how about posting this message in the Christchurch group; going around all the hunting shops and chatting to the owners to find out if they know of anyone who shoots rabbits for farmers and/or knows of any farmers/smallholders who might be happy for you to shoot on their land & leave your contact details with them.
What I do is ask farmers they are usually very happy for you to be getting rid of there pests for free. Also DOC would be worth asking as they would know of rabbit hot spots in your area. I usually go out spot lighting on private farm. In a good night I might shoot anywhere between 10-60 rabbits giving me enough meat for a few months. Just skin and gut the rabbits and put them in the freezer until needed.
I'm happy to find this group. I've been contemplating starting to trap the local bunnies in my area as I notice that their populations are growing. I can't hunt them with a gun since it's illegal to fire any type of weapon in the city limits. Does anyone trap them and if so what type of trap and bait are you using?
Hello there, I use traps in the winter when food is scarce. I use the live catch cage traps baited with bits of carrot. You usually have to prebait an area for a week before they will think to go in the trap. I ve had mixed results in NZ as possums like the bait as well. I have however been looking into perhaps a more successful way to catch them in the public areas: LONG NETTING. I ve attached a video so you can see what its all about : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfqSPxo_X4E