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Big Game Hunting Council Established

Jan 05, 2009

Great News. Yeha! It has just been annouced that a Big Game Hunting Council will be established in New Zealand. This Council, consisting of 5 well respected hunting identities, is owned by its hunting organisations' membership, is self-funded, and has as its function: hunting advocacy, hunting encouragement, hunting co-ordination, hunting standards, codes of practice and big game research.

It will have a budget not exceeding $200,000 for a period of not more than two years in order to establish the BGHC. The species focused on to enhance their present precarious status are deer, chamois, tahr and wild pigs. I'll have more specifics for a complete report in The Hunting Report.

Anyone who purchased and read our New Zealand Country Report is familiar with the lack of overall game and hunting management on New Zealand's public lands and the challenges faced by hunters and the hunting industry, thanks to the government's policies. A Big Game Hunting Council is an excellent step in the right direction for wild game and hunting in New Zealand. Stay tuned for further developments.

Cheers, Greg Morton, New Zealand Correspondent


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