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Hasting’s NZDA sponsored stag | Google Earth

To view the Hastings’ NZDA sponsored stag, just download the file below and open in Google Earth. By adjusting the time slider you can view the stag’s day-to-day activities for a whole year. Note that the sun and moon patterns can be turned on and off to help understand his daily patterns. Download the NZDA…

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Landsar – Search & Rescue Application Form

Land Search and rescue is a voluntary organisation that undertakes search and rescue operations from the beach to the snowline, including urban and suburban environments. A high level of physical fitness and outdoors skills are required. This management team is responsible for all the planning, logistics and management of all Hawke’s Bay Search & Rescue…

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NZ Mountain Safety – Duck Hunters Who Drink Alcohol

New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Media Release Mountain Safety Council warns duck hunters to avoid alcohol when shooting. The duck season starts on the first Saturday of May and forty thousand passionate duck shooters will head off to their maimais on ponds and lakes to enjoy this highlight of the shooting calendar. During last year’s…

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Don’t Jump The Gun On Canada Goose Culls

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…

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The Responsibilities of Hunters

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.…

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DOC – Changes to land access – Wellington & Hawkes Bay

Click here for full details on road and track access changes 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,…

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Forest & Bird and DOC Letters – Heli-hunting

Read original letter from Forest & Bird The Department of Conservation’s management of heli-hunting Communication from Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc Dear Al, 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…

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Sika GPS Tracking Project in the Kaweka Forest Park

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…

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Road Through Molesworth Station Is Open

Please note, this event is now closed 20 December 2010 – Communication from DOC Opportunity opens from Tuesday next week (28 December) to drive through this spectacular high country landscape of Molesworth station, New Zealand’s largest farm. The Acheron Road through the vast historic South Marlborough station is due to be open to the public…

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West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board

Letter from West Coast Tai Poutini conservation board for New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association – 10 December 2010 Dear Snow, 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.…

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Hunting & Fishing Adventures – Clearing The Air

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…

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Didymo Information

Didymo: The Story So Far 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…

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