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    Fly blown Venni yum yum

    Hunter takes aim at deer cull for alleged unsafe meat handling

    Last updated 15:29, February 9 2018
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    Deer loaded on to a truck and trailer during the Central Otago wild deer culling operation.

    A Central Otago wild deer culling operation is under fire from an upset hunter for alleged food safety issues but she has won no support from deerstalkers or the company.
    The hunter, who is also a farm manager on a property next to Department of Conservation land where the operation took place, said she wanted to remain anonymous.
    She posted a photo on Instagram showing a truck and trailer filled with what she said were 70 deer.
    New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association vice president Bill O'Leary says there are strict guidelines for culling deer.

    "...just been told it is for human consumption, being carted to wanaka for processing then exported to Germany, so the chopper man reckons! Heat, flys [sic] and 70 hot bodies stacked on top of each other is not fit for human eating!" she wrote.
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    But NZ Deerstalkers Association president Bill O'Leary said there were strict regulations surrounding such commercial operations.
    There are plenty of deer and DOC encourages people to get out there and hunt.

    "These are laid down by the food safety authority. My expectation is those animals have been shot in the morning, gutted on the hill and into a chiller pretty quick."
    Jonathan Wallis of Wanaka-based Alpine Helicopters, which carried out the operation, said the deer were harvested "strictly in accordance with the rules, regulations and standards set down by the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Primary Industries. The way in which they are handled does not represent a health risk."
    They were being processed for human consumption, for both domestic and overseas sales.
    Wallis described the Instagram post as "unfortunate".

    "For the most part there is a sound understanding across all sectors of the requirement to manage wild animals in New Zealand. Typically recreational and commercial hunters proactively work together to achieve sustainable herds which avoids the need for alternative and less desirable control options."
    A Department of Conservation (DOC) spokesman said there were always disgruntled recreational hunters who did not like having commercial hunters around because they competed for deer.
    "If they want deer, [they can] step over the fence and go hunting. There are plenty of deer and DOC encourages people to get out there and hunt it's recreation that's good for conservation."
    O'Leary said helicopter hunters had to maintain a 2-kilometre buffer zone from the nearest private property, which was "a fair chunk of land if the lady wants to hunt".
    The DOC spokesman said the meat had to be GPS tagged as to where it came from to track and trace the source, and all venison was processed in an approved meat processing plant for wild game.
    Capturing deer by helicopter was not a fulltime occupation, but depended on venison prices.
    In recent months the price of farmed, chilled venison for export has soared to over $10 a kilogram.
    However general manager of Mountain River Venison, Ian Stewart, said wild game fetched only $6-7/kg compared with the premium prices paid for farmed, chilled product.
    Wallis agreed, saying prices paid for wild venison were considerably lower on account of high costs and limited markets.
    "To the best of my knowledge the wild animal recovery industry is largely static with the same number of commercial operators as has been the case for the past few seasons."
    The DOC spokesman said it was a standard private enterprise venison recovery operation that occurred regularly throughout the country on conservation land.
    DOC issued the concession and that was the extent of its direct involvement. The agency did not hunt deer but relied on commercial game recovery and recreational hunters to keep deer numbers in check.
    Writing to Stuff, the hunter said she was not convinced about the food safety of the operation.
    "Here were animals on that truck that had been sitting in the sun for hours before leaving at around 3:30pm uncovered in the heat with flies everywhere. The truck was then seen leaving Cromwell after 5:15 and the animals were still another minimum 40 minutes away from the processing factory. If that's not a good safety issue I don't know what is," she wrote.
    Before she switched her Instagram account to a private one, there were 90 recorded "likes" and 12 supportive comments.
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    I would much rather eat that Venison than the farmed stuff we loaded and trucked to Mamaku - Rotorua and got washed down with fire hose then dispatched full of adrenaline and with out the beautiful native herb flavoring from the high country tops.
    My god - some of the Venison sold back in 70-80's was slimy/crawling and blasted with Pebo - but the Germans kept coming back for more and more
    This meat above on the truck should be worth double of a Farmed animal - IMHO

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