Date: 14 February 2012
Hunters can still apply to fly into the Tasman Wilderness Area to hunt during this autumn’s roar deer hunting season.
Eighteen hunting parties have been allocated hunting blocks in the Kahurangi National Park wilderness area in a ballot but 21 blocks are still available and are being offered on a first-in basis. Blocks are available in the periods Thursday 29 March to Wednesday 4 April and Wednesday 4 April to Easter Monday 9 April.
Hunters can also contact DOC’s Motueka Area Office for an information pack and application form, phone +64 3 528 1810.
DOC Motueka Area Manager Martin Rodd said this opportunity for helicopter access for recreational hunting was timed for the popular roar hunting period when red deer are more vocal, and was aimed at helping to reduce damage to native vegetation from deer and other introduced animals.
‘It’s a chance in a lifetime for hunters to be able to fly into this spectacular wild terrain in the heart of Kahurangi National Park to hunt.
‘Hunting blocks in the first hunting period, from Friday 23 March to Thursday 29 March, were particularly sought after and all were allocated in the ballot. But hunters can still enjoy a wilderness area hunting trip by applying for the available blocks in the two following periods.’
The Tasman Wilderness Area, encompassing 80,000 hectares, was designated in 1988. To maintain its wild, natural characteristics, there are no huts or tracks. Aircraft landings are prohibited other than for limited purposes, including control of introduced animals and search and rescue, to enable the area to be enjoyed as a remote, wild, backcountry place for recreational activities.
Rudy Tetteroo, DOC Motueka Community Relations Programme Manager, ph: +64 3 528 1810.
Trish Grant, DOC Nelson/Marlborough communications advisor, ph: +64 3 546 3146.