New Zealand fallow deer are numerous and relatively unpressured.
The Coastal Wairarapa in the South East of the North Island consistently produces free range Fallow deer of the best quality available in New Zealand. Hunting free range in New Zealand is a rare occurance and will leave you with a lasting memory. Get More Information
Trophy fallow deer bucks can be hunted March through September with the rut, when bucks give a croaking call being in April.
New Zealand fallow deer hunting is usually accessed by 4WD and ATV and typical hunting method is spot and stalk. Fallow deer can be found close by the homestead, but also throughout the property from coastal flats to remote basins in the hills. Expect to do alot of glassing from high points, until a trophy fallow buck is located and the stalk is planned.
Vegetation is grassland, tussock, manuka, tawhine scrub and native bush. Contour varies from coastal and river flats to easy basins then rolling hill to steep limestone bluffs.
Success Rates and Trophy Quality
Fallow deer are widespread in New Zealand. They are highly gregarious and are frequently seen in large groups in open country. They have several colour phases. Most common is black or ginger with white spots. A few are brown or menil and rarely a white specimen will be seen. The striking palmated antlers of a Fallow buck are often compared with those of a moose. Trophy racks are up to 30″ long with large palms and many points, often 6 to 12 points per side.
So in some places both Red stag, wild boar, and Fallow buck can be hunted at once. New Zealand also offers very good bird hunting and fishing.
These deer have very light hunting pressure, and thus are able to reach their full maturity and grow antlers of outstanding trophy quality. “
Hunters will fly from LA across the Pacific, a 12 hour direct flight to Auckland or from Australia a 3 hour flight across the Tasman. Hunters bringing their own rifles will proceed to the Police booth where they will obtain a one year tourist firearms licence (have $NZ 25 currency for this). Then transfer by domestic air to Palmerston North regional airport – one hour flight. Hunters will be met by guides with 4WD vehicles and drive 2 hours to the coastal “station” (ranch) for hunting.
Accommodations and Food
For groups, accommodation will be in the homestead. This is a large style villa with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large lounge with open fire, dining room and kitchen. Sun decks look out onto gardens and the tennis court. All meals and beverages are included in the hunt and will be prepared on the premises. New Zealand food is noted for its freshness and tasty nature. Wild game features on the menu along with NZ beef and lamb plus abundant seafood from the Wairarapa coast. Paua (abalone) and crayfish (lobster) are local delicacies readily obtainable simply by diving with a snorkel. Moki, blue cod and butterfish are excellent local tablefish. A variety of excellent local wine is also provided.
For single hunters or those wanting to spike camp there is a cabin available with a hot shower, power and flush toilet. There is also a mountain cabin with rainwater tanks, open fire and a swimming hole in the creek – located right in the middle of the best hunting country!
Non hunters can relax at the homestead or enjoy a tour of the property by 4WD. Coastal seal colonies provide great photo opportunities along with some amazing coastal landforms like Honeycomb Rock.
Take a one hour drive to town and enjoy wine trails, abalone and jade jewellery, antique shops, local art galleries and visiting a sanctuary for rare native birds including the Kiwi and Takahe.
A day trip by train to the capital city of New Zealand, Te Papa can also be arranged where the National Museum can be visited, followed by shopping while wandering through the quaint streets around the harbour.