Fish & Game New Zealand reproduces the conditions contained in the Notice in the form of North and South Island booklets as free guides for game bird hunters. The regulations are amended each year to suit changing sporting and environmental conditions.

General hunting regulations

Fish & Game hunting regulations booklets

Fish & Game New Zealand reproduces the conditions containe…

Non-toxic shot regulations

Since 2004, most hunters who use 10 or 12 gauge shotguns have been required to use non-toxic shot when hunting waterfowl within 200 metres of water.

Maximum shot sizes & non-toxic energy equivalents

The Wildlife Regulations have long stipulated the maximum size of shot that hunters may use for taking game birds. It states:

Regional regulations

Click on your region above to view the regulations for game bird hunting throughout that region.