New Zealand Hunting
We conduct hunts for big game from mid February (fall) through to August. The end of April to August is the prime time for Chamois and Tahr hunting as this is when they have their full winter coats (manes). The rut for the Red Stag, Wapiti (Elk), and Fallow Stag is mid March until the end of April, however they can be taken all season. The other deer species rut at different times but all can be secured throughout the season. We enjoy a very high success rate on our hunts.
Travel Arrangements to New Zealand
Daily flights leave Los Angeles and fly directly to Auckland which is your point of entry to New Zealand. This is where you clear customs. From there you fly south to Christchurch, (approximately 1 hour flight). We strongly suggest you arrive 1-2 days before your hunt begins to acclimatize and rest after your flight.
Importation of Firearms
The importation of firearms is easy and New Zealand is very hunter friendly. On arrival in NZ all firearms are declared to the Auckland Police at port of entry. Visit the New Zealand Police website to obtain and complete a visitors firearms license application form. It should not take more than 10 minutes to clear your guns on arrival.
Suitable calibers for NZ are 270, 30-06, 300MAG, 7mm MAG. Shots vary in distance from 100 – 300 yards. Ensure rifles are sighted in and that the projectiles loaded are of premium quality.
In New Zealand it is possible to take additional animals once you are here, even though you have not booked for them. Additional trophy hunts are arranged with us on the spot and charges can be negotiated at the time.
Red Stag, Elk & Fallow Stag Hunting
The rut or roar begins around March 17th and continues to the end of April, (depending on the season). We hunt Red stags, Elk, Fallow, Rams, feral goats and Boar in our own private game ranch. Accommodation is in our luxury hunting lodge and is situated within the estate.
Tahr & Chamois Hunting
Their rut begins May and goes through to early July. This is when they are in their full winter coats. We hunt Tahr and Chamois successfully from March through to September. There are two options for hunting Tahr and Chamois. Either on foot which requires a very good level of fitness, much the same as a sheep hunt, or we use the Helicopter to assist to the top of the mountain. In New Zealand it is legal to fly and hunt on the same day. Our exclusive concessions to hunt Tahr and Chamois cover several hundred thousand acres of the Southern Alps in the South Island. This allows our hunters to shoot magnificent big old Bull Thar and Chamois as seen on our website. If you wish to hunt on foot, we would advise you budget on 5 days hunting, minimum, operating out of tent camps or mountain hunts.
Expediting of Trophies
Field preparation of trophies is included in the day rate. After your hunt we deliver them to our Expeditor who salts, crates and prepares all paper work and delivers them to the shipper to ensure easy entry to your country. This cost is not included and is paid direct to the Expeditor and shipper. Every care and attention is taken to ensure your trophies arrive in excellent condition to your Taxidermist.
For Tahr and Chamois hunts, depending on your physical ability and time, we can suggest the use of a helicopter to access our higher hunting area in the Alps. If you choose this option budget approximately NZ$2000-$2500. Keep in mind that helicopter assist is an option and you do not have to use it.
New Zealand Climate
Remember that our seasons are opposite to North America and Europe i.e. our summer is the Northern Hemisphere winter.
February and March – summer temperatures ranging, 70 -90 degrees Farenheit.
April and May – autumn (fall), temperatures ranging, 60 – 70 degrees Farenheit.
June and July – winter, temperatures ranging, 35 – 52 degrees Farenheit.
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