The best free-ranging sambar deer hunting in New Zealand
This is a difficult hunt for an elusive animal but considering the scarcity of hunting opportunities for Sambar deer, it doesn’t get much better. This hunt offers a rare chance to see good numbers of sambar in an area with excellent trophy quality. Good optics are essential as you will glass endlessly through this hunt.”
In the Wanganui-Manawatu region on the North Island of New Zealand, the Sambar season is only a few weekends from mid August through September. Sambar deer hunting can only take place on private land.
Success Rates and Trophy Quality
On a typical sambar stag hunt, you will see 10-20 sambar deer per day. Trophy stags are very elusive and mostly seen in poor light, early and late in the day. Success rate is around 50% on mature stags measuring from 26-30″.
There are many combo opportunities in New Zealand.
US hunters fly from LA, twelve hours across the Pacific, to Auckland New Zealand. There is also a three hour flight from Australia. Upon arrival in Aukland you will take a short one hour flight to Palmerston North regional airport. Hunters will be met by guides with 4WD vehicles and drive 2 hours to the coastal “station” (ranch) for hunting.
Accommodation on this sambar deer hunt is in comfortable cabins that have hot showers. If you wish, a luxury lodge is also available for an extra fee, and must be arranged in advance.