Free Range Red Stag Hunt in New Zealand (South Island)
Free Range Red Stag Hunts in New Zealand
- Hunting season is March-June
- Prime ‘roar’/rut takes place between late March through to mid April
- Stags are born and bred wild stags. They range from 8-16 points (4×4 to 8×8) averaging mid- to high 200″ class.
- High success rate-100% opportunity on rifle hunts
- Can easily be combined with tahr and fallow deer
- A good to moderate level of fitness is helpful on this hunt
These free range red stag hunts take place on private properties (low fence) throughout the South Island of New Zealand. These properties range in size from 10,000 to 60,000 acres, and are generally open hill country, with some more mountainous country. The main hunting area is 20,000 acres and around four hours drive from Christchurch city. This property also has good numbers of tahr, and some fallow deer, and they can easily be added onto your stag hunt.
All of the hunting areas have good 4×4 road access, and hunting is spot and stalk style. You will leave the camp every day in the vehicle and locate and stalk stags on foot. Hunts are generally 5 days, but can be extended for those wishing to hunt multiple species. Best dates are from 20th March through to Around 20th April. The peak of the rut is normally the first two weeks of April.
These are proper wild, free range stags. This is not a high fence hunt, nor are these released deer.
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