Nelson Branch Hunting

Nelson Branch organises branch hunting and activities throughout the year.

Current opportunities include:

  1. National Goat hunting competition details found HERE
  2. Nelson Lakes National Park HERE
  3. Private land hunting 20mins from Brightwater

  4. Wilderness hunting events

Go to Photos to see what members have been up to

Where To Go Hunting

Nelson/Tasman and the nearby areas of Marlborough, Northern West Coast and Canterbury hold Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Chamois, Goats, Pigs and the odd Tahr in some of the most beautiful mountain ranges and native bush filled valleys in New Zealand.

With huge areas of public land there is a lifetime of hunting available for all. The areas where you can hunt on public land are shown on the DOC map by selecting "Hunting areas" under the "DOC features" tab.

DOC Hunting Map Viewer

DOC also provide a recreation activity finder in their website which include hunting. This provides a searchable function for species, dogs allowed, area etc. There is a wealth of knowledge here including what animals you are likely to find, huts and access points.



Ballots are operated for the best hunting that NZ has to offer over popular mating periods. We have compiled a list below to get you started.
Click the Ballot name below to take you to the websites:
Haast Roar          Closed
Tahr Ballot           Closed
Wapiti Ballot        Closed
Greenstone         Open 1st Nov - 30th Nov
Wanaka Roar      Closed
Catlins Roar        Open until 30th November
Waianakarua Roar Open 1st Oct - 20th Nov
Waikaia Roar       Closed
Go to front page of DOC and click HUNTING use search tool to find the particular Ballot area you are after.

Remember to follow firearm rules and have the valid permits required to hunt on public land.