DOC game bird per­mits eas­ier

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Get­ting a per­mit for the sea­son will be eas­ier this year for game bird hun­ters in the Waikato re­gion.

Hun­ters will be able to pick up a Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion game bird hunt­ing per­mit when they pur­chase a Fish and Game hunt­ing li­cence.

For the last few years game bird hun­ters have had to re­quest a per­mit and then wait for it to be posted.

This year, with the sup­port of re­tail­ers and Fish and Game, DOC per­mits will be avail­able at the same points of sale as Fish and Game li­cences.

The DOC per­mit will re­main free of charge. Hun­ters can sim­ply fill in the spa­ces on preprinted per­mits at a range of out­lets and leave with the per­mits in their pock­ets.

‘‘It’s a more ef­fi­cient and user-friendly process, mak­ing it eas­ier for game bird hun­ters,’’ DOC Waikato part­ner­ships ranger Wayne Green said. ‘‘Th­ese per­mits are a re­quire­ment to hunt on spec­i­fied public con­ser­va­tion land, along with your Fish & Game li­cence.’’

The DOC per­mit al­lows hun­ters to be in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and to have a gun dog at heel in and around cer­tain wa­ter­ways and re­serves.

‘‘Per­mits will be in stores and at the F&G of­fice in Brymer Rd, Hamil­ton from the be­gin­ning of May,’’ Green said.

‘‘We have been look­ing at an on-line op­tion but that will need testing and tri­alling be­fore any in­tro­duc­tion.

‘‘This ready-to-go per­mit is the first step in mak­ing this process eas­ier for ev­ery­one.’’

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