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Tahr Petition

A Tahr Petition link went out to members

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Newsletter Sept 2018

Newsletter Sept 2018

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Tahr Update and Meeting Reminder 27th Sept 2018

Tahr Update and Meeting Reminder 27th Sept 2018

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Newsletter Aug 2018

Newsletter Aug 2018

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Understanding Hunting Areas

Presentation shown in a meeting about understanding where to go hunting in the local area

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Newsletter July 2018

Newsletter July 2018

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WARO submission by Southern Lakes

General submission on the WARO process and concessions

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Newsletter June 2018

Newsletter June 2018

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Meeting information 28th June

Meeting information 28th June

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WARO information

WARO information

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Club Events

Club Trip Tahr Hunting Mt Cook

Club Trip Tahr Hunting Mt Cook

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Upper Clutha Club Shoot 2018

Upper Clutha Annual Club competition Shoot 25th Nov 2018

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Dates for the diary

28th Oct – Interclub Mark Salmons Memorial shoot with Fiordland Firearms Club
9th – 11th Nov – Mount Cook club Tahr Hunt

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Upper Clutha Hunting Competition 2018

Upper Clutha Hunting competition
Fri 24th – Sun 26th Aug

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Avalanche Training Winter 2018

Are you working or playing in the backcountry this Winter or Spring ?
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Easter Hunting

Easter Hunt details went out to subscribers today: Check it out.
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Dates for the Diary

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24th – 26th Nov 2017 Tahr Hunt


Information will be emailed out for all registered members.
We have a waiting list.
IF YOU ARE NOT GOING OR DECIDE AT THE LAST MINUTE TO CANCEL THATS FINE BUT INFORM US

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14th Dec BBQ & Social

Xmas BBQ and Social Catch up

Thursday 14th Dec 2017

No meeting just a social get together to talk “hunting shit” and share a beer before the summer holidays
Arrowtown Bowling Club
6 Hertford Street, Arrowtown

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30th Nov – Club Night & Meeting

Arrowtown Bowling Club
6 Hertford Street, Arrowtown
Meeting starts at 7.30pm

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Mid Greenstone & Upper Caples Hut

We look after 2 huts in the Mid Greenstone and Upper Caples Valleys. Bookings are essential to stay there as the huts are locked.

About Us

Formed in 1937, the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association is New Zealand’s recognised National body representing and speaking for hunter generally.

Membership

New members welcome.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at the Arrowtown Bowling Club at 6.30pm for drinks and meeting starts at 7.30pm

WhiteTail Deer

Formed in 2017, the Wakatipu Whitetail Deer Mangement Group (WWMG) was formed to educate hunters and locals about the threatened White Tail deer herd in the Wakatipu area

Stoat traps

Volunteers from the Southern Lakes NZDA look after a line of Stoat Traps in Steele Creek, established 10 years ago they were installed to protect Steele Creek from preditors of the Blue Duck and native birds

HUNTS courses

The Hunter National Training Scheme (HUNTS) course is designed to introduce new hunters to the skills needed to hunt below the snowline.

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Southern Lakes Branch NZDA

NZDA Update from Natex Exec meetings with Mike Slater DDG of DoC and Minister Eugenie Sage – 10 December 2018:

1. Mike Slater - met with Trevor Chappell and Bill O’Leary,
• Tahr operations discussed.
These have been delayed as a result of the helicopter crash and deaths of key personnel. There is an urgent need to appoint a replacement coordinator who will liaise with recreational hunters and facilitate management hunts run by organised groups.
NZDA suggested aspects of the Tahr Plan that should be reviewed.
Protocols for aerial operations to minimise animal welfare issues discussed with general agreement.
• Deer numbers and the state of the forest in Kawekas and Raukumaras raised by DoC.
DoC is concerned about the predator/pest numbers in the regions and would look at aerial 1080.
NZDA is opposed to such an operation without deer repellent. Discussion was around how long an aerial operation could be delayed while an effective and economic deer repellent is developed.
The deer numbers would remain as a perceived problem. Waro activity is limited and more recreational hunter activity is required.
• WARO Review
NZDA emphasised the disappointment that branches and regional DoC recommendations in many cases had been rejected by the DoC WARO panel.
Mike insisted that this had been the result of the panel looking for consistency across all judgements.
2. Minister Sage – met with Trevor Chappell and Bill O’Leary
• GAC
Minister raised concern that NZDA (and others) understanding of her attitude towards GAC was wrong. She insisted she had made no statement that could have given NZDA the idea that she was against the GAC...
NZDA strongly emphasised that positive support for the GAC would be welcomed and that support for new funding options were required and should be supported.
(this was a difficult conversation).
• Tahr
The Minister stated that tahr population was “out of control”.
NZDA emphasised that an operational plan had been developed in haste and that the delays in implementing it would enable improvements to be made.
Collaboration and cooperation were needed and the appointment of a replacement liaison person was essential.
• Acknowledgements
The Minister acknowledged the pest control work of NZDA branches and praised the work of the Back Country Trust.
NZDA emphasised that hunters were conservationists and had a commitment to the NZ outdoor environment.
• Next meeting
The Minister has asked for a meeting in March.

We will continue to remain engaged with DoC and the minister to lobby on behalf of recreational hunter concerns.
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