Recreational Hunting Review to Improve Safety

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was looking forward to the commissioning of a review into recreational hunting.

“I believe it’s important that this review is undertaken in a move to improve safety for both hunters and members of the public around the Otago region.

“A recent incident, at Bannockburn, where a stray bullet hit a caravan is yet another example how recreational hunting can go wrong.

“While I have nothing against the sport I think the recent spate of serious incidents, including this near-miss in Bannockburn, are a good indication that recreational hunting safety may need to be looked at.

Mrs Dean welcomed Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne commissioning a review into recreational hunter safety and the issue of illegal hunting.

“While the terms of reference are still being finalised, the review will require the input from a number of key stakeholders including, but not limited to, DOC, NZ Police, Game Animal Council, NZ Deerstalkers, Fish and Game, Federated Farmers and the Mountain Safety Council.”

In the meantime, Mrs Dean reminded hunters that it was their responsibility to be versed in the law around the use of firearms and to apply the seven basic rules of firearms safety at all time."

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru