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Hunting 

A permit is required by anyone using a rifle, bow or dog to hunt on land managed by the Department of Conservation.
You need to take a valid hunting permit with you at all times to legally hunt on land managed by DOC.
All blocks in the Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA) are restricted permit blocks issued by way of two ballot draws, one for April/May each year (the roar) and the other for June to September.

From 1 October to 31 March the Greenstone/Caples RHA is closed to hunting.
A restricted permit means:
• The permit is issued for a specific hunting block only
• You need to request the permit from your local DOC office

Restricted permits are also issued for gamebird, rabbit, hare and possum hunting with rimfire rifles, shotguns and .22s, and for animal fur trapping.

The Lower Caples hunting block offers opportunities to hunt fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

LOWER CAPLES
Hunting block overview

Species

  • Chamois
  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer – Red

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a ‘restricted area permit’ which must be obtained from the DOC office managing the hunting area.


Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

Animals present are fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

General information

The Lower Caples block includes most of the bush and faces on the true left of the Caples, from the creek draining Mt Bonpland down to the confluence of the Greenstone and Caples Rivers. It also includes the area of bush on the true right, behind Mid Caples Hut.

The Lower Caples block is restricted and is only available from 1 April to 30 September. You need to get a permit specifically for this block, issued from the local DOC office by way of two ballot draws.

Access

From the Greenstone road end take the Caples Track up-valley to Mid Caples Hut. From here you can access both parts of the block.

Landholders

The Caples Valley floor is private land, owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. No hunting is permitted on or within 100 metres of the river flats. Access agreements allow for walking and carrying firearms up the valley.

Hunters who are allocated a block in the ballot draw must advise the farm manager before entering the valley. Contact Routeburn Station, Stuart Percy, ph +64 3 442 9901.

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Additional information

  • There are two ballot draws per year - one for April/May (the roar) and the other for June to September.
  • From 1 October to 31 March the Greenstone/Caples RHA is closed to hunting.

Commercial or guided hunting is not permitted in this block.

The Upper Caples hunting block offers opportunities to hunt fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

UPPER CAPLES 
Hunting block overview

Species

  • Chamois
  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer - Red

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a ‘restricted area permit’ which must be obtained from the DOC office managing the hunting area.

Animals present are fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

General information

The Upper Caples block includes the Fraser and Kay Creek catchments, the Caples from just below Upper Caples Hut up to McKellar Saddle, and the slopes of Jean Batten Peak and Mt Bonpland.

The Upper Caples block is restricted and is only available from 1 April to 30 September. You need to get a permit specifically for this block, issued from the local DOC office by way of two ballot draws.

Access

Follow the Caples Track up valley, entering the block where the bush closes in about 1 km below Upper Caples Hut. From the hut, tracks lead up all three main tributaries of the block: Kay Creek, Fraser Creek and the Caples River itself.

Landholders

The Caples Valley floor is private land, owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. No hunting is permitted on or within 100 metres of the river flats. Access agreements allow for walking and carrying firearms up the valley.

Hunters who are allocated a block in the ballot draw must advise the farm manager before entering the valley. Contact Routeburn Station, Stuart Percy, ph +64 3 442 9901.

Maps

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Upper Caples hunting block map (PDF, 1,465K) (opens in new window)

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted in this block, or in any part of the Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA).

Huts

Additional information

  • There are two ballot draws per year - one for April/May (the roar) and the other for June to September. Find out more about the 2016 ballots and ballot process.
  • From 1 October to 31 March the Greenstone/Caples RHA is closed to hunting.
  • Commercial or guided hunting is not permitted in this block.

Information regarding the ballot process

Applications for the April/May ballot are accepted on the DOC website from 1 November to 1 December each year. Applications for the June to September ballot are accepted from 1 February to 1 March each year.

  • Applications must include the full name, address, phone number and firearms licence number of each party member (party leaders must also include an email address).
  • Only one form per party is permitted.
  • Individual hunters should not apply on more than one ballot form. Any hunter found on more than one form will have all applications removed from the ballot.
  • A maximum of four hunters are permitted per block. Any parties with fewer than four members will have the remaining places allocated to another party.

The ballots are drawn under Police supervision and party leaders notified in writing of their success or failure in the ballot draw. If successful applicants are not going to hunt their block they must contact the Department as soon as possible to allow others the hunting opportunity.

Name changes are discouraged but may be granted at the Department’s discretion.

Successful hunters must advise the farm manager before entering either valley. Contact Routeburn Station, Stuart Percy, ph +64 3 442 9901.

Kill Returns must be lodged with the Queenstown Office within 30 days of permit expiry. Nil Returns must also be lodged. Successful hunters must also return a colour photo of the head and a Douglas Score (or the length, width and number of points). This information is used by the local New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association branch as part of their annual reporting.

Your responsibilities

It is your responsibility to:

  • Find out about pesticide use in the area you are hunting in before your trip
  • Comply in full with the conditions under which the hunting permit is issued
  • Comply with each area’s special conditions for hunting and the use of dogs
  • Get permission from any private land owners before you cross their land
  • Ensure you do not hunt on restricted hunting areas unless you have received separate consent from the relevant DOC issuing office
  • Carry a hunting permit with you whenever you go hunting on land managed by DOC