“Sustainable management of game animals and hunting for recreation, commerce and conservation”
The appointment of the Game Animal Council is a reflection of the changing times where game animals are now seen as a valued recreation resource and hunting a valued recreational sport. With increasing pressure on our outdoor resources, it was inevitable that hunting would become more ‘regulated’ and while some hunters were reluctant to accept the changes, they are a move in the right direction.
The Game Animal Council is a statutory body established on 28 November 2013 under the Game Animal Council Act 2013.
It represents the interests of the recreational hunting sector and will improve the management of hunting resources while contributing to positive conservation outcomes.
Key functions of the council include:
- Advising and making recommendations to the Minister of Conservation on hunting issues
- Providing information and education to the sector
- Promoting safety initiatives
- Conducting game animal research
- Undertaking management functions for designated herds of special interest.
The objectives are to:
- Enhance the quality of game animal herds while remaining consistent with conservation values
- Develop positive relationships between the Game Animal Council and stakeholders
- Promote hunter safety
- Reduce conflict among stakeholders
- Improve the acceptance of hunting as a safe and legitimate activity
- Promote standards for hunting and management of game animals
Game Animal Council website: http://nzgac.org.nz