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A well earned rest after a hard day's hunting. Photo: Dave Conley.
A well earned rest after a hard day's

If you want to hunt with dogs on public conservation land (with or without a firearm), you need to get a dog permit and find out about the dog restrictions for the area.

Get a dog permit

Permits are issued from the DOC visitor centre or office nearest to the area you plan to hunt in.

Contact your local DOC visitor centre or office for more details.

Dog permits are free.

Controlling dogs and aversion training

Dogs must be kept under control and not used for hunting until well within the hunting area.

Poorly trained dogs can kill native bird species and to combat this some areas run bird aversion training which reduces the number of kiwi, weka etc killed by dogs.

Hunters are encouraged to have their dogs undergo this aversion training, and it is a requirement in some regions. Kiwi aversion training can be arranged through DOC, and if regularly reinforced, can be an effective method of training dogs to avoid kiwi and other native species.

Pest control bait

DOC and other agencies may conduct pest control operations using poison baits so before taking dogs into hunting areas check to see if the area has been treated.

See where pesticides are laid.



Find out more

Hunting permit online.

Apply online for a hunting permit or renew.



Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies