Story: Deer and deer farming

Live capture by net gun

Live capture by net gun

A New Zealand invention, the net gun was initially hand-held and later helicopter-mounted. Aiming the gun required excellent flying skills and sometimes dangerous manoeuvres, especially as deer numbers fell and the animals were more difficult to get close to. Net guns – unlike dart guns – avoided the need for drug licences, although the deer were often sedated after capture while being transported back to base.

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Canterbury University Press
Reference: David Yerex, Deer: the New Zealand story. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press, 2001, p. 93

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Ken Drew, 'Deer and deer farming - From deer stalking to helicopters', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 March 2018)

Story by Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008