Author(s): The New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association
The New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association is 75 years old. A milestone in any organisations history. To celebrate this book has been compiled to show a snapshot of the organisation today, how it has progressed in the past 25 years, since it's fiftieth anniversary when a history of the NZDA was written by Philip Holden to mark that milestone, and how it looks towards the future. Any organization is only as strong as its membership, so members of the NZDA have written this book. Each contributor an acknowledged expert in his or her field. They have described the status of each of the large game animal species in New Zealand and their potential for tomorrow's hunters together with a review of firearms legislation as it really is. Also covered is the massive contribution the Association is making to the education of hunters throughtout New Zealand by the NZDA HUNTS programme and the building of new and modern range facilities where acknowledged experts can pass on shooting and mountaincraft skills. In his forward President Tim McCarthy says:- "The future of hunting in New Zealand is on the edge of entering a new phase, with the agreement of all interested parties in the hunting fraternity of New Zealand joining together to promote large game animal management of deer, tahr, chamois and pigs under the banner of the Game Animal Council. In my opinion this is by far the most positive move we have seen in the history of New Zealand deerstalking." It is fitting then that the NZDA takes this opportunity to reflect on its history, its achievements, its place in today's society and the new opportunities the future will bring. Sequel to: The deerstalkers : a history of the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association, 1937-1987 - Philip Holden.