Hunter National Training Scheme



A new hunter training course is being offered – in September/October 2019

The Upper Clutha Branch of the NZ Deerstalkers Association, in conjunction with the National organisation, is offering its tenth annual introductory course in hunting that is designed to help and encourage new and potential hunters  (minimum age 16 years) into the sport.

 This course is “hands on” and is a great opportunity to gain practical skills and information from local, experienced instructors.

The course will cover the Hunter National Training Scheme (HUNTS) programme, and topics will include:

·      Hunting ethics and wildlife management

·      Equipment and clothing

·      Firearms safety and training

·      Navigation and safety, including river crossings

·      Game species – biology, habitat and behaviour

·      Hunting techniques for different species

·      What to do when things go wrong

The course involves six  mid – week evening sessions starting Sunday 15 September and includes four weekend activities – two days at the rifle range followed by a river crossing activity on the Hawea River, a camp familiarisation and training day at Glen Dene Station and a weekend hunt, courtesy of Glen Dene, after red deer and pigs. Additional time at the Range is available by arrangement and applicants with little practical firearms experience will receive extra tuition.

Cost: $275 - includes a part year NZDA membership subscription ($45) that provides access to Branch resources including a rifle range and Public Liability insurance for $10m. There may be additional expenses for the weekend activities. For an existing Branch member, the cost of enrolling in the course will be $220

Venue:  The classroom sessions will be held at the Wanaka Fire Station premises in Ballantyne Road, Wanaka. Firearms training will be held at the Branch Rifle Range at Horseshoe Bend on the Albert Town – Hawea Road.

A Firearms Licence is a prerequisite to joining the course. If you don’t have one we can offer you some assistance and guidance in how this should be obtained. Similarly, you don’t need to own a firearm to participate. We prefer that you don’t rush out and buy a rifle or other equipment at this stage. This is what the course is all about – we have basic gear that you can use and the decision to buy personal equipment should be left until the conclusion of the course when you have had the benefit of more information and advice.

A draft Course Outline and Training programme has been prepared and is attached. This will give you some idea of the extent of your involvement and commitment required. Note that it is a draft programme and may be subject to change.

If you would like to participate in the programme please contact  Murray Burns at 021 0235 6147 or  to reserve a place.

Please confirm your interest by 30 June 2019. Entries are available on a first come first served basis. Contact Murray at the above address if you would like additional information.

A maximum of 12 entries will be accepted.