Some common queries around the FWF Ballot.
1. Is the ballot draw completely random?
Yes. Completely. Hunting parties are randomly numbered and then numbers randomly drawn. It is a completely computerized draw and blocks are allocated strictly by the preferential list hunters supply.
2. If we're drawn, do we get more than one chance at a block?
Yes... and no. If for example you have ordered all 75 ballot blocks over 3 periods and your party is drawn, you will be offered the first available block on your list. If you only want certain blocks or periods then those will be checked first - if none are available at that point your party goes to the BOTTOM OF THE LIST - you are therefore unlikely to get a block that year.
3. What's the difference between member and non-member blocks?
Those who have agreed to be Ballot Members are eligible for the 'member-only' core blocks. All those in a party must be Ballot Members agreeing to the special terms and conditions to be eligible for these blocks (you will need to update your account profile to do this). This includes the extra-period blocks. NOTE: If you have chosen member-only blocks in your list and ANY members of your party have not agreed to the terms, those block choices will be ignored.
4. Can I enter more than once in any year?
No. You must only be registered to one party to give everyone a fair chance at hunting. If you are found to be attempting to enter more than one party, you will be disqualified entirely from the current ballot.
5. Why is my mate's username not in the list to add to a Hunting Party?
All hunters entering the ballot must have a FWF account and a unique username to identify them. You cannot therefore choose a random username, nor can you choose someone who is already added to a party (since you can only enter the ballot once in any year). If you have double checked your mate's username and still can't find them in the list, please contact us - someone else may have mistakenly added them to a party already.
Should you be a party leader and find your own username is not displayed, the same applies; you have already been added to a Hunting Party by someone. You should therefore check with your party members (just in case they did your job already!) or contact us.
TIP: When entering your party, check your list of members before submitting since their name and photo will be displayed.
6. Why can't I have just 5 in my hunting party?
Each block and period is allowed up to a maximum of 6 hunters total. All places will be filled. This may be made up by a single party of six, or up to 2 parties (eg of 2 and 4 hunters). Therefore, since parties must be a minimum of two hunters, a party of 5 cannot enter since that would leave an unfilled place. If there's only 5 of you – you'll find a friend fairly quickly!
7. I don't have a gun license - can I still hunt?
All hunters are bound by NZ law. This means that if you are over 16, and do not have a current NZ firearms license, you must be within arms reach of someone who has a license and is NOT shooting. We therefore strongly encourage a maximum of 1 non-license holder per license holder. We also enforce a policy of only 1 gun per license.