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Book reviews

Venison the Game Larder

By Jose L. Souto

Hunting for and dining on wild veni-

son is second nature to most kiwi 

outdoor hunting types. Most of us 

grew up with Uncles and father fig-

ures showing us the ways and means 

of shooting, firearm safety, camp-

ing, stalking and the list goes on.

It’s part of the kiwi heritage 

and few people that I associ-

ate with haven’t tasted veni-

son in one form or another.

The most basic and probably 

most favourite method of cook-

ing venison is taking th back-

straps, cutting them relatively 

thin, rolling them in a plastic bag 

with flour and salt and pepper, 

then throwing them into a scold-

ing hot frypan with some butter.

The speed at which the steaks 

disappear tells the story.

Jose says “Game to me is as spe-

cial as it gets. It is a product of 

our countryside, a natural form 

of food, harvested at its peak in 

a very short season. Game is the 

closest thing to the food of our an-

cestors before we domesticated 

animals and it is still one of the 

main truly seasonal foods left to us.”

This book gives us a slightly dif-

ferent perspective on the finer 

points of cooking venison, cer-

tainly if you want to impress the 

neighbours or the wife there 

are some classic recipes here.

There are over 50 recipes from 

José Souto, the game expert and 

senior chef/Lecturer in Culinary 

Arts at Westminster Kingsway Col-

lege, who gives masterclasses on 

preparation and game cookery to 

other chefs worldwide, as well as 

teaching a new generation of stu-

dent chefs how to cook venison. 

José has added to his own reper-

toire of 30 dishes by inviting guest 

chefs to add their own favourite 

venison recipes to this book, open-

ing up a wide range of dishes, 

from simple venison lasagne to el-

egant dinner-party show-stoppers.

Not just a cookery book, this is a 

celebration of deer: in stunning 

pictures, world-renowned photog-

rapher Steve Lee showcases Brit-

ish deer, deer-stalking and the de-

light in harvesting nature’s bounty, 

with a breath-taking array of shots.

Available from bookshops 

and www.nationwidebooks.co.nz

Price: $79.99 

This is an important time

Remember to stake your claim 

to your favourite maimai or duck 

shooting stand before the start of 

the new hunting season now only 

weeks away Saturday, 6 May, 2017.

The process of claiming a hunting 

stand goes under many names de-

pending on region – marking up, 

pegging or tagging – but whatever 

it’s called, if a hunter wants to retain 

their favourite spot, they need to do 

it before 10am on Sunday April 9. 

The rule applies to all 12 Fish & 

Game regions around the country.

Tagging your favoured maimai al-

lows you to set yourself up for the 

season ahead, ready to  harvest 

birds over opening weekend – 

and then have first claim on that 

spot for the rest of the season.

Hunters with an existing maimai 

who have already purchased a new 

2017-18 game bird licence are able 

to stake their claim to the maimai 

any time before 10am on, April 9.

Other hunters wanting to stake 

their claim over an unclaimed 

maimai for the first time must 

wait until after 10am on that date. 

Rules on who can use a hunting 

spot also apply once the game 

bird hunting season begins. 

The rules state that hunters then 

need to be at the maimai within one 

hour of the opening hour of hunting.  

If they aren’t there within that time, 

the spot can be used by any other li-

censed hunter for the rest of the day.

To reclaim your spot for the up-

coming season you first need 

to buy your 2017-18 Game Bird 

Licence, which contains your 

claim tag. The new season li-

cences went on sale on March 16. 

Hunters are advised to 

get their licence early to 

avoid the last minute rush.

In the Auckland Waikato region, 

hunters are only allowed to load 

three cartridges into their shotguns 

shots, a rule first introduced in 2013. 

Eastern and Hawke’s Bay asked 

for voluntary compliance of the 

three-shot rule last season but are 

making it compulsory this season. 

And the West Coast Region is intro-

ducing a five shot rule this season.   

Wellington and Nelson – Marl-

borough Regions are banning 

magazine extensions for shotguns.

The shot restrictions have a 

conservation aim, and also en-

courage hunters not to shoot 

at birds moving out of range. 

In the South Island, the season for 

mallards in all regions runs for near-

ly three months from May 6 to July 

30, with bags ranging from 10 to 50. 

And hunters in all regions are again 

urged to take advantage of the 

longer season for upland game 

birds, including pheasants and 

quail, which runs from May 6 to 

27 August in a number of regions. 

Claim your game bird hunting spot! 

New heavy handed police policies for 

the approval of “A Cat” firearms to enter 

the approved firearms list. Be warned - 

this affects all NZ licensed gun owners!

The two most worrying policies are:

1) “A Cat” firearms must now have a 

civilian use which police approve of. 

This gives police complete control 

over what you do and what you shoot.

2) Incomplete firearms - eg AR15 

receivers, rifle chassis must be as-

sembled into their complete format. 

Once approved, that receiver/chas-

sis is only allowed to be sold in that 

complete format. This means with 

brand X rail, Model Y trigger, model 

Z stock. The receiver/chassis cannot 

be sold in any other configuration.

The document then goes on to 

elaborate on MSSA length policies.

To summarise:

1) Length is measured collapsed. 

Under 762mm your gun is a pistol.

2) If you purchased an MSSA un-

der the old police approved policy 

and you can’t make the gun com-

ply you must hand it in for de-

struction without compensation.

At what point does our political 

parties stand up to Police policy 

makers and stop them from hound-

ing 250,000 licenced firearm own-

ers with ultra vires policies that 

do nothing to prevent crime?

http://www.police.govt.nz/

sites/default/files/publications/

measuring-length-of-mssa-fire-

arms-classification_-approval.pdf 

Firearm Owners beware

It has been proposed by DoC and 

the associate Minister Peter Dunne 

in conjunction with the Game Ani-

mal Council to make hunters pay 

for wild animal management in NZ. 

Doc and the Game Animal Coun-

cil are proposing that funding 

come from recreational hunters 

and the only way that can hap-

pen is by way of a hunting license. 

When the GAC was first proposed it 

was pretty much agreed to by hunt-

ers at large based on the fact that 

it would be funded by the export 

of trophies by overseas hunters. 

They are now saying that hunters 

in general will have to front some 

of the $1.6 million a year budget. 

Interestingly when the GAC was 

formed the manifesto says “Guaran-

teed free access to the Conservation 

Estate for all New Zealand citizens.”

Treasury is saying that the us-

ers should contribute and DoC 

and the GAC have agreed to look 

at “other funding proposals”. 

What this means is a hunting li-

cense for all wild animals such 

as deer, pigs, Thar and so on. 

The NZDA seem to be in approval as 

they chair the committee that has pro-

posed it so I don’t think hunters can 

look to them to lead the way on this. 

This is one of our principal free-

doms as a New Zealander to go 

hunting and feed our families. To 

actually have to buy a licensee and 

start being controlled by a host 

of rules is just not our KIWI WAY. 

So it’s bye bye to Dunney, and to the 

GAC if they want to carry on like this.

This sort of treacherous behaviour 

is what current governments have 

done with regards many outdoors 

recreations and should not be toler-

ated. DoC, the GAC along with Ospri 

and TBFree NZ must be disbanded.

 

Hunting license proposed 

I read with interest and a lot of con-

cern March issue’s article on page 8 

(“Plan To Levy NZ Hunters Gets Shot 

Down”). My membership of NZDA 

goes back to the 1950s when the 

late Dr Graeme Caughley and I as 

teenagers starting work in Welling-

ton, joined the Wellington NZDA 

branch. The late John Henderson 

was then branch president and went 

on to serve two stints as national 

president first in the 1970s then in 

the 1980s. The stimulus. for John’s 

return to national president was 

over the Recreational Hunting Ad-

visory Committee which was set up 

by government.  NZDA naively had 

at least two members, one being the 

then national president. The RHAC 

was duty bound to government 

while its members were forbidden 

to report back to the hunting pub-

lic.  John Henderson was incensed 

at this undemocratic, government-

bound situation. So he stood against 

the then national president at the 

Nelson NZDA conference, defeated 

him and was thus returned for a 

second period as national president.

The current Game Animal Coun-

cil seems a replica of that RHAC of 

the 1980s. It is by an Act of Parlia-

ment duty bound to the Minister of 

Conservation which in reality, since 

the minister fully depends on ad-

vice from the department, means 

the Department of Conservation.

I would have expected as a NZDA 

member for some 60 years, that 

in 2017 the lesson from the Rec-

reational Hunting Advisory Com-

mittee would have been heeded. 

The Game Animal council has all 

the characteristics of the RHAC:-

(1) members are politically ap-

pointed by the Minister, i.e. DOC. 

This has only a vestige of democracy.

(2) Duty bound to the Minister, i.e. DOC

(3) Recreational hunt-

ing has a minority vote

In addition, at a Nelson meeting 

about the establishment of the 

Game Animal Council, I pointed 

out to the meeting and chairman 

Gary Ottman, that the structure of 

the Game Animal Council, arguably 

contravened NZDA policy on a num-

ber of aspects. These included the 

minority vote for recreational, the 

“toothless” advisory status, political 

appointments and other principles. 

These points were not challenged by 

several other NZDA persons present 

which included former NZDA na-

tional executive members and ones 

that were destined to be, indeed the 

current NZDA national president 

who is now on the Game Animal 

council. So I assume the points as un-

disputed, were correct. Does the pro-

posal to levy NZ recreational hunt-

ers also contravene NZDA policy?

 A modicum of thought about the 

Game Animal Council shows a paral-

lel to the recent actions of the present 

government to “centralise” or install 

dictatorial, dominant state control 

of the use of 1080 poison and river 

quality controls, i.e. RMA proposals. 

The Game Animal Council  essential-

ly represents state control of hunting.

Tony Orman

Marlborough

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Waikato Regional Council is hold-

ing a by-election in Hamilton. 

Clyde Graf is the only candidate who 

has a record of boldly battling issues 

that affect wildlife and the outdoors. 

He worked hard as a councillor for 

Thames-Coromandel, helping lo-

cals find solutions to decades-old 

problems such as flooding in Tairua. 

He was so determined to keep 

the true story about pesticides 

in the limelight, that he received 

three code of conduct complaints. 

We need to vote for him because 

he speaks for us. And we have 

to do it before 11 April. Ham-

iltonians, dig out your voting 

papers and vote for Clyde Graf. 

Authorised by Clyde Graf, 4 

Parkdale Crescent, Hamilton.