The Southland Branch was the founding branch of the NZDA. We have over  350 members and meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8pm (excluding December & January. )


You can also follow us on    https://www.facebook.com/southlandnzda/   




 (Photo  Luke Payne, winner 2021 photo competition - Scenic)


Some classic old hunting movies:-


 A combined old film of Branch hunts. One 1962 of Greenstone through to Mavora. The other 1963 hunting around Bushy Creek and Mt Mavora. Participants Wally, Lex, Tom, Murray, Tony, Lynn, Merv, Des and John



Hunting in the Arawata 1964


Hunting in the Joe River 1965


Branch Tahr hunting trip in early 1960's







If you have been directed to this page to complete a report on your hunting trip to Stewart Island please follow this link:-  HUNTER REPORTS





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Updated 2022


 Since 2006 members have been undertaking a rat control program at Mason Bay Stewart Island.  Between September - Decemeber six  parties involving 22 hunters spend  significant time checking 309 traps which are set over 14 km of lines.  Each trap is cleared and reset at least twice by each party.    During 2022 the first 3 parties all killed over 150 rats each but numbers dropped significant by November and the last party went round all 309 traps on their last day without killing a single rat.   The total number of rats killed was  593.    For the report on the 2022 year.  




Big thank you to Hunting & Fishing Invercargill store have undertaken to provide  us generous sponsorship which will mean that this program will continue into the future.  Big thanks to Gerald and Mike.



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New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Southland Branch

Join the club promoting the interests of hunters!

New Zealand Deerstalkers Association began in Invercargill in 1937.

Today, Southland Branch is one of over 50 Branches and more than 6000 members.

NZDA Objectives are :

  • to promote recreational hunting and game management,
  • to promote training and safe use of firearms in our backcountry,
  • to protect the rights and privileges of access and firearms ownership,
  • and to promote the conservation and sound management of our introduced wild animals as well as our native flora and fauna.

What Southland Branch offers:-

  • Regular monthly meetings with guest speakers. Monthly newsletter.
  • Hunts Instruction courses in safe firearm handling, bushcraft, rivercrossing, first aid and hunting techniques.
  • A range of organised trips for different fitness levels.
  • $5 Million Public liability insurance including $1m rural fire protection.
  • Conditional access to South Wood Export exotic forests.
  • Access to Branch huts at Hauroko, Mavora and our Lodge at TeAnau.
  • Representation to local and national government and Department of Conservation on hunting matters.
  • Discount on Dept of Conservation Annual Hut Pass.
  • Quarterly NZ Hunting & Wildlife magazine. $27.80 retail
  • Our own Clubrooms at Longbush.
  • Annual trophy and photographic competitions    Competition Rules
  • Olympic standard indoor air rifle range with moving target.


Why Join Southland Branch NZ Deerstalkers Association?

  • Meet new people with similar interests
  • Learn about hunting areas and access
  • Club trips are often cheaper than doing it alone.
  • Club trips are certainly safer than doing it alone.

MEETINGS ARE AT CLUBROOMS, LONGBUSH HALL, McKerchar Road every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8pm


Our hall is  on McKerchar Road at Longbush between Woodlands & Kennington (East of Invercargill on S.H 1)

We have our meetings at 8p.m. every 3rd Wednesday of the month.( No meetings December & January)

Feel free to come along.


Map available here



Useful Links:

South Coast Productions
Heritage and Wilderness Adventure Films

"We are worried that a lot of our old film is disappearing as are the tales, and tellers of them from yester year, so we are keen to record some of these tales with one story leading to another. We try to capture some of the great stories of our time, the heritage which has helped to create the iconic kiwi." - Producer Dave McCarlie.


Southland Branch NZDA support South Coast Productions in their quest to capture New Zealand outdoors on film. Visit their website:


Department of Conservation Hunting Information  SOUTHLAND




New Zealand Deerstalkers Association National Office.


Animal Skin Tanning Services Ltd.



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