This Outfitter provides some of the best Free Range Sika deer hunting in New Zealand. Manchurian Sika deer were introduced into the Kaimanawa Ranges in the central North Island of New Zealand in 1905. They have thrived in the beech forests, manuka scrub and open tussock country of the Kaimanawas and are now consistently producing world class trophies!
New Zealand Sika stag hunting is very good. You will be free range trophy hunting on a remote and large private station where Sika deer are numerous, with 20-40 or more seen per day. These Sika deer have very light hunting pressure, and thus are able to reach their full maturity and grow antlers of outstanding trophy quality. Trophy stags are typically 4×4 with antler length 24″-32″.
Expect to do alot of glassing from high points, until a trophy red stag is located and the stalk is planned. The best times to hunt Sika deer are last week of February through to mid May, with April being the rut. Winter hunting through September can also be rewarding, although snow is likely. Sika deer are alert and difficult to hunt, vocal when alarmed, but also curious and territorial so respond to challenging roars during the rut. Vegetation here comprises grassland, tussock, manuka scrub and native bush. Contour varies from river flats to rolling hills up to 5,000 feet altitude.
Accommodation is in comfortable cabins with hot shower or by arrangement in a luxury lodge.
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.
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