The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association is a national body committed to the promotion of hunting as a sport. It's mission statement is:
"To retain, enhance and create opportunities for the enjoyment of legitimate recreational hunting and the sport of shooting, for the members of the association"
NZDA is active on many fronts of interest to the hunter, such as wild animal management, access and conservation issues, firearms legislation etc. The association administers national trophy, photographic and shooting competitions for members from over 50 branches throughout New Zealand. It has also arranged public liability insurance for members.
The Hutt Valley branch primarily serves the Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata areas, although members come from throughout the greater Wellington region.
Branch meetings are held on the third Wednesday evening of each month. The January and February meetings are usually held at our range in Kaitoke. The March through November meetings are held at the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club. There is no branch meeting in December.
Doors open at 7:30pm and the presentation starts at 8:00. We endeavour to provide a range of speakers on subjects of interest to hunters and shooters. Refreshments are available [from the bar and cafe] and there is a small door charge to cover room hire costs.
As a member you will receive the Tararua Rag, our bi-monthly newsletter, keeping you up to date with club activities, as well as special deals and news from around the area. Additionally we will email items of interest such as consultations underway or updates affecting the range or club.
The branch has a rifle range with covered bench rest facilities in the Rimutaka Incline recreation area. The range is built to modern standards and provides shooting up to 200 yards. A access card to the main car park gate is available to members and enables driving right to the range. The range is generally available during the week as well as weekends, but check for bookings in the Range Calendar.
Like many other NZDA branches around New Zealand, Hutt Valley Branch runs a hunter training course for those relatively new to hunting, or those wishing to brush up their skills. The course is run along modular lines, for more info see our see our Hunter Training Course page.