The Foundation was formed in 1993 and is an Incorporated Society with charitable tax status.

There is currently about 200 members from throughout New Zealand, Australia and the USA. However the Foundation is a voice for thousands of Wapiti hunters who do not hold membership but still benefit from the Foundations work.

The Foundation has a close working relationship with the Department of Conservation and is the lead organisation with the Wapiti Area Management Team. The Foundation manages a stoat control line in the Worsley Valley in conjunction with the Department of Conservation with approximately 30 km of trap line, and to date over 100 stoats have been caught in the 2 years of operation. A number of sponsors are involved including Southern Lakes Helicopters providing helicopter flying time for servicing the trap line.

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