The hunt is officially underway in New Zealand’s north-west.
The Department of Conservation and Conservation Management (DOC) has declared the year of the hunter and the hunt season is now officially underway.
A spokesperson said: “The Department is committed to hunting for the species that we all love and care about.
We will be hunting in a balanced manner to ensure the best hunting experience for hunters and the public alike.
We expect to see great hunting opportunities in the coming months and years.”
The government will be announcing the dates and locations of hunting in March and April, but no dates yet for a public hunt.
The department has been working on the hunt for more than a year.
The hunting season will run from March 11 to April 4, with hunts held in areas including Taranaki, Otago, Northland, Bay of Plenty, North Shore, Cook Islands, Tonga, and Tuam.
Hunting season datesThe hunt is scheduled to last for about two weeks.
“Our hunt is one of the most important and diverse in New Zealand, and is one that the Department of Tourism, Conservation and Recreation (DOC), the New Zealand Hunters’ Federation and other stakeholders all need to be working hard to achieve,” the spokesperson said.
“This year we are expecting to see a great hunt and some fantastic opportunities.”
New Zealand is currently the only country in the world to legally hunt black bears and brown bears.
The hunt was introduced to New Zealand by the then prime minister Sir Anthony Eden, who introduced a law to regulate hunting in the 1990s.
“New Zealand has become a leader in hunting in New Guinea, and it’s time we took the lead on that and moved towards regulating our hunt,” said the DOC spokesperson.
“There is a clear need for a robust hunting industry here in New England and we want to see hunters who have the skills, experience and commitment to do what is right for New Zealand.”