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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A couple of spaces have become available on the Hunter National Training Scheme "HUNTS" course that starts this weekend. $250 pp.
More info on this link or contact us for more info
southernlakesnzda.org.nz/events/hunts-course/
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A couple of spaces have become available on the Hunter National Training Scheme HUNTS course that starts this weekend. $250 pp.
More info on this link or contact us for more info
https://southernlakesnzda.org.nz/events/hunts-course/Image attachment

Update on the Tahr to dateOn behalf of all New Zealand hunters, the NZ Tahr Foundation went to the High Court in Wellington yesterday for a judicial review of DOC's plans to mount a determined effort to radically reduce tahr numbers in the Southern Alps, including exterminating them in National Parks.

The case attracted considerable media and public attention and there was standing room only in the public gallery when the case started, with extra seats having to be brought in to accommodate the numbers. Those attending included the hunting community, with guides, the NZ Tahr Foundation, Deerstalkers Association and individual hunters all present.

The case was heard by Justice Dobson, with the Tahr Foundation's legal team headed by QC Jack Hodder.

Mr Hodder told the court that DOC's 2020-21 operational plan was unlawful and unfair and that hunters had not been properly consulted.

He said it would have an adverse impact on the guiding sector of the tourism industry and the plan should be quashed.

He asked that the number of tahr DOC wants to kill should be reconsidered and the hunting sector properly consulted.

DOC's case was argued by David Laurenson QC who downplayed the contribution recreational hunters make to control tahr numbers and said that the National Parks Act required DOC to exterminate tahr within National Parks.

Justice Dobson quizzed both legal teams, asking for greater explanation of their claims. The case ran the whole day and Justice Dobson reserved his decision.

He is expected to deliver it by next week, possibly as early as this Friday evening.

Meanwhile, support for the Tahr Petition continues to grow, with the number of people who have signed now approaching 50,000.

If you haven't signed, go here now and add your signature to the growing list (note - don't donate here).

www.change.org/p/department-of-conservation-request-doc-halt-the-2020-21-tahr-cull-and-review-the...

And while you are at it, consider contributing to the Give A Little campaign so we can continue the fight to save these magnificent game animals. To throw a few dollars in the pot, click this link; givealittle.co.nz/cause/nztf

To highlight the issue, a peaceful protest is being planned in the heart of tahr country next weekend and the event is already getting media publicity; .

www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/122056861/hundreds-expected-to-join-convoy-in-protest-of-gover...

Will keep you updated on any decisions and news. Thanks for your ongoing support! NZ Tahr Foundation.
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Update on the Tahr to date

The electronic copy of the Hunting and Wildlife magazine is being emailed out today (if not already there)

If you prefer a hard copy, simply order online and pay by credit card or debit card.

Order here: www.nzda.shop

$10 per copy
or
$29 for 4 editions
(includes postage)
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The electronic copy of the Hunting and Wildlife magazine is being emailed out today (if not already there)

If you prefer a hard copy, simply order online and pay by credit card or debit card.

Order here: www.nzda.shop 

$10 per copy 
or
$29 for 4 editions
(includes postage)