$150 For Your Deer Heads
Southern Kaimanawa Deer Survey Project
OSPRI have contracted Landcare Research to carry out a TB survey in the southern Kaimanawas to determine if TB is present in the wild deer herd in this area. The survey involves helicopter shooting of deer in the Remote Experience Zone (REZ) as this area doesn’t receive high hunting pressure because of the difficult access. However, for more accessible survey areas outside the REZ hunters are encouraged to supply samples in order to complete the survey without the need for aerial shooting.
The helicopter shooting in the REZ targets hinds with a few poor-quality stags removed, Landcare supply photos of any cull stags taken. Any young or potential trophy animals are left for the recreational hunter. Landcare Research also supply data on animal condition and breeding status, collect jaws and supply this information to the Sika Foundation for our data collection programme, a valuable tool for sound game animal management. 50% of the hinds taken in the REZ last year were barren and in poor condition which demonstrates the need for active game animal management. Removing hinds will help reduce the number of deer in this area so the environment can recover to support fewer, but better conditioned animals. A win – win for positive environmental outcomes and a healthier game animal herd for recreational hunters to utilise.
In the area surrounding the REZ Landcare Research have agreed not to aerial shoot this area as it is generally an easily accessed and popular hunting area. They are encouraging hunters to supply samples of the deer we shoot in the area and to help cover the cost of your hunt Landcare Research will pay you $150 per sample supplied and they will do a draw for a free helicopter flight back into the area every time they reach a total of 10 deer shot by recreational hunters.
A sample involves tagging the animals, taking the head, windpipe and lungs of each animal shot, recording the GPS location and supplying a photo of the whole deer in situ. This can be handed in to the local Landcare Research representative in Taupo, Aran Proud mobile 027 300 6309.
You must contact either of the two Landcare Research representatives before you go on your hunt so you know the correct procedure for a valid sample and to receive tags:
Aran Proud – ph: 027 300 6309
Ivor Yockney – ph: 027 201 5279
Any sample must be from the DOC land indicated on the map. This is the second year of this project which is planned to run for three years. We encourage you to get involved and show recreational hunters can be relied on to do their part, if all goes well Landcare Research will continue to rely on our support for the remainder of the project.