Hunters oppose DOC regulation plans
Sat, 12 Jun 2010 6:17p.m.
By Hamish Clark
Kiwi hunters are upset with the Department of Conservation’s plan to allow heli-hunting on public land.
DOC wants to regulate heli-hunting operators and charge a trophy fee.
“The department’s view is it is not giving a free pass to heli-hunters,” says DOC spokesman Mike Cuddihy.
“We believe it is a valid recreational activity that should be catered for and is a valuable tourism activity.”
But some deer stalkers, like Shaun Moloney, are opposed to the practices.
“The heli-hunters that actually use the helicopters to herd or chase the animals, its basically cheque book hunting – they guarantee you an animal.”
DOC plans to close a loop hole that has allowed chopper pilots and guides to hunt for free, instead using permits and charging fees for heli-hunting over public land.
Blair Chapman of Mt Hutt Helicopters says overseas hunters lack the experience of local hunters.
“New Zealand hunters are the hardcore hunters – they understand the hills, they understand how steep it is. [Foreign hunters] don’t understand our terrain and they are on a short timetable,” Mr Chapman says.
“There is ample opportunity if you want to shoot out of helicopters, do it on private land. They can still do what they want, but stay off the public land of New Zealand – that’s what we want,” says Mr Moloney.
Both heli-hunters and traditional hunters will be competing for the same wild animals on the same public conservation land.
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20/11/2010 9:24:57 a.m.
Michele Riva wrote:
Trophies have to earned with the sweat.
23/06/2010 7:46:30 a.m.
ben taylor wrote:
Its a disgrace to allow so called hunting from a helicopter to continue in NZ. The Alps are not a theme park,its unethical,immoral and reeks of greed.
17/06/2010 10:16:04 p.m.
Politicians take note where you get your votes from. DOC you are only caretakers of the land for future generations and sadly you are not achieveing this in this ocassion or that of agreeing to drop 1080 poison with the AHB. Listen to the people who you manage the land for and stop looking at the dollar signs.
17/06/2010 8:21:27 p.m.
Kiri Klein wrote:
if you are going to allow a trophy fee for heli hunting to be charged make it an economical amount,say 10k a bull toward administering the trophy managment of Thar in thier home ranges.for every 100 bulls harvested by Foreign clients we would have $1 million dollars toward managing a trophy Thar herd in conjunction with managing the habitat health within the beutiful enviroment they thrive.It's a discrace to use the word hunting in the term heli hunting.Economics show DOC are unable to Trophy manage thar in the southern alps.Introduce profetional Trophy managment.
17/06/2010 5:30:58 p.m.
hacked off wrote:
This is not hunting, and to fire into a cave at an animal you cannot see stupid, so much for identifiy your target, cowboys pitty the bullet did not hit a bit of rock and then nick the hunter for being so stupid, you be the judge..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vxr2EAZ5Og
17/06/2010 2:52:35 p.m.
NO to heli hunting
16/06/2010 1:35:32 p.m.
R Rowley wrote:
DOC should remember this is PUBLIC land not theirs to use as they like,"HeliHunting" is banned in countries from where the "Guide" says these "hunters" come from. Nowhere else is this method of trophy hunting is recognised.There are reports of these Heli operaters chasing animals to exhaustion for the client to shoot whith little effort,even worse is the barbaric practice of deliberately wounding the animal with buckshot from the helicopter to slow the animal down so the client can kill it even easier.Helihunting is on par with bullfighting and dogfighting and the NZ public should not stand for it, and the public should demand that the Minister of Conservation reins her Department in.If this animal cruelty is allowed to continue then heads should roll!
16/06/2010 12:39:45 p.m.
kiwi Bloke wrote:
Hey Mr Mike Cuddihy maybee we can put a price on our natives too like the kea,weka, but charge the big bucks for a kiwi, after all rape an pillage is what its all about oh and the dollar of course lets face it if the overseas hunters dont kill them you will with the 1080 or the hell hunting
15/06/2010 10:36:01 p.m.
heli hunters should be locked up
15/06/2010 7:44:07 p.m.
Bill Davis wrote:
I think that DoC really need to look hard at who funds their activities and who they are supposed to benifit from those funds, certainly not the visitors to this beautiful land regardless of what they want to do here and how much they might pay to do it. This country and it's resources belongs first to New Zealanders who have sweated to make it the standout country it has become and it would behove our Govt Dpartments especially DoC to remember that before they decide to hock off parts of it to well healed O/seas individuals. Tahr, Chamois and Deer as a resourse belong to New Zealanders first and last, pest or not and DoC would do well to remember this and drop heli-hunting altogether. It is clearly not wanted by us nor by the majority of ethical hunters after all we live in a democracy where a majority decides over a minority, RIGHT???BAN Heli-hunting
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