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Hunting FAQ

Our Hunting FAQs cover the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions about game bird hunting in New Zealand. The questions are split into useful topics so it should be easy to find what you are looking for.

If you can't find what you are looking for or for more information on any topic, please contact your local Fish & Game office or the New Zealand Council on (04) 499 4767 or by email.

Reporting a bird band

If you have a banded bird in your bag, please report it by writing, emailing or ringing the National Banding Office (details here) or complete an online band reporting form available through the link below.
Bands allow researchers and conservation managers to study the life cycle (births, deaths, age of breeding), habits such as bird behaviour, breeding activities and what they eat, and also the movements of birds.  Each metal band carries its own unique prefix and number.
The Online Form for Game Birds can be found here. Use this form if you have a band from a game bird. Game birds include: mallard, grey and paradise ducks, black swan, pukeko, pheasant, and quail.

Hawk status changed

The 2012 Wildlife (Australasian Harrier) Notice still allows landowners to take necessary steps to protect their domestic animals and/or domestic birds from hawks, however, there are some important changes - the new law means you can take the necessary measures to protect your domestic birds. Read the full article here

The Grey Teal - To be a game bird or not to be a game bird?

The fight to have the grey teal given game bird status continues, though after 40 years are we any closer to a resolution? Read the full article here.

Lead poisoning in game birds

Game birds ingest grit to aid the physical breakdown and digestion of the food they eat. If lead shot is available, they may ingest that too. Read the full facts sheet here.

Other FAQs

Non Toxic Shot Regulations
Hunting Licences
General Licence FAQs
Pegging & Marking Up
Fish & Game New Zealand
Game Bird Hunting