$150 For Your Deer Heads
OSPRI have contracted Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research to carry out a TB deer survey in the southern Kaimanawas to help determine TB freedom in this area. The survey involves helicopter shooting of deer in the area shown on the map, with most of the helicopter shooting taking place in the Remote Experience Zone (REZ) as this area doesn’t receive high hunting pressure because of the difficult access.
For more accessible survey areas outside the REZ hunters are encouraged to supply samples in order to complete the survey without the need for aerial shooting, however if Landcare do not receive enough samples from recreational hunters from the area outside of the REZ they may have to expand the helicopter shooting to the area on the true left of the Waipakihi River.
The helicopter shooting targets hinds with a few poor-quality stags removed, Landcare supply photos of any cull stags taken. Any young or potential trophy animals are left for the recreational hunter.
Landcare Research also supplies data on animal condition and breeding status, collect jaws and supply this information to the Sika Foundation for our data collection programme, a valuable tool for sound game animal management. 48% of the hinds taken in the REZ last year were barren and 68% were in average to poor condition which demonstrates the need for active game animal management in this area. Removing hinds will help reduce the number of deer in this habitat so the environment can recover to support fewer, but better conditioned animals. A win – win for positive environmental outcomes and a healthier game animal herd for recreational hunters to utilise.
Landcare Research is encouraging hunters to supply samples of the deer shot in the area by helping cover the cost of your hunt. Landcare Research will pay you $150 per sample supplied and they will do a draw for a free helicopter flight back into the area every time they reach a total of 10 deer shot by recreational hunters.
A sample involves tagging the animals, taking the head, windpipe and lungs of each animal shot, recording the GPS location and supplying a photo of the whole deer in situ. This can be handed in at the local Landcare Research representative in Taupo.
You must contact either of the two Landcare Research representatives below before you go on your hunt so you know the correct procedure for a valid sample and to receive tags.
Any sample must be from the DOC land indicated on the map. This is the third and final year of this project, so make the most of this opportunity to help out. We encourage you to get involved and show recreational hunters can be relied on to do their part.
Click here to view the fact sheet and more info on this project.
Landcare Research Taupo Rep – Aran Proud
Mobile 027 300 6309
Landcare Research Survey Coordinator – Ivor Yockney
Mobile 027 201 5279