In addition to upholding the National Policy, members of the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association are required to follow a Code of Ethics. These are presented along with a set of Field Guidelines.
NZDA Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics of the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association Incorporated shall be: –
- A member of the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association will be expected to:
- Approach recreational hunting from the highest possible level of ethics, having due regard to the welfare of the animals hunted, and prevention of cruelty to the same.
- Not hunt or carry a firearm on property without the proper approval of the owner, occupier of controlling authority and shall strictly observe any conditions imposed upon him.
- Be a responsible firearms owner and abide by current Firearms Laws.
- Avoid unnecessary or deliberate damage to the environment, respect property, and other users of the outdoors.
- Advocate sensible conservation practices at all times and promote New Zealand’s biodiversity ‘in situ’.
- Practice the Field Guidelines when out hunting.
- Be exemplary members of NZDA by promoting and abiding by its Rules, Field Guidelines and this Code of Ethics.
NZDA Field Guidelines
- The Field Guidelines policy of the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association Incorporated shall be: –
- To approach the sport of recreational hunting from the highest possible level of ethics, with due regard to the welfare of the animals and the prevention of cruelty to same.
- To encourage the use by hunters, of sporting arms of calibre and/or power adequate to ensure quick clean kills of the particular game species being hunted.
- To encourage the fullest possible use of the game killed by hunters and to avoid always, unnecessary wastage of the game resource.
- To promote safe practices by ensuring oneself and others are suitably trained to minimise risks in the outdoors.
- Respect the property of others and respect the natural environment.
- To assist in the gathering of research information from the animal secured for association (and related) research programmes.