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    St Arnaud sighting in area.

    For many years there has be an informal sighting-in area on DoC land near St Arnaud.
    Just recently there has been some work done on the range and with it changes in the conditions of its use. For those familiar with the area and who have, or are likely to use it in the future here are the new requirements. This is from the local DoC Operations Manager.

    Teetotal Sighting-In Range
    There has been a lot of work done to make the
    Teetotal Sighting-In Range ready to meet the
    requirements under the new regulations under the
    Arms Act 1983. This includes a gravelled access
    road, a fenced and gated range boundary, new
    terracing and work on and around the bullet catcher
    target area. We expect to install a small sign kiosk
    and a red flag to raise when the range is in use this
    coming week.
    If you hold a current permit to use the range it will
    become invalid later this week on June 30. From
    1
    st July (this coming Saturday) every use of the
    range will be under the supervision of a nominated
    ĎRange Officerí who will need to obtain a Teetotal
    Sighting-In Range Permit in person from the visitor
    centre and sign up to their responsibilities under the
    Range Standing Orders. The appointed Range
    Officer must also be a licenced firearms holder and
    hold a standard DOC hunting permit. Be sure to bring
    your fire arms licence and DOC hunting permit to be
    sighted when you come to obtain a Teetotal SightingIn Range Permit.
    I expect some may ask why you need a DOC hunting
    permit just for sighting in. This is because the only
    way we can currently approve the discharge of a
    firearm on public conservation land is through the
    hunting permit system of the Conservation Act 1987.
    It is possible that the range permit (issued under the
    police managed Arms Act) may be recognised as
    permission on its own but this hasnít happened yet.
    It canít be stated strongly enough how important it
    is that the rules around the use of the range are
    respected and fully observed. Individuals who
    misuse the range will be committing a criminal act.
    They will have their permits and potentially their
    firearms licence revoked and will likely face
    prosecution by the police. If this isnít done well, the
    range will need to be disestablished with all
    improvements dismantled. Letís all make this work.

    I understand having a formal range/sighting-in area on DoC land is quite unique so this is a bit of a test case for future opportunities around the country so if you do plan on using it please abide by the rules.
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    Great to know.
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    Your local doc manager is a "keeper"

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    Very well done.

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    We need more of this - a pro active approach to give the hunting/shooting fraternity somewhere to sight in their rifles, that is safe and controlled. Without having to find some spot up the local riverbed that may cause somebody to get their nickers in a twist about guns. Have been saying this for a number of years after the issues with shooters using the Lake Lyndon area, but unfortunately falling on deaf ears. Big ups to those who have made this happen, and big thank you to the local DoC manager for being forward thinking and realistic. If Im ever up that way, the beers will be on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    Your local doc manager is a "keeper"
    He is even better than that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Husky1600#2 View Post
    We need more of this - a pro active approach to give the hunting/shooting fraternity somewhere to sight in their rifles, that is safe and controlled. Without having to find some spot up the local riverbed that may cause somebody to get their nickers in a twist about guns. Have been saying this for a number of years after the issues with shooters using the Lake Lyndon area, but unfortunately falling on deaf ears. Big ups to those who have made this happen, and big thank you to the local DoC manager for being forward thinking and realistic. If Im ever up that way, the beers will be on me.
    Yes, this is a great thing but I can't help thinking just that is done already by NZDA with the collection of shooting ranges ( now registered ) they have. If one of those is close enough to you would it not be worthwhile joining NZDA if not already a member ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30.06king View Post
    Yes, this is a great thing but I can't help thinking just that is done already by NZDA with the collection of shooting ranges ( now registered ) they have. If one of those is close enough to you would it not be worthwhile joining NZDA if not already a member ?
    DA ranges are great, but theres a lot of voids in the map, and a lot of Joe public that arent members, it is what it is. This range on public land, facilitated by DoC is all that is needed for the average guy to go check his rifle. There is so much public land out there and rather than talking of prosecuting someone for simply wanting to make sure his rifle is shooting straight, we have a guy that has seen the need and made it happen, within the law. I say bring it on, lets see more of them.

    I am a member of the NZDA, but dont use the local branch range, simply cos I dont need to. And its a 3 hour round trip for me to get there. I encourage every hunter/shooter to join the DA as theres a whole heap of advantages in being a member, ranges being one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30.06king View Post
    Yes, this is a great thing but I can't help thinking just that is done already by NZDA with the collection of shooting ranges ( now registered ) they have. If one of those is close enough to you would it not be worthwhile joining NZDA if not already a member ?
    The DA ranges are great but to have this happen on public conservation land is, in my opinion, a huge step forward for hunters. It could leave the NZDA in a position to concentrate more on what their name suggest (and hunter advocacy) rather than target shooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shearer View Post
    The DA ranges are great but to have this happen on public conservation land is, in my opinion, a huge step forward for hunters. It could leave the NZDA in a position to concentrate more on what their name suggest (and hunter advocacy) rather than target shooting.
    Members of the NZDA were instrumental in getting that range operational, DOC is the Range Operator (first in the country I understand)

    We just renewed the licence agreement with DOC for the Murchison Community Range, NN NZDA is the Range Operator on DOC land, it is open to the Public just like the Teetotal range

    IIRC these are the only two Community ranges in the country & caused some consternation & work arounds with the powers that be to keep them operational

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    That's refreshingly positive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Greg View Post
    Members of the NZDA were instrumental in getting that range operational, DOC is the Range Operator (first in the country I understand)

    We just renewed the licence agreement with DOC for the Murchison Community Range, NN NZDA is the Range Operator on DOC land, it is open to the Public just like the Teetotal range

    IIRC these are the only two Community ranges in the country & caused some consternation & work arounds with the powers that be to keep them operational
    The Teetotal sighting-in area had been "operating" for decades perfectly well before there was any involvement of NZDA.
    Do you have any information on how to become the "range officer" to use the Murchison range?
    Last edited by Shearer; 30-06-2023 at 04:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    Some knob jockey will ruin for everyone
    Unfortunately there is a good chance of that.
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    That is awesome news thanks for sharing @Shearer. I'm hoping to get out to Cable Bay range next week as its a bit nearer for me.
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