Hunter National Training Scheme

The Upper Clutha Branch of NZDA are passionate about providing quality hunter training and regularly conduct the HUNTS training courses.

HUNTS COURSE - SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 

COURSE OUTLINE TRAINING PROGRAMME 

VenueWanaka Fire Station Social Room .........................................................................................................................................................
VenueWanaka Fire Station Social Room, Ballantyne Road 


NZ DEERSTALKERS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED UPPER CLUTHA BRANCH

Interested in taking up hunting????

A new hunter training course is being offered – in September/October 2017

The Upper Clutha Branch of the NZ Deerstalkers Association, in conjunction with the National organisation, is offering its eighth 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 17 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 new 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 (03) 443 5506 or murray.burns@xtra.co.nz to reserve a place.

Please confirm your interest by 30 June 2017. 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.

Wanaka



HUNTS COURSE – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 COURSE OUTLINE TRAINING PROGRAMME

DATE/TIME ACTIVITY/SUBJECT

Sunday 17 September Introduction and familiarisation day at Farm Creek Range. 

Meet and greet the tutors and trainees, distribute training materials, sight in your rifle with a little target practise.

Coordinator/s and all Instructors to be present.

Commences at 1pm at the Range

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Tuesday 19 September Ethics and Ecology (Chapter 2 & 12) – 

Enrolment, course introduction and view HUNTS DVD, discuss code of conduct, ethics, behaviour, hunting permits. rules of fair chase and River Crossing Theory/Practical and DVD

Presenters Coordinator/s, Tony Higgins and Peter Walker Commences 7.30pm

VenueWanaka Fire Station Social Room, Ballantyne Road. Note: NZDA meeting 21 September .......................................................................................................................................................


Wednesday 27 September First Aid and Survival (Chapter 11) – 

patient management, assessment of shock and injury, cuts, sprains and dislocations. Survival equipment, firelighting, overdue and lost, SAR.( Chapter 10)

Presenters Coordinator/s and Brent Arthur Commences 7.30pm.

Venue Wanaka Fire Station Social Room, Ballantyne Road

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Thursday 28 September Firearms Safety/Selection/Marksmanship (Chapters 6 & 7) – 

Safety rules, cause of accidents, choosing a firearm, types, sights, care and cleaning, practise and positions. Instructors will present and demonstrate their preferred rifle of choice.

Presenters Coordinators, Martin Thompson and Peter Walker. Commences 7.3opm Hunting and Shooting Techniques ( Chapter 8) Deer behaviour, where to find them, stalking, bullet placement, wounded game, roaring techniques, movement, sound and colour

Presenters Coordinator, Tony Higgins, Martin Thompson and Peter Walker Venue Wanaka Fire Station Social Room, Ballantyne Road

Saturday 30 September or Sunday 1 October (Weather dependent) Marksmanship/Range (Chapters 6 & 7) 

A morning at the range, firing rimfire and centrefire, loading and unloading, field shooting positions, zeroing and target shooting. In the afternoon we adjourn to the Hawea River for a river crossing exercise - theory and practical. See part Chapter 4. Please note you will be required to provide your own lunch, flask etc. You will get wet and cold!

Presenters Coordinator/s, Martin Thompson, Peter Walker and a Range Officer. Commences 9am River Crossing follows in afternoon

Venue Farm Creek Rifle Range and Hawea River .......................................................................................................................................................


Wednesday 4 October Travel and Navigation (Chapter 4)- 

travelling techniques, game trails, navigation, maps etc

Presenters Coordinator, Tony Higgins, Roger Brash and Martin Roberts. Commences 7.30pm Venue Wanaka Fire Station Social Room, Ballantyne Road Note: NZDA Committee 5 October ...............................................................................................................................................................


Saturday 7 October Bushcraft, Survival and Navigation.( Chapters 4 & 10) – 

a practical session will be held at Glen Dene Station to demonstrate camp establishment, survival techniques, knife sharpening, wild game spotting etc, practical elements of compass and GPS use. A barbecue lunch will be provided. The Club has tents available – you’ll have to put them up and establish your camp.

Presenters Coordinator/s, Martin Roberts and Roger Brash. Commences 9 am a full day exercise at Glen Dene Station

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Tuesday 10 October Equipment and Food (Chapter 31) – 

boots, clothes, packs, knives, binoculars, sleeping bags, cookers and food.

Presenters Coordinator, Rob Cram and Martin Roberts commences 7.30pm


Thursday 12 October Game Animal Species, Trip Planning and Risk Management ( Chapter 5) – 

the animals we hunt, Douglas Scoring, planning a trip and minimising risk. Bring your packs and equipment for checking. A risk management plan will be presented.

Presenters Coordinator/s, Dan Orbell and Martin Thompson

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Fri, Sat & Sun 13, 14 and 15 October Field Trip – 

a weekend hunt at Glen Dene Station, courtesy of Richard Burdon, hiking, camping and cooking under canvas and hunting. Commencing Friday evening setting up camp, two nights in the bush with a day hunt and instruction on Sunday (Chapter 9 ) Meat, Skin and Trophies trophy preparation, head skins, meat care, field dressing, skinning, boning, carrying and preserving.

Course Review and Evaluation.

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Thursday 16 November Course End, 

Certificate Presentation and Club Branch Meeting the monthly Branch Meeting, general business and a guest speaker followed by the Course wrap-up, review and presentation of Certificates. Commences 7.30pm at Albert Town Tavern

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