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Issue 65 - Jun/Jul 2018

Another roar has been and gone and what a shocking autumn it has been weather wise on the West Coast or anywhere near the main divide of the South Island. Continual disturbed Westerly weather systems with severe gale force winds and torrential rain. I have heard of more tents wrecked this year than ever before. The North Island fared a little better at times, but it was still a wet and windy April up there as well. The Wapiti bugle started the run of bad weather with comparatively few huntable days. The only upside should have been the saving of some promising 3 to 6 year old bulls. Unfortunately, there was still a disappointing number shot particularly in the central Wapiti area. Following on from the debacle of what happened in January this year with some Aussie hunters in particular shooting several young 12+ pointers (in some cases aided and abetted by Kiwi hunters) , again it was Aussies who were noticeably some of the worst culprits this bugle (the Kiwi hunters may just have hidden their indiscretions better!) I’m hearing the same old excuses, “I won’t shoot another one now unless it’s a real big trophy” etc etc, but the result is the same – the herd is losing the very animals essential for its survival. Thankfully the FWF has announced its closing the blocks in December now to stop the damage occurring pre bugle, but there’s still a significant percentage of bugle hunters who need to grow up and appreciate the Wapiti hunting experience for what it is. They need to realise you are going there to experience Fiordland Wapiti hunting and most likely will not fire a shot unless you are prepared to take home a mature trophy of less than 12 points. There are plenty of those compared with very few of 12 points plus.

You’ll see in the GAC update on page 90 that the GAC is in a position to employ staff this year to actually achieve the important work we need them to be getting on with – like the WARO review. However, there is still no certainty about its long term funding. If the government was to provide funding then they would call the shots. If we recreational hunter’s want to have a real say in how our game animal resources are managed, then we need to grow up and fund the GAC as our organisation. User pays, user says - plain and simple. Since my last editorial and Willie’s comments on the TV Show, many of you have contacted us wanting to know how you can contribute to the likes of the WARO review which is fantastic to see. Currently there are no avenues by which recreational hunters can contribute, and that is the challenge, coming up with a widely accepted system by which we can take ownership of our own resources.

The way I see it there are a limited number of options for us to contribute. Many of these have been flagged previously and include, a mandatory licence fee for all big game hunting anywhere in NZ, a levy on firearms and ammunition, paying for the public land hunting permit currently administered by DoC or a mix of any of these. Obviously recreational hunters are not going to pay for permits if the money just goes into DoC’s coffers as we would have no control over what the money would be used for. The most logical path here would be for the GAC to take over the current permit system. That way the money it brought in would go to the likes of the WARO review which specifically will benefit public land hunters. Right now what we must do is start having funding discussions amongst ourselves and try and get the majority of recreational hunters on the same page so we present a united voice to the long term funding process discussions later this year. There will always be a small minority who say they refuse to pay for anything but we must just move past those individuals and come up with a system that benefits the majority. Pay nothing, get nothing – its as simple as that!

This issue we have...  

  • Tahr rut tips
  • Preparing for your mountain hunt – Part II
  • The road to Wapiti utopia
  • West Coast tahr
  • Alpine hunting tips
  • Other camera features – Matt Winter 
  • A 4x4 wishlist
  • Johnny continues the Trapping series
  • The Frisco Hut – the next in the remote huts series
  • Corey Carston makes the right call 

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