HUNTS is primarily designed for new hunters who are aged 18+ but younger hunters are welcome with guardian approval. Often we have parents and their child taking a HUNTS course together.
Trainees require a good base level of fitness sufficient to allow them carry a loaded pack cross country.
A firearms licence is preferred but not mandatory.
The HUNTS syllabus covers the knowledge and skills necessary to operate safely as a hunter in the New Zealand’s outdoors and teaches the ethics of fair chase and principles of managing a sustainable game resource.
The HUNTS course is delivered during 16 hours of theory in a classroom setting across a few evening and then followed by field days, including at least one ‘overnighter’ camping trip. The field days often include hunting opportunities for big game, if present at the chosen location of field days, which varies from Branch to Branch.
The topics covered by HUNTS are:
- Ethics, ecology and regulations
- Equipment and food
- Travel and navigation
- Game animal species in New Zealand
- Firearms use in a hunting context
- Range shooting and setting up a hunting firearm
- Hunting techniques
- Care for meat and your trophy
- Preparing for when ‘things go wrong’
How to sign up for HUNTS
Join the NZDA and use the Branch Finder to contact the nearest branch offering a HUNTS course to reserve your spot and make a booking.