SSANZ is pleased that the government has listened to the call from us and a number of shooting organisations, to allow some form of hunting to take place under Level 3 restrictions. We acknowledge the effort made by NZ First, Act, Game Animal Council, Fish & Game, and NZDA who all used their influence to change the governments’ position.

From 28 April hunting will be allowed provided the following rules are followed:

  • Only on private land, with the owners permission.
  • Only on foot, no motorised transport or helicopters.
  • No overnight hunting.
  • Stay in your local area.
  • Stay in your bubble
  • Maintain physical distance from others of 2m.

Hunting on DOC land is not permitted until we revert to level 2, this is to deter people from going into back blocks and remote areas where they may be at greater risk of injury and also be consistent with restrictions placed on trampers.

The duck hunting season will be delayed to start on the second weekend after reverting to Covid Level 2.