Wapiti (ELK) Shane Johnston
New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps hold some of the finest Big Game Animals to be found anywhere in the world. Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand offers fair chase Hunting safaris on exclusive privately-owned land where both record book ‘Free Range’ & ‘Game Ranch’ trophies are regularly taken. In addition we personally arrange and guide safaris into the most remote corners of New Zealand and Australia – the choice is yours.
About Wapiti (ELK)
Introduced from North America in 1905, the huge Elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) has always been one of the most difficult trophies to bag in New Zealand. This huge (up to 1,000lb) deer is the largest of the round-horned deer in the world, with heads running 6×6 (12 points) and larger. The best Elk trophies often exceed sixty inches in both length and spread.
Because there are very low numbers of pure Wapiti left in the wild, free- range hunting is extremely difficult and restricted to a few very remote areas in the rugged South West of the South Island where there is a ballot system in place.
All of our Elk hunts are held on private game ranches, where the quality of the heads is carefully managed to provide the optimum trophies for our clients. As with most other deer species, the best time to hunt Elk is during their ‘Rut’ which runs from March through until the end of April. The ‘Bugle’ as it is termed is on at the same time as the Red Stag ‘Rut’, providing an ideal opportunity for the hunting enthusiast to bag a double! Elk are often hunted from February to September while their antlers are still in the ‘hard’. If you are interested in hunting a huge Rocky Mountain Elk, we could be your next destination for some of the largest Elk in the world.
Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand
The opportunities are endless, simply tell us how much time you have, what you wish to do and target and let us customise a safari for you, we recommend you fill out our Request a Quote form, we will get back to you with some more information and a detailed quote or please feel free to Contact us today to discuss your requirements (see FAQs) and we will cater a package that suits your needs!
Photo Galley of Wapiti (ELK)
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