WARO Concessions Review

After liaising with a number of venison recovery industry leaders and recreational hunters it is generally agreed that the current regime is not working for the industry, recreational hunting or, in our view, conservation.

PRESS RELEASE Game Animal Council Concerns over Firearms Licence Costs

“The new Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill proposes allowing the Police to recover costs for “demand services”, with potential implications for firearms-related costs, for which there are existing charges” said Don Hammond chair of the Game Animal Council (GAC).

PRESS RELEASE: Tuhoe Hunting Access

‘Hunters from throughout NZ and especially the North Island, will welcome the start of the new access system for Te Urewera’ says Don Hammond, Chairman of the NZ Game Animal Council.

Ministers Meet Don Hammond

Ministers Barry (Conservation) and Finlayson (Attorney General) met with Don Hammond (GAC Chairman) along with DOC field staff at DOC’S Whakatane office recently

PRESS RELEASE: Te Urewera National Park Access

28th October 2014
The recent settlement between the Crown and Tūhoe has resulted in a new framework for managing land that was previously known as Te Urewera National Park.

PRESS RELEASE: Whitetail Deer Under Threat

“The Game Animal Council, local hunters and landowners are concerned at a perceived decline in the number of Whitetail deer in the Glenorchy herd at the head of Lake Wakatipu” said Don Hammond Chairman of the Game Animal Council.

The Glenorchy herd of Whitetail deer is the only population outside of Stewart Island and is nationally significant in terms of its trophy value. The deer are confined basically to the Dart and Rees river catchments on both public and Private land.

Fiordland Wapiti Foundation win’s Environment Award

At the 2014 Environment Southland Environmental awards evening held in Invercargill on the 31st of July The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation won the Achievers Award sponsored by Real Journeys. The award was acknowledgment for the hard work the Foundation and hunters have done in the Wapiti area of the Fiordland National park.