DOC game bird permits easier
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.’’