New Zealand Deerstalkers Association
Te Awamutu Branch

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The NZDA was founded in 1937 to promote recreational hunting and shooting sports.  It is a national body with branches throughout New Zealand.

The New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association is committed to the promotion of hunting as a sport. It's mission statement is:

"to retain, enhance and create opportunities for the enjoyment of legitimate recreational hunting and the sport of shooting, for the members of the Association"
 

Branches largely arrange their own activities within the guiding rules of association, and each branch contributes financially to the national body according to the number of branch members.

 

The NZDA is involved in the following activities on members’ behalf.

  • Youth activity programmes
  • Hunting and bush craft training
  • Public access for recreational activities
  • Game animal protection and management
  • Firearms safety training
  • National shooting competitions
  • The building and maintenance of huts
  • Participation in the conservation debate
  • Communication with members through magazines and newsletters

 

The 7 Rules of Firearms Safety

 

1. Treat every firearm as loaded

 

2. Always point firearms in a safe direction

 

3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire 

 

4. Identify your target beyond all doubt

 

5. Check your firing zone

 

6. Store firearms and ammunition safely

 

7. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms 



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