Announcements

New Game Animal Councillors

Game Animal Council chairman Don Hammond recently confirmed the appointment by Minister Sage of three new councillors. Sharon Salmons, Tim Gale and Steve McFall have all been appointed by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage to serve on the Council until November 2021 He also acknowledged the contributions of Garry Ottmann, Professor Geoff Kerr and Alec McIver, who have recently left the Council. Press Release attached below

African Swine Fever Warning

A major outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) is occurring in Europe and Asia. Many wild boar in these countries have become infected and most die.

ASF is highly contagious and infects both domestic and wild pigs. In Europe, the disease is moving back and forth between these populations making eradication difficult.

ASF is not a danger to humans or your dogs but an outbreak would be devastating for the New Zealand economy.

Pigs with ASF are slow-moving, may have diarrhoea, and often you will see blood spots on their organs when you open them up.

Arms Amendment Bill - GAC Media Statement

NZ Game Animal Council
Media Statement

2 April 2019

 

Arms Amendment Bill will not significantly impact recreational hunting

The Arms Amendment Bill announced by the Government contains provisions to allow for the continuation of recreational and commercial hunting of large game animals, according to Game Animal Council Chair Don Hammond.  

MSSA’s unnecessary for recreational hunting - GAC

NZ Game Animal Council
Media Statement

20 March 2019

 

MSSA’s unnecessary for recreational hunting

“The conversation New Zealand is now having regarding the use of military-style semi-automatic firearms (MSSA’s) is important and the Game Animal Council wishes to clarify several aspects in relation to their use for hunting game animals,” says Chair Don Hammond.  

Chatham Islands opportunity

Hotel Chatham on the Chatham Islands is promoting packages for hunters (and people passionate about fishing as well) from the mainland to come and spend few days, joining the locals for a hunt through the coming season. The Hotel would provide accommodation and meals.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

24 March 2017

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) What pig hunters and recreational hunters need to know.

A recent outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Norway has highlighted the importance of Biosecurity measures to prevent this disease reaching New Zealand. CWD does not affect pigs and there has never been a case of CWD in New Zealand but because of the cross over between deer hunters and pig hunters you need to read this.

SPCA Press Release

SPCA New Zealand: Gisborne men used dogs to torment and kill goats

Two Gisborne men who encouraged their dogs to viciously and repeatedly attack live goats, one of which had a broken leg, were sentenced today in the Gisborne District Court