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HUNTING

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GENERAL INFORMATION

HuntingTo hunt wild animals on public conservation land in Canterbury and the West Coast, you will require a permit from the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Note: Arthur's Pass National Park straddles the Main Divide and you will need to apply for a permit in both Canterbury and the Hoitika region of the West Coast!

View the Canterbury hunting permit map (PDF 4.33MB) (opens in new window)

View the Hokitika hunting permit map (633KB) (opens in new window)

To apply for a hunting permit online Click Here to start...

Permits are also available from the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre (Open 8.30am - 4.30pm daily) or Waimakariri Area Office (Ph 03 313 0820 - Rangiora Open 8.30am to 4.30pm week days only). Please have your Firearms Licence with you!

IMPORTANT: NO HUNTING IS PERMITTED ON THE FRONT-FACES (HIGHWAY / SKI-FIELD SIDE) IN THE CRAIGIEBURN FOREST PARK!

GENERAL PERMIT CONDITIONS

  • All hunters must have a current Firearms Licence and follow the Arms Code!
  • All hunters need to have a current permit from DOC to hunt on conservation estate, and carry it with you at all times whilst hunting.
  • Permits only allow for ground based non-commercial hunting of deer, pigs, goats, wallabies, chamois or tahr within the timeframe specified as "permit validity period" unless otherwise stated in the Special Conditions.
  • Permits do not entitle the holder to enter any area held under lease or where access is restricted by DOC. For details about land held under lease or restricted areas, contact the nearest DOC office.
  • Permits do not confer a right of access over any private land except by way of defined legal roads or rights of way. Permission to cross any private land must be obtained from the owner.
  • Permits do not confer the right to take vehicles or dogs onto public conservation land, unless otherwise stated in the special conditions of that permit.
  • Only centre fire rifles of calibre .222 Remington or larger may be used for hunting, or crossbows and bows that meet the minimum standard specified by DOC (Click Here for information). Shotguns, rimfire rifles, and .22 hornet are excluded.
  • No firearm is to be discharged in the vicinity of huts, tracks, campsites, roadends or any other public place in a manner that endangers property or endangers, frightens or annoys members of the public. No firearm shall be discharged or loaded within 500 metres of a Great Walk hut.
  • Absolutely no spotlighting. Hunting wild animals during the hours of darkness (½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise) is prohibited.
  • Carcasses and offal must not be left near or in visitor facilities (tracks, huts etc) or waterways.
  • Breach of any of the standard or special conditions renders this permit null and void and may result in prosecution.
  • DOC and other regional authorities lay pesticides to control some introduced animals, this can directly effect where and when you can hunt. Click Here to view the latest Pesticide Summaries for the area you are hunting in.

HUNTING IN ARTHUR'S PASS NATIONAL PARK

RED DEER

Day or weekend trips with easy track access

  • Deception River, Mingha River
  • Edwards River
  • Hawdon River
  • Bealey Spur

Day or weekend trips in untracked valleys for experienced hunters

  • Kellys Creek, Barrack Creek
  • Waimakariri Catchment, Jordan Stream, Anti Crow River, Greenlaw Creek
  • Taramakau River (southern bank)

Longer trips

  • Upper Poulter, Thompson Stream
  • Taipo
  • Waimakariri Headwaters
  • Avoca Area

Red Deer

CHAMOIS

Track Access

  • Kelly Range
  • Woolshed Hill
  • Taramakau River (southern bank)

Difficult access for experienced Hunters

  • Mt Barron, Barrack Creek, Goat Hill, Taramakau Tops
  • Poulter tops around Minchin Pass
  • Cox, East branch of the Poulter

Chamois

HIMALAYAN TAHR

Track Access

  • Browning Pass
  • Cronin Stream / Whitehorn Pass
  • Harman Pass

Difficult access for experienced Hunters

  • Main Range tops south of Whitehorn Pass

Himalayan Tahr

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