Aerially assisted trophy hunting (heli-hunting)
Aerially assisted trophy hunting (AATH) - or heli-hunting as it is sometimes known – involves flying recreational hunters and their guides into high country areas by helicopter in search of trophy animals. When an animal is found, the helicopter lands and the client and guide disembark to shoot their trophy on the ground.
The animals most frequently hunted are introduced Himalayan tahr and Austrian chamois.
2014 AATH concessions
In December 2013, the department, in association with the Minister of Conservation, approved a new round of AATH concessions for a term of five years. These concessions become operative on 10 February 2014 and expire on 9 February 2019. They cover the same land areas and access dates as was available for AATH in 2012 and 2013.
In association with the decision to approve these new concessions, the Game Animal Council, (an independent statutory body to better manage recreational and commercial hunting) will be tasked with developing a code of practice for AATH activity over public conservation land. The Minister has requested this code of practice be completed by the end of 2014 and for it to be a binding condition of all AATH concession permits.
2012 location maps
These are large files and may take some time to download.
2012 AATH trophy kill locations
2012 AATH cull locations
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