The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Kaimanawa Forest Park Conservation Management Plan provides for just six designated helicopter landing sites, often associated with huts. This can restrict recreational hunting effort in more isolated parts of the Park. In recognition of this restriction, the Plan also provides for helicopter landings at additional sites for ‘management purposes’, including recreational hunter access where this is deemed desirable and where hunting can be coordinated.
Recreational hunting interests, including the NZDA, Hunters & Habitats Inc and Sika Foundation, have been working with DOC to identify strategic helicopter landing sites within Kaimanawa Forest Park, to allow for additional recreational hunter effort in more isolated catchments, on the basis that these are used for “Management Hunts”.
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Summaries of Kaimanawa Forest Park Organised Hunts
The Department of Conservation has allowed recreational hunting interests, including the NZDA, Hunters & Habitats Inc and Sika Foundation, to identify and access increasing numbers of strategic helicopter landing sites within Kaimanawa Forest Park, to allow for additional recreational hunter effort in more isolated catchments, on the basis that these are used for “Management Hunts”.
As these hunts have become more popular, additional helipads have also been accessed in nearby Kaweka Forest Park to help satisfy the increasing demand. The attached data summarises 3,780 hrs of sika hunting during seven such organised hunts from Nov 2016 to June 2018. These data show the hunts are being effective at targeting breeding females, as well as helping educate hunters around more sustainable game management.
Organised Hunt Summary – September 2018 (PDF)
This summarises the data between November 2016 to June 2018.
Hunt Block Map & Helipad Sites
During the period 17th to 20th March 2017 total of 5 parties accessed a range of additional helicopter landing sites, on this basis. Hunters were given a briefing prior to accessing their blocks to ensure they minimised their impact; maximised their hunting success (via site specific hunting information); and to maximise data / information capture from their hunting effort.