This is a nine-week course covering the following topics:
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 trainee from the 2019 HUNTS course, where we had 14 trainees with 7 different nationalities!
The 2020 Hunts Course has been set for September this year again. There are only 14 positions so first in first served. Dates will be sent out to successful applicants
Because there is generally a waiting list for this course and numbers are limited, so if you are interested, contact:
David or Sonya Hodder
Phone: 03 339 7038
Watch this video from the 2019 HUNTS course made by a trainee and check out these comments re our HUNTS course by previous trainees:
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)