New Zealand is famous for its’ Red Stags and for good reason. Red deer were released throughout the country in the late 1800s and early 1900s from premier herds in Scotland and England. These animals flourished, producing some amazing trophies. Red deer are found throughout New Zealand and live in low forest country all the way up to and above the timber line. New Zealand has a reputation for the ‘biggest stags’ in the world, and New Zealand does offer some of the best ‘estate’ stags in the world. The reality is if it’s really big it’s either from a hunting estate/game park/deer farm, or once was. We do not believe in ‘hunting’ high fenced or farm bred animals. Free range red stags generally have antlers in the 250-300-inch bracket sporting 10-16 points with a few exceptional trophies going 300+ inches. Generally, if it’s bigger than that it is not a genuine free-range animal.
We differ from most New Zealand outfitters in that we ONLY hunt real free-range wild Red stags. Due to the unrestricted hunting on public land/wilderness areas we hunt Stags on several large private areas. We have areas in the top of the South Island(Marlborough) which have a large number of deer usually in the 200-250″ class. We also have premier hunting blocks in South Canterbury where the stags are generally larger in the 250-300″ class.Our Stag hunting areas are relatively open and mountainous and this can be a physically demanding hunt. These areas are completely free range and stags can come and go as they please. For the real hunter, chasing wild red stags is an exciting and challenging hunt. Stags can be hunted from February (hard velvet/stripping) through into the winter, June/July. The most popular time to hunt stags is during the Rut or ‘Roar’. The Roar is generally from mid-March-late April with the peak of the rut normally around the first 2 weeks of April. If you are looking for a genuine challenge with a trophy to be proud of, come and hunt Red Stags with us.