It couldn't be easier to get out into nature and enjoy our wild places and the thrill of game bird hunting.

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Buying your licence

Your licence is a permit to hunt game birds in line with the regulations governing the Fish & Game New Zealand region you're hunting in.

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Getting your gear sorted

Know the game, know the gun - different game and different hunting styles require different arms and ammunition.

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'How to' Hunt

Here we share general hunting advice plus tips to help you with your shooting aim.

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Our New Zealand game bird species

New Zealand is home to a range of game birds, each with their own particular characteristics and preferences.

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Hunter National Training Scheme

Finding it difficult to get started in hunting?

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GAC Better Hunting hunter education programme

Hunt safely and successfully by completing our online hunter education courses.

Hunting encourages a variety of activities and the development of values that are important to New Zealanders. Hunters are responsible for the protection and development of wildlife habitats, they monitor and advocate for the environment, and lead hunting, outdoor and safety programmes.

Hunting also develops positive traits such as responsibility, confidence, cooperation, discipline and patience - and helps builds community and family relationships.

In this section, and alongside our “Introduction to Duck Hunting” DVD, we introduce you to basic techniques and methods to get you started in a pastime that may become a lifelong passion.

We wish you good hunting, and ask that you practice ethical behaviour and good sportsmanship at all times.

To find out the latest licence information, including prices, please click here.