LNIRDF Presidents report 2019

The Lower North Island Red Deer Foundation Inc held the AGM of the foundation last night at the Manawatu Branch NZDA club rooms in Palmerston North, last night. President Gordon George presented his report to the meeting. Highlights include

Ruahine Deer Plan; there has been much discussion between DOC, commercial and recreational interests and there is light at the end of the tunnel. The working group are seeking a sustained  management of deer that achieves deer control and recreational hunting aims.

CMS; The Lower North Island Conservation management Strategy is final and its pleasing to note that our concerns re the retention of the existing park management plan policies relating to deer control are kept in place until the production of the Ruahine Deer Plan.

WARO; the process can only be described at best, as farcical. We are awaiting the outcome from DOC. Rec hunter input was good with about 400 submissions received by the Palmerston North DOC office. Watch this space. There still may be a need to go the legal route if DOC do not honour the decision of our successful Judicial Review.

Deer repellent; a recent decision by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee that best practice for aerial 1080 operations where deer are present should include deer repellent is welcome. More efficient and less costly incorporation of repellent into 1080 baits during production is looking promising, making the wider use of deer repellent more justified.

Gordon has also been working within the Hutt Valley branch of NZDA on the latest challenge, the Firearms law.

While some progress is being made, its obvious there are still big battles ahead if we want to we want our children to have the opportunities we had, and hunters need to unite behind a well resourced lobby group.


Posted: Tue 30 Jul 2019