The Fair and Reasonable Campaign - the campaign launched by the Coalition of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) following proposals to change New Zealand’s gun legislation - is reminding hunters that under the National State of Emergency any activity that could require Search and Rescue is not currently permitted.
This includes hunting, fishing, tramping, swimming, surfing and boating - “or other activities of a kind that expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services.”
Writes Nicole McKee, spokesperson for the campaign: “Our lawyers have studied the new Order... In short, Police do have the ability to stop you from going hunting and can enforce this ban.”
She added she was making no comment, “but with the roar upon us” thought she had better publicise the fact.
The number of injuries, fatalities and search and rescue missions spike dramatically during this period every year.
According to the NZ Mountain Safety Council, almost one third of search and rescue missions happen in April, along with about 30 per cent of hunting fatalities. It's also when 19 per cent of all injuries happen.
During March to May (the roar or the rut) hunters trek into New Zealand's backcountry to find red stags that are actively and aggressively competing with each other for access to hinds for mating - which includes roaring aloud to warn off competitors.
The order expires at midnight on April 22 April 2020 unless revoked earlier or extended.
Kia ora Waikato, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.
Go ahead, get snapping and illustrate what's beyond your backyard.
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