Hunts Course

HUNTS Course

Hunter Training.

This is a nine-week course to be held September 2024,covering the following topics:

The 2024 course is now open for application .  You must be a current member to be considered

Ethics, equipment and food, travel and navigation, game animal species, firearm safety and marksmanship, hunting techniques, survival, first aid, and river crossing. The final weekend is a hunt in the Rangitata area where trainees can shoot a tahr.

Check out the comments below and have look at a video made by a trainees from previous HUNTS courses and Karina’s 2021 video, where we had 14 trainees with 7 different nationalities!


Big thanks to Glencree Estate for the supply of Deer for the Butchery module


The topics covered by HUNTS are:

  • Ethics, ecology and regulations
  • Equipment and food
  • Travel and navigation
  • Game animal species in New Zealand
  • Firearms use in a hunting context
  • Range shooting and setting up a hunting firearm
  • Hunting techniques
  • Care for meat and your trophy
  • Preparing for when ‘things go wrong’

Because there is generally a waiting list for next years course numbers are limited. You must be a member to be eligible to attend the course due to insurance and liability requirements, once a member apply for a place on the current course,… and if the course is full you will be prioritized on the waiting list for the next course.  Previous attendees have stayed on and moved into Club positions including Secretary and also Treasurer, so if you are interested, contact:  Cost is $460 well worth every cent

Peter Weusten
Phone: 021 123 7934
Email: [email protected]

excerpt from 2019 Course

Review happenings from 2021


An excellent course. More than exceptional value for money and the time required to attend. The instructor’s obvious willingness to pass on their hard won experience to us rookies was superb. Field trips to Lewis Pass and Ben McLeod Station were well organised and a highlight. (John)

I really enjoyed the course. Although I had a lot of previous experience with bushcraft and navigation (old map and compass approach), it was great to re-fresh on these and learn about the modern GPS units and how they could be used. I particularly enjoyed the hunt specific training and all the great yarns from the instructors. These are what makes the hunting community so enjoyable. Working with Pete on Ben McLeod was an absolute highlight of the trip. (Adrian)

I really appreciate the passion and selflessness of the all the instructors through the course. I know NZDA did not want to make a profit from the course; however, I would still join the course if NZDA charges $500 for the course. I am very impressed that course put ethics as a priority of the training. I also encourage my other friends to be responsible gun owners, to protect our privilege to own a firearm. (Owen)