New Zealand's Big Game Animals | New Zealand Hunt Planner

 

There are a whole pile of non-native critters that have been introduced into the wilds of New Zealand and are considered “noxious animals” by the Department of Conservation (DOC). 

 

All large mammals in New Zealand are open for hunting year round, with very few exceptions.

 

Here is a partial list of those animals.  These are the more popular species among hunters:

 

  • Himalayan Tahr
  • Chamois
  • Red Deer
  • Fallow Deer
  • Sika Deer
  • Sambar Deer
  • Rusa Deer
  • Elk (Wapiti)
  • Whitetail Deer
  • Feral Goat
  • Feral Sheep (Merino, Arapawa)
  • Feral Pig


Lets jump in and take a look at each one as a possible target species for a DIY hunter.

 

Himalayan Tahr

Location -- South Island

Public Land, DIY Opportunity -- High

Himalayan Tahr are a fantastic mountain game animal.  They are quite literally the king of the mountain...as long as that mountain is located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

 

Tahr are a large wild goat with a full bristling mane and a...

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