Mountain hunting can be a disease for those afflicted.
If you have ever been on a true mountain hunt, then you might know a bit of what I'm talking about.
Here is the way I see it...
Goats and sheep live in the mountains, usually above treeline and often in crazy, cliffy, gnarly, high mountain country. Pursuing goats and sheep in that amazing country gives the hunter a rare glimpse into a landscape and ecosystem that as humans we just don’t venture into often. This is the mountain hunting experience.
Once a hunter has gotten a taste of those high windswept ridges, craggy peaks, and alpine basins dotted with tarns and scree chutes, it's hard to get the memory of that hunt -- that amazing country and the beautiful animals that live up there -- out of your head.
Combine that experience with the hard physical exertion that is required to reach those places, which produces endorphines in your brain - kinda...
New Zealand has so much opportunity for the DIY, public land hunter, its amazing that it doesn't get more attention from American hunters.
Consider this: travel to the country is relatively easy, NZ's hunting regulations are minimal and the number of game species and amount of game is high -- all of this in a beautiful country full of very friendly people and with an exchange rate that makes hunting out of country very economical for the adventurous US hunter.
Here are some of the important things to know about when getting started:
Tahr, chamois, red deer and fallow deer seem to be the most commonly hunted species by international hunters. There is good reason for this.
Tahr and chamois are the most common and accessible mountain game in New Zealand - and some of the finest mountain species in the world. Similarly, red deer and fallow deer are the most common and accessible deer species,...