Weapons and Strategies | New Zealand Hunt Planner

 

With a dozen big game species and a variety of habitats from glaciated mountains to coastal plains to thick, dark forests, New Zealand has a huge amount of variety for the keen hunter.  You would be hard pressed to hunt every game animal in every habitat, even if you stayed hard after it for a couple of months.

 

In addition to the dizzying variety, every hunter has to choose for his or herself what weapon they will hunt with and what hunting strategy or strategies they will utilize on their hunt.  For some this will be easy, for others it might be a bit more of a difficult decision. Here are a few tips to help you choose.

Bowhunting

Unless you are a diehard muzzleloader hunter like good ol’ Jim Shockey, the choice of what weapon to take will generally come down to and decision between rifle vs bow.  

 

Bowhunting is (unfortunately) not a very popular pastime in New Zealand.  When I landed in Christchurch on my first trip to New...

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The Seasons, The Weather And The Rut | New Zealand Hunt Planner

 

They say that timing is everything.  Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s hard to deny that timing in hunting, as well as almost every other aspect of life, is critical if you are trying to stack the odds of success in your favor.

 

If you are trying to figure out when to go to New Zealand, there are three basic criteria that I suggest considering in order to make your decision -- the seasons, the weather and the rut.  Let's take a quick look at each one and I'll offer my recommendations on how to prioritize each one.

 

Seasons 

One of the most exciting aspects of hunting in New Zealand for the Northern Hemisphere (American) hunter is the ability to hunt prime fall hunting seasons during the off season.

 

In case you didn’t know...March, April and May are fall in New Zealand, while September, October and November are New Zealand’s springtime.

 

To add to the list of opposites, in New Zealand the sun rotates...

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