New Level 3 rules for hunting announced

Some hunting on private land without using vehicles wil be allowed under Level 3.

Duck shooting opening (usually the first Saturday in May) has been delayed by 2 weeks and will also end 2 weeks later.

Level 3 rules for hunting confirmed

Hunters will be able to hunt on private land with special restrictions when New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, but not on public conservation land, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today.

“Cabinet has agreed hunting on private land will be allowed under Alert Level 3, so long as hunters stay within their region and stick to their bubble.

“Hunting is only permitted on foot and overnight trips are not allowed. The use of quad bikes, off-road bikes, helicopters and other motorised vehicles is prohibited.”

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said hunting on public conservation land is not allowed until the time when there is a decision for New Zealand return to Alert Level 2.

“The start of the duck hunting season is being postponed from Saturday 2 May to start on the second weekend after that date that is decided for when New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2.  The season will also end later,” Eugenie Sage said.

“The two-week delay to the start of the season after a decision is made to move into Level 2 was determined in consultation with the New Zealand Fish and Game Council and I want to thank them for their constructive engagement with these decisions.

“All New Zealanders will still have an opportunity to hunt ducks, at the same time, once we return to Alert Level 2.

“We’re still encouraging New Zealanders to spend time in nature where possible if it’s local, but this is not the time to take up hunting as a new hobby or explore the back country and go on an overnight tramp. Use your common sense – stay local, stay safe,” Eugenie Sage said.

More at https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/level-3-rules-hunting-confirmed

All normal hunting can resume at level 2.

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7 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd April 2020

    Can anything be more absurd than Eugenie Sage being the expert on hunting?

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    • Duker

       /  23rd April 2020

      Thats because you dont check the details
      https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/level-3-rules-hunting-confirmed
      It was released by Sport/recreation Minister Robertson and Conservation Minister Sage

      Gee and talking to the relevant sector groups , like this by Sage ..who knew

      ““The two-week delay to the start of the season after a decision is made to move into Level 2 was determined in consultation with the New Zealand Fish and Game Council and I want to thank them for their constructive engagement with these decisions.

      and its more complicated than the Minister herself being an ‘expert’
      <blockquote"The Department of Conservation (DOC) runs an annual ballot system for hunters wishing to hunt during the deer roar and tahr rut period. The ballot ensures hunters have access to an assigned hunting block."

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  23rd April 2020

        True
        Possibly Robertson being in charge of sport and recreation is more absurd.

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        • Duker

           /  23rd April 2020

          They have ministries who handle the details… remember the absurdity of Paula Bennett, the former truck stop waitress as an associate finance minister or was that because of her skills from involvement with the Napier Tattoo Club?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  23rd April 2020

            Oh dear. We’ll be back to fish and chips soon.

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            • Duker

               /  23rd April 2020

              There was also the strange situation of a Treasury analyst ( and ballet lover) who became Finance Minister but pretended he was a farmer living in Southland… even Helen Clark grew up on diary farm and could milk cows but never looked back for her career
              So weird they cover up the real background…identity politics rules mean you have to pretend you are just like the voters donors

  2. Conspiratoor

     /  26th April 2020

    Cynical politics at its worst. We’ve hammered the bastards but they appear to be a fairly well financed lobby group. Can we throw them a few crumbs?

    Reply

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