Club News

Tahr Petition

A Tahr Petition link went out to members

Newsletter Sept 2018

Newsletter Sept 2018

Tahr Update and Meeting Reminder 27th Sept 2018

Tahr Update and Meeting Reminder 27th Sept 2018

Newsletter Aug 2018

Newsletter Aug 2018

Understanding Hunting Areas

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

Newsletter July 2018

Newsletter July 2018

WARO submission by Southern Lakes

General submission on the WARO process and concessions

Newsletter June 2018

Newsletter June 2018

Meeting information 28th June

Meeting information 28th June

WARO information

WARO information

Club Events

Club Trip Tahr Hunting Mt Cook

Club Trip Tahr Hunting Mt Cook

Upper Clutha Club Shoot 2018

Upper Clutha Annual Club competition Shoot 25th Nov 2018

Dates for the diary

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

Upper Clutha Hunting Competition 2018

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

Avalanche Training Winter 2018

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

Easter Hunting

Easter Hunt details went out to subscribers today: Check it out.

24th – 26th Nov 2017 Tahr Hunt

Information will be emailed out for all registered members.
We have a waiting list.

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

30th Nov – Club Night & Meeting

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

Latest Pics

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.


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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24 hours ago

Southern Lakes Branch NZDA

Changes announced today

New Zealand Police
Last Friday, our country was shocked by a brutal and senseless attack. We recognise our world has changed. Police focus is on ensuring the immediate safety and peace of mind of our communities. Today, the Government has made immediate changes to classifications in the Arms Act which will mean some firearms are going to be reclassified as military style semi-automatic firearms (MSSAs). At 3pm today, changes have been by an Order in Council under section 74A(c) of the Arms Act came into force adding two more groups of semi-automatics under the MSSA definition: • a semi-automatic firearm that is capable of being used in combination with a detachable magazine (other than one designed to hold 0.22-inch or less rimfire cartridges) that is capable of holding more than 5 cartridges; and • a semi-automatic firearm that is a shotgun and is capable of being used in combination with a detachable magazine that is capable of holding more than 5 cartridges. As a result of these changes many people who, up until now have owned these firearms legally, will no longer be able to possess them on their current licence conditions. This means for many people, you will now be in unlawful possession of your firearm. Given this is an immediate change, there is an amnesty to allow the notification and hand in their firearms to Police. To organise the hand in of your firearm, you will need to complete a form on the Police website. Those who are unable to do so can call Police on 0800 311 311. When the form is submitted Police will be notified you are in possession of a firearm that needs to be handed in. We will contact you to organise a suitable time and place for you to hand over your firearm. This may mean you bring it to Police at an allocated time, or a Police employee comes to you directly to collect the firearm. I can’t emphasise enough that in the current environment, it is important you do not take your now-unlawful firearm anywhere without notifying Police. It is absolutely vital that we manage the safe and organised transport of all firearms into Police custody. There is clear information on our website around what firearms are affected by the change and what to do if your firearm if affected - The Government has signalled there will be further changes made over the coming weeks to ban all military style semi-automatics and assault rifles permanently. While legislation is being finalised, the Government in the interim has acted to restrict the potential stock-piling of these guns, parts and high-capacity magazines, prevent additional purchases and encourage people to notify Police about their intention to hand in their firearms. We will continue to update the public and especially the firearms community as required. - Police Commissioner Mike Bush
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