New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Bay of Plenty Branch

Our mission statement is to retain, enhance and create opportunities for the enjoyment of legitimate recreational hunting and the sport of shooting, for the members of the Association. Founded in 1950, the Bay of Plenty NZDA is a branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association.

Hunter Training Course

2017 course starts 24th July 

The HUNTS program covers the knowledge and skills to operate safely as a hunter in the New Zealand outdoors and teaches the ethics of fair chase and the principles of managing a sustainable game resource.  The course is designed for new hunters who are aged 16 yrs or over, but younger hunters are welcome with guardian approval. A firearms licence is preferred but not mandatory

The course is delivered over 7 nights of theory and 4 weekends in the field including a 1 on 1 weekend trip with an experienced hunter. The core modules cover the following topics:

  • Equipment and clothing
  • Bush travel and navigation
  • River safety
  • Game animal species and hunting techniques
  • Firearms safety in a hunting context
  • Care of meat and trophy
  • Preparing for when “things go wrong”
  • Range shooting and setting up a hunting firearm

Interested?… contact Keith Theobald on 027 693 5445  keiththeobald.xtra.co.nz


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Firearms Safety and Licensing

The NZ Police are responsible for issuing firearms licences.  The NZ Mountain Safety Council delivers the Firearms Safety program nationally under contract with NZ Police. The Tauranga branch of the NZ Mountain Safety Council provides Firearms Safety courses on the first and third Thursdays of each month (starting from 19 Jan 2017). These courses are held at the NZDA BOP Branch clubrooms at Tauriko.

The local Mountain Safety Council contact is:

Mike Myerskay
MOB: 021757605
Email: midimk@hotmail.co.nz