Permit conditions

Learn about some of the permit conditions that must be adhered to when hunting.

  • Permits only allow for ground based non-commercial hunting of deer, pigs, goats, wallabies, chamois or tahr within the timeframe specified as "permit validity period" unless otherwise stated in the Special Conditions.
  • Permits do not entitle the holder to enter any area held under lease or where access is restricted by DOC. For details about land held under lease or restricted areas, contact the nearest DOC office.
  • Permits do not confer a right of access over any private land except by way of defined legal roads or rights of way. Permission to cross any private land must be obtained from the owner.
  • Permits do not confer the right to take vehicles or dogs onto public conservation land, unless otherwise stated in the special conditions of that permit.
  • Only centre fire rifles of calibre .222 Remington or larger may be used for hunting, or crossbows and bows that meet the minimum standard specified by DOC. Shotguns, rimfire rifles, and .22 hornet are excluded.
  • Hunters wishing to use a firearm must abide by the conditions of the Arms Act.
  • No firearm is to be discharged in the vicinity of huts, tracks, campsites, roadends or any other public place in a manner that endangers property or endangers, frightens or annoys members of the public. No firearm shall be discharged or loaded within 500 metres of a Great Walk hut.
  • Absolutely no spotlighting. Hunting wild animals during the hours of darkness (½  hour after sunset to (½  hour before sunrise) is prohibited.
  • Permits are not transferable and must be produced on demand to any authorised person and may at any time be cancelled by public notice or by e-mail or letter.
  • Carcasses and offal must not be left near or in visitor facilities or waterways.
  • Breach of any of the standard or special conditions renders this permit null and void and may result in prosecution. 

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Successful Otago hunter, Mt. Aurum reserve. Photo: David Bridgman.
Successful Otago hunter

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