The role of the hunter in Fiordland National Park is somewhat vital, as this provides the only means of keeping the game animal population down.
As a result, the New Zealand Government encourages safe hunting in New Zealand.
The abundant game animals that are found in Fiordland National Park were introduced by the first settlers that came to Fiordland over a century ago. Unfortunately, without their natural predators the population of these game animals rapidly increased, threatening the balance between the park’s natural environment and these introduced game animals.
Type of Game
Big Game: Red Deer, Wapiti, Fallow Deer, Whitetail Deer, Wild Pig, Wild Sheep, Wild Goat, Chamois, Thar.
Small Game: Rabbits, Hares, Possums, Wallaby.
Wild Fowl Hunting when in season - opens 1st Saturday in May, closes mid July.
If you are not familiar with hunting, or hunting in Fiordland specifically, the best way to get started is to hire a guide. Fiordland’s forests and mountains are physically demanding, the high country weather unpredictable, and local knowledge is essential for a successful hunt. Most guides will provide all necessary equipment and will know where the best places for hunting are.
It is recommended that hunters use rifles of .270 minimum calibre. Ammunition is readily available for all common caliber’s and all professional guides will provide suitable firearms and ammunition.
What to Bring
Most guided hunting operators provide all the necessary equipment for a hunt, however there is some equipment you must bring.
Equipment or arrangements normally provided by your hunting operator
All hunting and camping equipment (includes rifles) All food while on the hunt. Documentation for bringing firearms into New Zealand. Department of Conservation hunting permits. Arrangements can be made for the hire of any items that are required, base camp or cabin accommodation while on the hunt, packaging and documentation for the shipping of trophies.
Equipment you should bring yourself
Personal clothing, sleeping bag, footwear, packs, etc.
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