To become a Master Bowhunter the bowhunter must achieve “5 Small Game Awards” and “5 Big Game Awards”. The five Big Game Awards are achieved when the bowhunter takes 5 different Big Game species from the New Zealand Bowhunters Society (NZBS) Big Game list.
Big Game Species Point Allocation:
|NZ Wapiti Deer||8|
|Pig (dressed weight 15kg or greater)||5|
|Kingfish (15kg or greater)||4|
|South Island Wallaby||2|
|Stingray (20kg or greater)||1|
|Tiger Sharks (20kg or greater)||7|
|Blue Sharks (20kg or greater)||3|
|School & Seven Gilled Sharks (20kg or greater)||3|
|All other sharks (20kg or greater)||5|
Note: Game taken with the aid of artificial light is not eligible as Big Game
The 5 Small Game Awards are achieved when the bowhunter takes 5 small game awards. Each Small Game taken is rewarded with a point value. An accumulation of small game points goes toward the award. Each Small Game Award requires an increasing accumulation of points. Only 20 points from any one species may be included for an individual award. Excess points from each Award can be carried over to the next award. The New Zealand Bowhunters Society currently has 115 Master Bowhunters.
|First Small Game Award||White||20 points|
|Second Small Game Award||Black||additional 30 points|
|Third Small Game Award||Blue||additional 50 points|
|Fourth Small Game Award||Red||additional 70 points|
|Fifth Small Game Award||Gold||additional 100 points|
Small Game Species Point Allocation
|Mammal / Marsupial||Points|
|Pig under 15kg||10|
*Denotes use of artifical light
|Kingfish (under 15kg)||10||Dogfish||8|
|Shark (under 20kg)||10||Snapper||8|
|Stingray (under 20kg)||5||John Dory||3|
|Kelp Fish||2||Koi Carp||1|
|Sole||1||Any other fish||1|
Note: NZ Fisheries bag and size limits apply at all times. Please check the recreational fishing rules here. Additionally minimum length for fish is 250 mm.
Advanced Small Game Awards
The Advanced Small Game Award system is designed to provide further challenges for those bowhunters who have gained their 5th Small Game Award. The emphasis is on shooting a listed variety of game but only one of each species listed needs to be taken.
The Awards Are:
One each of Small Game Pig, Small Game Wallaby, Goat-minimum horn spread of 760mm (30inches) , Hare, Rabbit, Possum, Rat, and any one of Ferret, Weasel, Stoat. A total of eight animals.
One each of Turkey, Magpie & Myna, plus one of either a Crow or Peacock. A total of four birds.
One each of Small Game Stingray, Eel- minimum weight 5kg, Mullet, Parore, Flounder and any five of the following species: Small Game Shark, Kingfish, Kahawai, Snapper, John Dory, Butterfish, Octopus, Carp, Blue Code, Dogfish, Trevally, Mackerel, and Barracuda. (Any other species of fish claimed which the committee consider merits inclusion will be added to this section.) A total of ten fish.
Advanced Big Game Awards
The Advanced Big Game Award system is designed to provide further challenges for those bowhunters who have gained their Master Bowhunter Award.