• This is true free range stag hunting. These stags are born and bred in the wild. This outfitter is fully focused on free range and wilderness hunts only.
  • You will be hunting on the South Island.
  • There is no “formal” hunting season in New Zealand, however most hunting takes place in March through June/July generally. Prime ‘Roar’/Rut takes place between late March through to mid April.
  • Trophy quality ranges from 8-16 points (4×4 to 8×8). Stags average mid-high 200″ class.
  • High Success rate with a 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.
  • All of the hunting areas have good 4×4 road access, and hunting is spot and stalk style.
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Our free range red stag hunting in New Zealand take place on private, low fence properties throughout the South Island. These properties range in size from 10,000 to 60,000 acres, and are generally in open hill country, with some more mountainous areas. The main hunting area is 20,000 acres and around four hours drive from Christchurch city. These areas also have good numbers of tahr and some nice fallow deer. These species can easily be added onto your stag hunt.

Free Range Red Stag Hunting New Zealand

This is one of the very few New Zealand outfitters who hunts free range only.

He’s also one of the few who offers real backcountry wilderness hunts in New Zealand. They also have access to multiple private land properties which gives us a lot of options when helping you book your hunt. We’d love to help you get on this hunt. It’s a good one!

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Russ Meyer glassing for free range stags in New Zealand.

These stags are proper free range wild deer.

This is not a high fence hunt, nor are these released deer.

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 specie, combo hunts. Best dates are from 20th March through to Around 20th April. The peak of the rut is normally the first two weeks of April.

There are a number of small cabins and huts that you will probably be hunting from.

Most have power, showers and bunk beds for our hunters. Some are more basic. Sometimes, depending on the hunt or the hunter, you might be spiking out in tents. Please let us know if you any special accommodation requirements.

At Outdoors International, we understand the importance of meticulous planning and seamless logistics for a successful International hunting expedition. Our team of seasoned professionals is dedicated to providing you with a memorable and stress-free experience. From assisting with permits and licenses to arranging comfortable accommodations and reliable transportation, we and our outfitter partners take care of every detail, allowing you to focus solely on your thrilling adventure.

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My hunt was absolutely top notch.

The outfitter is a fantastic man and incredibly hard working and knowledgeable, there is no doubt he will do everything within his power to make peoples hunts successful and enjoyable. I plan to do it again with him next year for sure.

Wade Zuver

Our hunt was excellent.

We saw bucks every day along with all other sorts of wildlife. Mountain goats, bears, and foxes were common sights. Fishing and crabbing was special bonus. The food was excellent, the crew was amazing. Outdoors International did a great job of finding exactly what we were looking for.

Jesse Neveau

What an amazing experience!

The hunting lodge was out of this world!, Rooms, food and the scenery were all A+. Our guide was exceptional and had us on Shiras moose all five days. We saw over 30 total with at least 10 bulls. They had a plan for everything including taxidermy and game processing.

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