The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation ballot draw system is now automated. Hunters are now responsible for entering their own information, block choice and preference direct into the system. The FWF have gone to considerable lengths and expense to achieve a process that does not allow for draw or allocation errors based on this information. We look forward to a smooth ballot draw and wish all hunters good luck.
Application and Dates
Once a year the Fiordland Wapiti Area is divided into hunting blocks and balloted for the bugle period. Applications for a block must be made on the official application form, available on this website.
The Ballot Application for the 2021 bugle is available from 1st August 2020 until 7th October 2020. Applications must be received by 5:00pm on 7th October 2020.
The ballot will be drawn at 10:00am on 24th October 2020. Applicants will be notified by email of the result of the ballot as soon as possible.
Successful parties must confirm their intention to take up their hunting blocks by 25th November.
Only ONE application will be accepted from each party and individual names may only appear on one application. Any form of duplication will result in disqualification. No member of a party can be changed unless with prior approval from the ballot committee.
Vacancies as a result of cancellations will be allocated in the same sequence as in the bugle ballot to applicants who entered and failed to obtain a block in the original ballot. Phone bookings will not be accepted.
The bugle is divided into four ten-day periods:
- 20th - 29th March
- 30th March - 8th April
- 9th - 18th April
- 19th - 28th April
The Wapiti Area is closed for all hunting from 1st February until the start of the first ballot period each year and closed for helicopter wild animal recovery until 30th April.
From the 2021 ballot, FWF has introducing member-only blocks. See Ballot Membership for more information.
ALL members of a party will need to UPDATE THEIR ACCOUNT regardless of whether they also have full, paid FWF Membership.
Without updating your account YOU AND ALL YOUR PARTY will miss out on any blocks that are in the core area and the extra period 4 draw. Any non-ballot-members = WHOLE party ineligible. FWF Membership is entirely separate.
Ballot Members agree to
As a Ballot Member you agree to the following terms – a 'code of conduct':
- All rubbish must be carried out of the Park.
- Bird data return must be filled in and returned.
- Correctly filled out kill returns.
- Correct identification data of kills must be returned including head measurements and photo.
- All kills must be loaded to the Kill app.
- All live animals must be loaded to Live animal app.
Failure to follow these codes of conduct will result in loss of Ballot Membership as determined by the FWF committee. This loss of membership may also include ALL those in your party.
The Member-only core blocks available to Ballot Members are currently:
6. George River,
7. Wild Natives,
10. Upper Glaisnock,
11. Lower Glaisnock,
19. Wapiti River, and
20. Lugar Burn
There are 25 blocks in the Wapiti Area. Boundaries are defined on the block map on the main FWF website.
A maximum of six hunters will be permitted on a block at any one time. This can consist of separate parties of two hunters plus four hunters, or three plus three, or one party of six hunters. Parties of five and solo hunting applications will be declined.
Blocks are numbered 1 - 25. Please note that most of these blocks are in the Glaisnock Wilderness Area and are therefore subject to restricted conditions relating to aircraft. No aircraft landings are permitted above mean high water mark, and supply drops from aircraft are not permitted within the Wilderness Area. This also includes the northern sector of block 19.
Blocks falling outside the Glaisnock Wilderness Area area are: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23.
A briefing for hunting parties will be held before each period at the Te Anau Club before entering your block. These briefings will be on:
- 19th March at 6:30pm
- 29th March at 6:30pm
- 8th April at 6:30pm
- 18th April at 6:30pm
Attendance is compulsory and is when hunting permits are issued and updated information given. Date, time and venues will be confirmed on the main website and Facebook page.
Payment for entry into the ballot is deemed a donation to FWF and is non-refundable. No refunds will be made.
Successful parties must confirm their intention to take up their hunting blocks by 25th November or the block will be offered for reallocation to unsuccessful balloters. Only parties entered in the ballot will be entitled to reallocated blocks.
Hunting permits will be pre-writen and issued at the briefing. Only hunters confirmed for the bugle will be allowed to pick up and sign for their permits. Late changes or additions may not be accepted.
Special circumstances will be considered by the Wapiti Ballot Committee. All hunters will need to provide proof of identification.
In accordance with the Privacy Act, you agree to have your name made available to other hunting parties who may have adjacent or same hunting block before or after you, for the purpose of coordination of transportation or to be used as is seen appropriate by the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation.
The Wapiti Ballot Committee reserve the right to refuse entry into the ballot of any applications which could be deemed to be seen as unfair or disadvantaging other bona fide applications. All sections of the application must be completed clearly and correctly.
Please note: you may be contacted by collect phone call at LATE NOTICE. Applications drawn via preferred blocks as listed on a party's ballot entry form only.
Disclaimer: The commitee have endeavored to be as accurate as possible and are not subject to correspondence once the ballot is drawn. Any indiscretions are not the fault of the FWF or those involved.