Rising out of the pristine waters of New Zealand’s Great Lake, Taupo, the Hauhungaroa ranges lay silhouetted against the lakes western sunset. The bush-clad valleys, ridges, saddles and clearings are the home of wild red deer. For 30 years I have hunted them, first as a meat hunter, then for sport and meat for my own use. The stories in this book are a collection of memorable stalks that I’ve had. More
With Red deer being a species introduced to NZ, there are no restrictions on hunting them. There are large areas of public forest here that can be hunted 365 days of the year, all that is needed is to get a hunting permit, which is free, and to take the time to get there.
For the last 30 years, I have been hunting, first as a commercial meat hunter, until the game buying chillers were shut down, since then because I enjoy hunting so much, I’ve been stalking deer for meat for my own use. It is a challenging sport chasing deer on their home ground, but the thrill of the hunt and the enjoyment of just being out in the New Zealand backcountry is what keeps me going back every chance I get.
As I leave camp before dawns light hits the forest, I never quite know just how the mornings hunting will go. Whether stalking clearings in the springtime or chasing roaring Stags in the autumn, it is always good to be hunting the Reds of the Hauhungaroa Ranges.
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