Info about hunting at Level 3 Alert
Hunting on public conservation land is still not allowed when NZ moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from 11.59pm 27 April.
However hunting on private land with the landowner’s permission will be allowed under Alert Level 3, so long as hunters stay local and stick to their bubble. This is not the time to take up hunting as a new hobby. Use your common sense – stay local, stay safe.
No hunting permits for hunting on public conservation land are being issued until further notice.
Police have the discretion to warn or arrest people deliberately flouting the restrictions.
There will be no duck hunting under Alert Level 3. The game bird season will open on the second Saturday after New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2, except if that date falls on May 30. The season will also end later.
Hunting blocks assigned to hunters as part of the 2020 deer roar ballots have been cancelled.
Hunting on public conservation land is not allowed during the upcoming tahr rut, while New Zealand is at Alert Level 3 or Level 4. Hunters can hunt tahr on private land with the landowners permission. As the tahr rut takes place over winter, the 2020 tahr ballots are currently under review. We will contact ballot holders with more information in due course.
Hunting on public conservation land will not be allowed until New Zealand returns to Alert Level 2.
For further information, visit the DOC website here.