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2024 HUNTS course (Hunter National Training Scheme)

  • 10 Aug 2024
  • 25 Aug 2024
  • 3 sessions
  • 10 Aug 2024 (NZST) 11 Aug 2024 (NZST)
  • 17 Aug 2024 (NZST) 18 Aug 2024 (NZST)
  • 23 Aug 2024 (NZST) 25 Aug 2024 (NZST)
  • Queenstown area
  • 7


  • If you are already a NZDA member the cost is slightly cheaper
  • Price is for NON members


Hunter National Training Scheme 

The Hunter National Training Scheme (HUNTS) course is delivered by The Southern Lakes New Zealand Deerstalkers Association instructors and is designed to introduce new hunters to the skills needed to hunt below the snowline.

Experienced hunters may find value in some sections of the course. A Firearms licence is not necessary. This is ideal for anyone wishing to learn about hunting.

Course Contents:

  • Hunting techniques
  • Species knowledge
  • Game utilization (skinning, butchering, etc)
  • Firearm safety in a hunting context
  • Practical shooting and hunting ballistics
  • Essential bush skills
  • River safety

Participants must have a reasonable level of physical fitness and access to personal tramping equipment.

Cost per person $550.00 (Incl GST),


  • HUNTS Manual
  • Ammunition
  • Hunting trip travel & accommodation (food not included)
  • Membership

Weekend 1 

Saturday, all day, start time 8:30am

Location - Queenstown TBC

Welcome, housekeeping and introductions.  All you need to bring is pen/pencil and paper for taking notes, and your lunch.  We will supply the tea, coffee, biscuits and course manuals.  Course modules covered:

  • Ethics, Ecology & Regulations
  • Game Animal Species in New Zealand
  • Meat, Skins & Trophies
  • Hunting Techniques
  • Firearms Selection, Safety & Marksmanship

Sunday, start time 8:30am and done early afternoon

Location - local hobby farm, details to be distributed on the Saturday

Hands-on butchery session and knife sharpening

Weekend 2 

Saturday, all day, start time 8:30am

Location - Queenstown TBC

Another full classroom day.  Course modules covered:

  • Equipment & Food
  • Travel & Navigation
  • When Things Go Wrong (Emergency management)

Sunday, most of the day, start time 8:30am

Location - local rifle range, details to be distributed on the Saturday
  • Full day using a range of different firearms
  • Firearms safety
  • Sighting in
  • Shooting positions and techniques
  • Firearms maintenance/cleaning

Weekend 3 


Meet at the pre arranged accommodation 7pm (about 2 hours from Queenstown).  Arrive with all your gear—we will let you know what you will need to bring.


Hunt all day ,some bushcraft/ navigation.


River safety/ River crossing exercise, You WILL get wet!

Travel Home.


You will be invited along to the club meeting on successful completion of your course and presented with a certificate 

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