Rusa Deer

A treat on the
North Island

The most elusive deer in the New Zealand bush, rusa have the most narrow distribution of all of the recognized deer species here. Rusa deer seek cover during the day, time is spent sitting at first light glassing and judging them as they feed, proves to be the best way to hunt them. Male rusa deer (stags) can weigh up to 400 lbs with shots ranging from 150-250 yards this is a great New Zealand deer hunt to add to your safari.

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New Zealand Tahr Hunt

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Red Stag Roar
Red Stag Roar

Red Stag Roar

This time of the year in New Zealand is the beginning of fall, and the stags that roam the hills are coming into the most exciting time of the year, the “rut.” The “rut”, or otherwise known as the “roar” for the red deer starts in the month of March and goes through April in New Zealand.

Bull Tahr of New Zealand

Bull Tahr of New Zealand

The big black grizzly bears of the Southern Alps as we call them. The Bull Tahr are undoubtingly the undisputed champions of the mountains here in New Zealand.   These sure footed alpine animals live in the most rugged and steep terrain New Zealand has to...

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