Formed in 1937, the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association is New Zealand’s recognised National body representing and speaking for hunters generally.

The fundamental aim of the association is to ensure that the organisation and management of recreational hunting in New Zealand is carried out by hunters.

Our Mission Statement

“To retain, enhance and create opportunities for the enjoyment of legitimate recreational hunting and the sport of shooting, for the members of the Association”

The Principle Activities of the Association

  • Advocacy on behalf of New Zealand’s hunters and shooters
  • The promotion of hunting as a legitimate recreational pursuit
  • The promotion of running target, scoped rifle, & benchrest shooting
  • The promotion of sensible, effective, legislation on firearms ownership
  • The publication a quarterly magazine, New Zealand Hunting & Wildlife
  • The promotion of effective hunter education through the HUNTS programme
  • The collection of data, and publication of the New Zealand Big Game Trophy Record Book
  • The organisation of National Competitions for:
    • Antler, Horn & Tusk Trophies
    • Photography
    • Range Shooting
    • Literary & Research Contributions
    • “Young Deerstalker of the Year”
    • Branch administration

The Organisation

The Association is divided into 51 local branches, each serving a geographical area of New Zealand. All members are affiliated through a branch. Most branches:

  • Hold regular meetings
  • Publish a newsletter
  • Operate a rifle range
  • Have annual competitions for Photography and Game Trophies.
  • Organise hunting trips
  • Conduct training in bushcraft and hunting techniques
  • Participate in their local Search & Rescue organisation

A Headquarters Branch is also available for any person who is unable to, or does not wish to, belong to a local branch.

The Association holds a Conference annually, in the first week of July, which serves as its Annual General Meeting. At the Conference, a National Executive is elected to administer the affairs of the Association.