Tahr Hunting in New Zealand
Tahr hunting takes place in the most spectacular and remote parts of the Southern Alps, this is a real hunting experience.
This is the most challenging and therefore most rewarding form of hunting in New Zealand. This is comparable to sheep or mountain goat hunts of North America and Asia. The terrain and weather can make these hunts a challenge but the respect for the terrain and animals that inhabit it, is truly earned and the trophy means that much more.
Why you should consider tahr hunting New Zealand:
Hunts: HYH2, NZS2
Tahr Hunting New Zealand
Private Land Chamois/Tahr Combo Hunt
Located in the Southern Alps in New Zealand, this hunt proves to be a true mountain hunt on over 40,000 acres of private ranch land with strong populations of tahr and chamois. It is advised to be in good condition. This hunt has high success and high opportunity rates!
There are two lodges that are very nice. The first lodge is three bedrooms and can accommodate single hunters, two couples, or a small family. The second lodge is larger with four rooms and the ability to sleep ten people. Both lodges include TV, laundry, Wifi, en suites. For those that wish to camp on the property in the hunting area there is a little cabin with a fireplace, bedroom, and toilet. Whichever way you decide to go the experience will be worth it!
Each day you will start with either a home cooked breakfast or a continental breakfast. Following breakfast you will drive with your guide 20-30 minutes to your hunting destination. You and your guide will glass from the mountain roads to locate your bull. Once an animal is found you and your guide will make plans to harvest it. After you successfully make the stalk your guide will take pictures, field dress and cape your trophy. Depending on the time of year you will either eat lunch on the ranch or go back to the lodge for a lunch. Your evening will include watching film from the days activities, having dinner and relaxing.
Wilderness, Fly-in Tahr Hunt
Wilderness hunting takes place in the most spectacular and remote parts of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. No roads, no civilization, just mountains, rivers and fresh air. Tahr and chamois can be found in good to moderate numbers depending on the area and can often be found in close proximity to each other. If you wish to hunt red deer and other species we will move down to private land after your mountain hunt.
Wilderness tahr hunting in New Zealand is a real mountain hunting experience. Access the Wilderness area in a helicopter.
We access these hunts with a short but scenic helicopter trip, flying through some of the most pristine and beautiful scenery in the world. The helicopter will land at a basic campsite where tents are used as accommodation. We then day hunt the surrounding area on foot. We also have the options of ‘spike’ camping out depending on weather and fitness levels.
- Hunting season is April through July, but the best hunting is during the tahr rut in May and June.
- We focus on mature bull tahr hunting in the 8-10 year age class. These bulls have big capes and horns in the 11-14″ class.
- High Success rate. Our rifle hunts run 100% opportunity.
- You can make it a combo (and most do) by adding a chamois to your hunt.
- This is a wilderness hunt based form a tent camp.
This tahr hunt in New Zealand was the most enjoyable hunt and experience I could have imagined. Joseph and his guide Tim were most welcoming. Joseph’s knowledge of the habitat and game species was extremely impressive. His standard of targeted mature bulls (even under time constraints due to weather) was most refreshing, and quite inspiring.
I did a wilderness back country tahr hunt in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. It was an amazing adventure and Joseph is a world-class guy and hunter. We hunted hard for multiple days and got into bow range on tahr every day. The toughest part of the hunt is getting a clean shot through the brush. Ultimately, we got it done in the last couple of days and I’m grateful we got to experience the hunt with Joseph. Would definitely recommend him if you’re looking for a back country wilderness hunt for tahr, and love to adventure in the mountains.
Well I am back home after an awesome time on my New Zealand tahr hunting adventure. Certainly tahr hunting is one of the toughest things you will ever do, but there is something about it that draws you in, and one thing is for sure; you will go back and do it again, as I will. I chose to hunt public land as this is a much cheaper option than a private land hunt, albeit the tougher option.