and rights which are easily taken for granted.
Firearm misuse and motor vehicle misuse
The daily news inevitably catalogues the latest road incident, often involving “accidental” injury, or worse, and the outcomes of those incidents where people attempt to escape Police by speeding away from a scene. Media interest in such events is intense, whereas the millions of safe road users rarely rate a mention, which parallels the situation for arms owners. Continue reading “The Responsibilities of Hunters” »
There are a number of changes to road and track access to recreational land in Hawkes Bay and Wellington. Affected areas include
Waiotauru Track, Tararua forest park
Putangirua Pinnacles top track, Aorangi
Charlie Brown road, Kaweka forest park
Eastern Ruahine forest park
Makahu road, Kaweka forest
Access to some parts of the Forest Parks is across private land. To ensure this privilege continues, remember the following: Keep dogs on a lead, Take bolts out of rifles and leave gates as you find them.
The Department of Conservation’s management of heli-hunting
Communication from Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc
Forest & Bird would like to endorse the position of the New Zealand Conservation Authority on heli-hunting. The Authority is critical of the Department’s current approach in a letter dated 15 November 2010, and we agree with its concerns.
The practice of heli-hunting – where a fee-paying hunter is guided to a trophy animal by helicopter – should be recognised as primarily a commercial activity for private benefit and managed as such. It is not a conservation management activity for the public good.
Forest & Bird is concerned at the Department’s approach, which seeks to justify extensive heli-hunting on the basis that it is a wild game control activity. Like the NZCA, we object to such interpretations of the activity. Another argument, which Mike Cuddihy posed to the DOC-NGO forum, is that heli-hunting is no different to flying a recreational hunter in and out of a location for a period of ground-based hunting. We disagree: hunting by helicopter involves machines in the air for longer periods than access flights and so is more intrusive and less able to be controlled. Continue reading “Forest & Bird and DOC Letters – Heli-hunting” »
Communication from Roydhouse Pest Management, regarding pest control
To whom it may concern,
Roydhouse Pest Management Ltd will be running a possum control operation in the contract known as Tutaekuri Mohaka duration 7.2.11 – 31.7.11. This contract on Department of Conservation administered land, starts at Kaweka Road, Puketitiri extending into the Kaweka Forest Park through Middle Hill and Makino bivvy, down to the Mohaka River and along the Forest Park / farmland boundary on the east. All landowners and adjacent neighbours will be notified.
As required by our MOH and as part of our operation we are advising local hunting clubs that toxin used will be Feratox (encapsulated cyanide) contained with lure, in Biobags stapled to trees. All baits are dyed green and are deadly poison and harmful to humans.
There may also be blue Biobags containing Feracol-cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3). All baits are a paste and dyed blue. These baits can be harmful to humans and are harmful to cats, dogs and domestic stock.
There will be signs erected on all access points.
An information sheet on this poison is enclosed, or may have been sent to you previously.
Should your require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
W J Roydhouse
Roydhouse Pest Management Ltd
(06) 874 2895
P.O Box 7218 Taradale
30 Deer (20 sika hinds and 10 sika stags) have been captured using net guns, fitted with transmitters mounted on neck collars, and will be monitored until May 2012 when collars are programmed to drop off. The spatial data will be analysed to measure home range sizes of hinds and local and long-distance movements by stags. We will overlay the satellite data on land cover maps to learn what habitats are used and avoided by sika.
Information will be analysed and shared with the supporters of the project, recreational hunters and any other interested parties.
To use GPS/VHF/satellite tracking collars to determine how time of day, weather, seasonality, population density, hunting pressure, sex, age and breeding cycles influence habitat use, dispersal and home ranges of sika deer in the Kaweka Forest Park. This information will promote more efficient herd management by the Department of Conservation and recreational hunters.
Letter from West Coast Tai Poutini conservation board for New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association – 10 December 2010
Thank you for coming along to the West Coat Tai Poutini Conservation Board’s meeting on Friday 19 November 2010.
The Board was interested to hear your views on heli-hunting and your personal experiences in the bush. As you know, the Board has made submissions to the Department of Conservation opposing the granting of heli-hunting concessions. The Board intends to follow the concessions process closely and will make representation to the Department when it is necessary. Continue reading “West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board” »
There is a major misunderstanding circulating that we need to straighten the record on. Our summer catalogue featured an advertisement for the travel agency Hunting & Fishing Adventures. Part of the advertisement was intended to invite more existing commercial operators (hunting guides, hunting estates, fishing guides, charter boats, farm or lodge accommodation providers etc) to come forward to list their services with the agency. Instead the way the advertisement was worded, it looked like the ‘Adventures’ agency was looking to commercialise locations where current free access might exist which would then deny hunters and anglers like you and I, access we had traditionally enjoyed. Trust us that this was never the intention (although yes it did read that way). It’s my job to oversee the proof reading on the Hunting & Fishing New Zealand catalogue so the buck must stop with me when a major error like this gets through. I wish to apologies for the concern we have caused many outdoor enthusiasts, but we must say it is great to see the depth of passion that exists to keep as much of the New Zealand hunting and fishing resource open and accessible to the public as possible.
Since didymo, or rock snot, was first discovered in the Lower Waiau River of Southland in 2004. It has spread rapidly and is now present in over 150 lakes, rivers and streams throughout the South Island. The freshwater algae forms unsightly mats affecting fish prey species and makes recreational activities unpleasant.
The species began expanding outside of its native range in North America and Europe in the mid-1980s forming nuisance blooms in places. This trend has continued with a second Southern Hemisphere incursion being confirmed in Patagonia, Chile in April 2010.
To date, the social marketing campaign led by MAF Biosecurity New Zealand has been successful in restricting the infestation to the South Island. From 2004 to 2011 the economic impact to New Zealand has been estimated in the range of $58 to $285 million.
Letter from NZDA to Minister of Conservation. Regarding decision on the report of the Game Animal Council Establishment Committee.
I am writing at the behest of our national executive, and on the insistence of some of our members.
New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association was pleased to endorse the release of the establishment committee report, proposing a model for a game animal council, which you released in late June this year. We understood from advice received at that time that you were likely to respond to that report within sixty working days, i.e. three months. This advice came directly from establishment committee members.
New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association is anxious to draw your attention to the fact that this period has now elapsed by a further two months. We observe that many of our members are putting pressure on us at the national executive level, to provide some answers about this process.
Historical photographs from the glory days of hunting featuring old huts, dated camp scenes, brining home the trophies by horse pack, big Red stags, Wapiti bulls and memories of the 1975 ‘Save our tahr campaign’. Features NZDA, sporting clay and NZR championship shooting dates, militaria auctions, pig hunts, A&P shows, hunting ballot dates, national competition close off dates, and most important World Rugby Cup match schedules.
On behalf of the national executive, and as national president of our association, I wish to congratulate you on the formation of a pig hunter’s association with a national focus. Many people have looked forward to seeing the establishment of a pug hunting body for New Zealand for a long time. We now look forward to supporting your committee and member ship and collaborating where we can, to advance the interest of all hunters of large game.
Date: 29th October 2010
Title: Deer carcass breakdown monitoring
It is agreed as follow
Objective of proposed research
To provide a quick assessment of the breakdown rate of deer carcasses compared to possum carcasses. If possible, the research is to include monitoring of 1080 levels within the carcass. The quick assessment will assist the AHB in determining if further research is required.
Notification for animal health board 1080 aerial baiting programme 2011
The Animal Health Board (AHB) manages the National Pest Management Strategy for bovine TB. Possums are the main wild animal transmitters of bovine TB to domestic cattle and deer. New Zealand needs to reduce possum numbers to check the transmission of this disease to grazing stock, and in many areas the most effective means for this control is by aerial application of sodium fluroacetate (1080).
The 2011 Hawkes Bay Vector Control programme will involve five 1080 aerial contracts, one of these projects is entirely over private land; while the other four will involve both private and Crown Lands that the public / deerstalkers have access to.