Where should you hunt is often the first question that people ask when planning a hunting adventure away from home. Here is some high level information to help get you started.
The country of New Zealand is split into two major islands, the North Island and the South Island.
Between the two major islands and its smaller offshore islands, New Zealand has approximately 20 million acres (over 80,00 kilometers squared) in some form of public ownership. This represents almost 30% of New Zealand’s land mass.
A large portion of these public lands exist in the form of Forest Parks, Conservation Parks and National Parks -- all of which allow hunting, with a few exceptions. This creates an incredible amount of opportunity for all hunters, both kiwis and foreigners. The challenge is figuring out where to hunt!
For starters, its best to determine which main island you will focus on. Although you could definitely...
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,...