The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation are proud to announce the commencement of the Fiordland Wapiti Area Venison Project.
In partnership with the Department of Conservation and Game Animal Council, we are removing 600 animals from the Fiordland Wapiti Area to process into 18,000 1kg wild venison mince packets. This mince will be distributed nationwide and donated to foodbanks to help out everyday kiwis in need.
The project is a win for conservationists, hunters, local job employment, and those that are struggling to feed their families post Covid-19. We have been humbled by the great collaboration between different interest groups and the countless volunteer hours that have gone in behind the scenes to get this initiative up and running. We are extremely excited about the future prospects of this project.
From the mountains of Fiordland – this venison mince is a gift to our whanau in need across New Zealand.
The FWF Story
We are a group of volunteer hunters, conservationists and public land users who have been entrusted to manage Fiordland’s wapiti deer herd in-conjunction with the Department of Conservation. We remove 1000+ deer each year to care for native flora and fauna species. In our role as guardian of this special land, we run substantial predator trapping operations to help our native whio/blue duck, and work with the Kea Conservation Trust to monitor kea populations.
Celebrity food writer Nadia Lim, leading Christchurch chef Richard Hingston and Ngāi Tahu have also designed some simple and tasty recipes to help inspire the recipient families to make the most out of the venison.
A big thanks goes to Safari Club International (NZ), New Zealand Deerstalkers Association, Central North Island Sika Foundation, Tahr Foundation and NZ Hunter Magazine who have come on board and are helping with transportation and promotion.
We want to acknowledge Southern Lakes Helicopters and Fiordland Helicopters who undertook the recovery, Fare Game for processing the venison into mince and Bowmont Wholesale Meats for providing storage.