New Zealand – Hunting and other Fun Stuff to do

We stayed in the Chalets, lined up on the left of the photo an and ate meals in the building in the background.

Red stags were pretty easy to find. The hunting took place inside a four thousand acre enclosure. I’m not sure what the density of stags was, but there were plenty.

On my second day of hunting, I wounded this stag with my bow and arrow. I was successful with a follow-up shot from the guide’s 7 mm mag and finished him off from 200 yards. I was disappointed that I flubbed the shot, but happy to bring home the trophy. The trophy fee for this silver medal stag was $3,000. Although he may have scored in the gold metal category, the guide told me he was silver before I shot him and he stood by that fee.

Keeping price in mind, I passed up a chance at a chamois and also a fallow deer with trophy fees of $2,000 each and settled for this feral goat which cost only $500. After repairing my bow, I still hunted for this goat and stayed within my budget. I’ll have to find a chamios and fallow deer someplace else. Maybe they’ll be in my budget next year.

The paradise duck is a very common native to New Zealand. These two were resting in the sun at the pond where I fly fished for trout.

During our stay, six of us spend a week in this nearly new Queenstown home. The view of the city and surrounding area was beautiful. The weather was mild and sunny.

Left to right: Our group included Pat and Jerry Lowery, myself and my wife Linda as well as Linda and Hal Stauff. Here we ready oruselves for a jetboat ride up a small river. Linda also parasailed from a nearby mountain.

 In this case, the photo explains more than I can say about the beauty of these mountains, called the New Zealand alps.

Milford Sound is located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island and is reachable in one day from Queenstown by small plane or bus. It’s a popular destination for tourists visiting Queenstown or other southern New Zealand resorts.

Although I caught no fish, this pond was a very nice place to fish. Linda took the photo while she observed from shore.

As we had done in Queenstown, we decided to tour the North Island by air. It was worth the cost.

These islands were located on the East Coast of the North Island in and area called The Bay of Islands. We spent a couple days at a bed and breakfast nearby.

6 thoughts on “New Zealand – Hunting and other Fun Stuff to do

  1. I’m completely jealous. I’m not much of a traveler – have no desire to, really – except to New Zealand for a red stag hunt / german brown trout fishing combo trip. I’d love to do both guided on public ground, but if not, would love to do it any way it can be done! My mouth is watering over these pics…absolutely awesome! Really, this is my dream trip over any other – including an Alaskan moose hunt.

  2. Tom: I’d recommend this trip as a “hunting light” travel experience. However, you can hunt public land and make it more challenging if you like. With my wife along, I had to water down the hunting. I’d like to go back on my own and get more serious about the hunt.

    If I make it back, I’ll most likely choose to hunt a very large ranch that is not fenced. It’s difficult to say how the fences come into play, but they are a factor. You don’t want to forget that the outfitter makes money by your success.

    These types of trips have given me a better appreciation for the North American hunting experience, where you pay for the hunt, not the animal.

    The plane trip is fairly long (14 hours), but that’s only half of what it takes to get to South Africa.

  3. This is also one of my dream hunts, I would love to get a red stag with the bow. I commend you for finishing it with the rifle. I love to bow hunt, and know the feeling of things not going quite right and not getting a good kill shot, at least you made sure you got the animal and it did not get wasted. The photos are truly amazing. I hope you really enjoyed your hunt.

  4. Interesting. So the public land hunts – do you think they are the same kind of feeling, or would they be more like hunting over here? Ever since watching videos of the red stag roaring, I’ve had an intense desire to hunt them. So similar to an elk, yet so different. And the country is just simply awesome looking – I’d love to combo on a hunting / fishing trip. Someday!

  5. Most New Zealand locals hunt in the wild. That is to say we hunt in the national parks for free. The commercial hunting ranches here are really just big farms stocked with game that appeal exclusively to tourists.

    The best way to hunt New Zealand is to get one of the many helicopter companies to drop you into one of the remote mountain huts owned by the Dept Of Conservation. You can usually hire a guide if required for about $200 to $300 USD per day. Shooting from helicopters is also available and but is regarded by locals as not very sporting.

  6. These New Zealand red stags are really massive. Scottish reds look like completely different species, half the size body wise and quarter or less trophy wise… Must be really good feeding out there.

    All the best,
    Greg

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