A Hunter's Tale

A deep dive into hunting incidents in New Zealand

Published March 2017

A Hunter's Tale represents the most comprehensive exploration of hunting participation and incidents in New Zealand. Building on the success of There and Back (2016), this publication represents the first in a series of comprehensive ‘deep dives’ and explores hunting and firearms safety through the presentation of key insights. A Hunter's Tale focusses on trends in participation, hunting related injuries, search and rescues as well as fatalities. The data presented in this document provides a comprehensive evidence base that clearly identifies what is going wrong for hunters in the New Zealand outdoors.

This report represents a significant moment in our country’s collective understanding of the nature, scale and risks of hunting in New Zealand...
– Associate Minister of Conservation, Hon. Peter Dunne

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