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There are many places to hunt in New Zealand, and hunters can make use of huts and tracks managed by DOC to access remote hunting areas. When hunting follow the arms code and also make sure you do not impact upon the environment.

The Department of Conservation provides hunting permits for people wanting to hunt on public conservation land. This way hunters are informed of any pest control operations happening in the area they are hunting and the department can keep track of how many people are hunting in each area for safety reasons. For all licensing issues please contact you nearest police station.

The Firearms Safety Code:


Treat every firearm as loaded. Check every firearm yourself. Pass or accept only an open or unloaded firearm.


Always point firearms in a safe direction. Loaded or unloaded, always point the muzzle in a safe direction.


Load a firearm only when ready to fire. Load only the magazine after you reach your shooting area. Load the chamber only when ready to shoot. Completely unload before leaving the shooting area.


Identify your target beyond all doubt. Movement, colour, sound and shape can all deceive you. Assume colour, shape, sound, and shape to be human until proven otherwise.


Check your firing zone. THINK: what may happen if you miss your target? What might you hit between you and the target or beyond? Do not fire if others are in your firing zone.


Store firearms and ammunition safely. When not in use, lock away the bolt, firearm and ammunition separately. Never leave firearms in a vehicle that is unattended.


Avoid alcohol and other drugs when handling firearms. Good judgement is the key to safe use of firearms.



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