Mountain Hunting's Greatest Value | New Zealand Hunt Planner

 

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...

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Safety In The Southern Alps | New Zealand Hunt Planner

 

 

The mountains of New Zealand are steap and rugged - even by Alaska standards.  Here is what you need to know in order to survive your hunting adventure in the Southern Alps.

 

If you are going to hunt New Zealand, you can hunt the mountains, or you can steer clear of the big stuff and hunt the hill country.  Real quick, here are the species that will likely take you into big mountain country...

 

Tahr and chamois are definitely included as ‘mountain game’ and live on the east and west coasts of the Southern Alps.  Red deer are often found in the alpine, so they would qualify as well.  Fallow deer and most of the other deer species (Sika, Rusa, Sambar) are typically found at lower elevations and are more prevalent on the North Island. 

 

The bottom line is that if you want to do a tahr, chamois or free-range red deer hunt in New Zealand, you’ve got to go into it with your eyes wide open and be prepared...

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