This newsletter contains just the minutes from the last meeting - I will send out a bigger newsletter next week with all the recent news, trophy competition details, hunting trips planned and updates...and hopefully some roar pics.
If you have anything you would like to be included in that, please send to me before the end of the week
Received from: - Dave Rider, Roger Slow, Tom Proctor, Wayne Atkins, Nathan Wise, Pete Morrison, Frances Mackie, Shaun Moloney, Jake Woodward
Minutes from the last meeting had not been sent out so will be verified in the May meeting
General Correspondence In:
Mt Crieghton New Hunting Blocks
These have now come available – and some members have taken up the ballots. There is a temporary issue with heli access only to a number of the blocks as they have yet to pole the routes and finalise rights of way with neighbouring landowners
If you are keen to take up one of these new areas , then you head to the DOC office in town (or phone them)
DOC are NOT issuing heli landing concessions for these blocks BUT you can apply for a one off landing permit, you need to pay about $130 + $30pp landing fee to the helicopter company doing it for you.
Sharon has advised Heli GY that these blocks are now available and would be the cheapest operator to use. There was some confusion when they first came on board but hopefully the staff at Heli GY know what to do now
As we had to change the date of the meeting to the Wednesday due to ANZAC day, we trialed texting members with a reminder. If you have recently changed your mobile number, (or postal address ) please let Melissa (memberships) know so we can update the database
Invoices for membership
Sorry these came out late this year, hopefully everyone will have received (and paid) theirs by now, if not, please let us know so we can send something out.
Or you can go to the website and just pay online
Reminder from Head Office (National Executive – or known as NATEX) that the firearms laws have changed (no shit!) and that the police have emailed firearms licence holders and asked everyone to look at the police website for clarity.
Still no news on the buy back scheme but it will be 6 months once it is announced. E cat no longer exists and tougher laws for breaking the law ie
maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment:
• importing a prohibited item
• unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm
• supplying or selling a prohibited firearm or magazine
• without lawful purpose, assembling a prohibited firearm or converting a firearm into a prohibited firearm
maximum penalty of 2 years:
• possessing a prohibited part or magazine
• supplying or selling a prohibited part
We have been sent reminders about the conference date and if you have a trophy head you would like to enter, please contact Sharon for an entry form. Katie, Nick and Sharon will be attending so we may be able to take it for you
Replies to above mainly membership enquiries
Vice Presidents Update
A reminder that Nathan is standing down so we are looking for a new president and potentially new committee members to come forward - details on the process below but if you are keen and want to know what is involved. please contact Sharon
The Burger stand fundraiser is 21st June - volunteers were asked for - we need about 13 in total
Brendon, Melissa, Macca, Alex, Jacques, and Katie so far
Still needing a New President
The AGM in May is where the committee and positions such as President, Treasurer , Secretary etc are elected. Nathan talked to the meeting in Jan to say that due to work commitments and his growing kids, he would not be standing for re election at the AGM in May. So this means we will be looking for a new president in May
It would be great to have a few people could come forward this time round, don't worry if you don't know a thing about what you are supposed to do, the existing committee (me included) can help lots and will always explain and you aren't expected to know it all from day one.
Time wise - is as little or as much as you can give, Maybe attending a few extra events/meetings or giving comment on a few of the emails we receive would be ideal.
If president is not for you, there are various roles so that the jobs get split up and issues shared are much easier than just one person doing everything. Maybe have a think about standing for general committee so that you can see what goes on and slowly decide if you want to be involved a bit more. We also really need people to help with the submissions (which seem to be coming fast and plentiful at the moment)
If you are keen to start to learn a bit more about the background stuff that goes on and the running of the club, feel free to chat to Sharon or past committee members to find out more.
And of course happy to give secretaries role up if anyone is keen :-)
If you bought one of these calendars off Alan a while ago and have not paid for it, just a reminder to pop your $16 in the club bank account
The photo competition is postponed to the June Meeting
Sharon attended a DOC meeting to advise us that there is a 1080 Operation in August – deer repellent will be used in the Caples and Dart areas PDF copies of the maps coming from DOC so will be in the next newsletter
Aspiring Guides – avalanche courses available again this winter
1.5 day Introductory Avalanche Awareness Course. This course involves a 3 hr evening theory session, followed by a full day in the field putting it all into practise. The course is an introduction to understanding the avalanche phenomenon, decision making and rescue. Upon completion participants will receive a MSC Avalanche Awareness Course Certificate, workbook and rescue card.
4 day Backcountry Avalanche Course. A comprehensive course delivering 4 days of instruction based locally from our ski resorts in Wanaka/Queenstown and classroom lectures at our office in Wanaka. Understanding of weather, snow and the avalanche phenomenon is developed with the focus on good decision making, risk management and rescue skills for those venturing outside the ski area boundary. Upon completion participants will receive a MSC Backcountry Avalanche Course Certificate, Transceiver Competence Certificate, Avalanche Awareness in the NZ Backcountry by Penny Goddard, workbook and rescue card.
4 day Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Touring Course. This course delivers the same content as the Backcountry Avalanche Course but is based in the mountains from our private hut in the Northern Pisa. For the entire 4 days the backcountry is your classroom and the ultimate place to learn avalanche education. Upon completion participants will receive a MSC Backcountry Avalanche Course Certificate, Transceiver Competence Certificate, Avalanche Awareness in the NZ Backcountry by Penny Goddard, workbook and rescue card.
The Game Animal have a new facebook page and new website coming soon – Although the Conservation Minister has still not made a decision on new appointments for the GAC - Sharon is chasing this as it's only been 8 months since the jobs were advertised!
Lots of enquiries for a HUNTS course – Dates to be confirmed - If you are keen email your interest to Pete
Thanks to Simon for checking the stoat traps and Dave Rider for clearing the track and everyone for the general tidy up at the April Ballot and trip up there. Dave Rider managed to shoot a nice fallow and it sounds like we are keen to do full working bee in September – let me know if you are keen to come along - details coming soon
Balance was $ 33168 in the current account and $30,013 in the savings account as of meeting date
Hut takings since last meeting were $805
Bills to pay
Aprons for the Burger Stand $310
Motion to pay agreed by Rick Machray and 2nd by Melissa Jager
Number of members paid are still being reconciled
Invoices for membership have now been sent out
Membership is $95 for a senior and $5 each family member and payment is due before the AGM 30th May
Welcome to the new members
These joined before April - we have a number since then which will appear in the next newsletter
Matt De Torres and Orlando his son
Danielle Sherman (was Upper Clutha)
Stoat Trap Updates
William Lash kindly changed all the Stoat traps to be secured with a hex screw (as per request by DOC as Kea were getting into the traps) so we need to purchase a Hex screw driver to leave at the hut.
Anyone else keen for a walk before the winter sets in? let us know, we need to check at least 4 times a year
Poolburn Bunny Shoot
Alan Mackie has been chatting to a farmer about a bunny shoot over the Poolburn way. He is happy for small groups to head over to his property
and stay over in the woolshed (which has a shower) and do a bunny shoot there (Evidently lots of them)
Alan and Sharon will get a fact sheet together with the farmers contact details, maps and directions and also clarify if 4WD is possible and what is we see pigs, goats or deer (ie is it just bunnies?)
The annual club Tahr Hunt is still going ahead again on the weekend of 8th -10th Nov, get the date in your diary as this is a popular and very successful club trip organised by Shaun Moloney.
Details and registration on below link
Alex reminded everyone to bring theirs back for the AGM, if you can't make the AGM please arrange to drop them at someone elses to bring them for you
Also he asked "does anyone have the box of trophies that didn't get awarded (ie the spare ones not won?)" Alex can't find them at his house and just wondered where they were
As his current hunting rifle is no longer legal, he asked if anyone had a spare 30-06 to borrow for a hunt planned- Thanks to Dave for volunteering his 308
It was raised to ask if Small Planet actually check for membership cards as a member got the key but no proof was asked for. It's a hard one as they do it without payment or donation and we rely on the honesty of the general public. Sharon to check with Roger and maybe look at the merits of taking credit card payments in advance?
Congratulations to Melissa
She won the Ladies section again (3rd year in a row) at the competition duck shoot in Cromwell recently
Meeting closed at 8.32pm followed by a hunts report
Bring a friend
Now that we have a great venue, feel free to bring any friends to the club night meetings you think may be interested in joining.