An Explanation of the Fees for 2018
As most people are aware in 2013 the Woodhill Forest passed into private ownership when the Ngati Whatua o Kaipara tribe purchased the Woodhill Forest off the Crown. All forest activities are now the responsibility of Ngahere Ltd. The WFMC is grateful that Ngahere Ltd has allowed us to continue to offer a public ballot in the Forest. The balloted hunting blocks take up almost a third of the forest area.
For the 2018 season the hunting fees have a slight increase from last year. There will be a daily block fee at $160 or $53.33 per person if there are 3 hunters on the block; and an application fee of $15.
The same rules will apply as in previous years, that is, you will be issued a permit to shoot 1 antlered buck or in some cases a doe (special permit required). If you cannot abide by the rules or you feel the daily rate should entitle you to shoot anything, then DO NOT apply. See Conditions for full details.
As the WFMC has said in the past, this is a relatively small herd, and it cannot be repopulated from outside of the forest. If a hunter was able to shoot the first animal they saw the herd would be exterminated within one season. The WFMC is here to ensure future generations of hunters can enjoy this recreation.
Ballot Application Acknowledgements
When you submit a Ballot Application with on-line payment, we attempt to send you an acknowledgement to the email address that you specify in your application. If you make a mistake in entering that email address, you will not get an acknowledgement, so please check your entry. (Last year there were a significant number of invalid email addresses provided, and as they were invalid, we were unable to tell you of the problem.)
We are also getting acknowledgements returned as undeliverable when they appear to have valid email addresses. A large proportion of these are hotmail addresses (using servers known to be associated with spam). If you have an alternate email address, it may be preferable to use that.
Your Ballot Application is sent quite separately from the acknowledgement, so even if you don't see the acknowledgement, you application will still be matched with the payment and entered into the draw.
The WFMC has finalised discussions with the Forest Owners for a new Hunting Access Agreement. Unfortunately, this is verbally only at present - something to be with a bit of wind and the loss of power up north!
In the meantime, there is a tentative new calendar for this 2018:
Ballots will open later tonight (April 13th)
(February 71st, Woodhill time!)
Ballots close: 7 May
Ballot drawn: 10 May
First hunt: 9 June
Last hunt: 16 September
Take A Kid Hunting: 22 September
All correspondence will be via email - please double check this on your applications - there were too many incorrect email addresses last year. If you don't have an email address available, we will do our best, but remember that there isn't a lot of spare time available, so your help is requested, please.
Suppressors are permitted this year; all other previous conditions will apply.
Ballot application fee: $15 - same as last year.
Permit fee: $160 per block ($10 increase).
All hunters must carry their firearms license.
Plain blaze orange vests must be worn at all times. There are no clothing substitute permitted for a plain blaze orange vest - no cammo patterns.
All vehicles must display your hunting permit ( a photocopy must be displayed if more than one vehicle).
The above requirements form the basis for our access agreement with Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, and if you won't or don't comply you will be asked to leave the forest.
We can now accept payments by Direct Credit from your bank account to ours. Please ensure that you use a meaningful reference, such as your name and the date of the payment:
e.g. Bill Bloggs 13Mar17
and quote that with your application or message to us.
Our bank account details are:
Woodhill Fallow Management Council Inc
Account Number: 01 0141 0041658 00