Hunting license proposed.

Hunting license proposed.
It has been proposed by DoC and the associate Minister Peter Dunne in conjunction with the Game Animal Council to make hunters pay for wild animal management in NZ. Doc and the Game Animal Council are proposing that funding come from recreational hunters and the only way that can happen is by way of a hunting license. When the GAC was first proposed it was pretty much agreed to by hunters at large based on the fact that it would be funded by the export of trophies by overseas hunters. They are now saying that hunters in general will have to front some of the $1.6million a year budget. Treasury is saying that the users should contribute and DoC and the GAC have agreed to look at “other funding proposals”. What this means is a hunting license for all wild animals such as deer, pigs, Thar and so on. The NZDA seem to be in approval as they chair the committee that has proposed it so I don’t think hunters can look to them to lead the way on this. To me this is one of our principal freedoms as a New Zealander to go hunting and feed our families. To actually have to buy a licensee and start being controlled by a host of rules is just not our KIWI WAY. Go to and sign up now. The party is very close to having the 500 required to register the for the coming elections so don’t wait until it is too late…

If you are not happy about this then you need to get your support behind the New NZ Outdoors Party so that it can be shut down NOW at a political level. This being an election year we need to show the politicians that we are a united force politically.

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Alan Simmons

Alan Simmons

President & Co-Leader Alan has dedicated a lifetime of involvement in outdoors political issues. He’s sat on a number of national body executives, boards, NGO and management groups, including the NZ Professional Hunting Guides Association, Electricorp Environmental Management Board, NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers and the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association. Many will know him through his website, the hugely popular New Zealand FishnHunt forum.

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