6 Dec 2011

Heli-hunting on conservation land set to end

10:15 pm on 6 December 2011

Heli-hunting guides are dismayed at Government plans to ban the activity on conservation land.

For two years, the Department of Conservation has offered concessions to guiding companies that allow them to fly wealthy tourists into mountainous areas to hunt for game such as tahr and chamois.

It has helped cull problem species and has provided revenue to the Government.

The National Party has agreed to stop the practice under its confidence and supply deal agreed with United Future on Monday.

United Future leader Peter Dunne says the activity is viewed poorly overseas.

However, some heli-hunting guides say there is enough room for everyone.

Mt Cook Trophy Hunting owner Neville Cunningham says it has allowed people with poor mobility to get into the mountains.