Hunting and fishing prohibited

by Ann van Engelen

Fish & Game New Zealand is urging all anglers and hunters to do the right thing and stay at home as fishing and hunting are prohibited during the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown period.

“Unfortunately, being at level four means that anglers and hunters aren’t able to do the pursuits that they love,” says Fish & Game New Zealand chief executive Martin Taylor.

“The advice we have is that anglers and hunters should not undertake activities that expose them and others to higher levels of risk. DOC huts and campsites are closed as they do not meet minimum separation requirements.”

New Zealand Search and Rescue is asking people to stick to simple outdoor exercise and avoid areas where they could get lost or require search and rescue. NZSAR want to ensure that emergency services are available to help those in the greatest need. 

“Fishing and hunting, even close to home, inherently carry a degree of risk. It is important for anglers and hunters not to further burden our emergency services and the healthcare system. Staying in and around home is simply the right thing to do.

“It is heartbreaking to not be able to spend time in the outdoors, especially as for many of us this is our main way to destress, but we all have our part to play to beat Covid-19.

“The point of the next four weeks is to kill the virus in New Zealand so that life goes back to normal as quickly as possible. Let’s stay home for four weeks then we can get outdoors and back into angling and hunting.

“The lockdown period is scheduled to end prior to the start of the game bird season. If we are all responsible during the next four weeks, the game bird season is on. We ask for your patience while we piece together the complexities of what we are facing. We will have further advice on pegging day as soon as possible.

“It is our intention to give anglers and hunters ongoing updates on our Facebook page and website. Please keep up-to-date with all the most recent government guidance around Covid-19 at covid19.govt.nz.”