As a New Zealand hunting professional, I have actually helped several hundred seekers take their very first New Zealand Red Stag Hunting trip. One of the most frequently asked question is, “when is the very best time for Red Stag searching in New Zealand?” The info in this write-up is based on my firsthand experience. I have hunted the Red Deer “Holler” in New Zealand and also in Argentina. I have actually additionally hunted deer outside of the holler in New Zealand.
The greatest draw for New Zealand hunting is the Red Deer also referred to as Red Stag. Most of the Exterior television Shows, hunting publication posts and hunting reports concentrate their testimonials around searching throughout the “Roar.” The Holler is the vocal noise the red deer make throughout their rutting duration, similar in nature but completely various than that of the Rocky Hill Elk. The “Holler” usually runs around the 3rd week in March to the forth week in April. This time around period can transform +/- 7 to 10 days by the weather conditions. If New Zealand obtains a cold weather front in early March, it can speed up the Holler.
Deer searching during the Holler is an interesting time to quest and also should be experienced a minimum of once in a seeker’s life time. The stags will certainly roar around the clock. During this time period, the red deer are focusing on their areas, hinds (female red deer) and various other stags. A common rifle fired during the Roar can be well under 100 lawns. The Holler is also the most effective time for bow hunting red deer. An excellent guide should be able to obtain the bow seeker within 25 to 40 yards of his target. Blinds and also hides can likewise be established over mud wallows and also tracks offering shots at less than 35 backyards.
Weather during the Roar is typically like early September in the Rocky Hills. Anticipate the mornings to be amazing, generally in the reduced 40’s and high temperatures in the high 70’s and even perhaps low 80’s.
Red Deer Hunting can be done on both the North and South Island from late February through Mid-August. Most of the times, the red deer hunting auction will run out velvet around the 20th of February. The last ten days of February and the first 2 weeks of March, the red deer will remain in the most effective physical appearance of the year as well as ought to have no busted antlers or missing branches. They will start dropping their horns around the 3rd to fourth week of August. Red Deer in New Zealand will start fighting with other stags, normally shortly after the very first seven to 10 days in April. Hunters will begin to see some broken tines from this time around through the end of August. These deer have actually been known to fight so tough with other stags; they have in fact broken off the horns at the head plate exposing the stag’s brain. When this happens, the deer usually dies quickly thereafter.
With this being claimed, the most effective time to bow search red deer is during the Holler, from late March with late April. The most exceptional red deer hunting “holler” dates would certainly be the initial ten days in April. Late February and also very early March and also a fun time to rifle hunt red deer as well as also a great time of the year to add some New Zealand fly fishing on the side. They can be pursued with a rifle during the holler but anticipate it to be an easier quest than normal with a lot of shots possibly less than 100 lawns. Red Deer searching becomes more difficult from May via August with typical shots in the 150 to 200 backyard array.
The first week of June typically brings the initial snow of the period. Morning temperature levels average in the mid to high 30’s and highs in the mid 50’s to low 60’s. Late May, June and also July better duplicate the late loss as well as Winter months hunts we can experience in the United States. This is additionally a fun time to blend a red stag hunt with Tahr searching or Shammy searching. The cooler weather in late May starts the Tahr rut and also is likewise in charge of the Tahr as well as Shammy to turn their winter season coats darker in shade. The “lion like” hair of the Tahr will likewise go to its max length throughout this time of the year.
There are two methods to search red deer in New Zealand. The very first is called “Estate Searching.” Estate pursues are hung on large fenced cattle ranches or terminals. These terminals are typically quite huge in dimension, from 2,500 acres to 20,000 acres or more. The secure fencing enables the herdsmans to manage the herds as well as genes as well as likewise keep out local seekers as well as poachers. Monitoring in New Zealand has enabled the nation to develop the largest red deer in the world. There were 2 New Zealand red deer collected in 2009 over 6 hundred (600) inches and also one was over 650 inches. All trophy class red deer in New Zealand originate from Estates or Ranches. The fences on these stations remove the term “cost-free array” however unfair chase. Most of these buildings are incredibly big as well as the surface as well as vegetation make these hunts equally as challenging as a free range hunt.
Real free variety searching in New Zealand is available on both Government and private properties. These properties may contain cattle fencing yet this doesn’t quit the red deer from just jumping over them and moving freely about. Free variety are much smaller sized in antler dimension than the estate stags. A prize totally free range stag on personal property will have 10 to 14 factors and also will certainly score from 220 to 275 inches. Because of hunting stress and also no actual period for red stag, the public properties see a lot smaller sized stags than those on private property. It is very rare to see a “real” free range stag over 300 inches. Some property owners will certainly launch 300 inch plus red deer on their totally free array buildings. These stag can typically be identified after harvest by seeking openings in their ears where a tag made use of to be.
With the general large game open season in New Zealand closing in August as well as the united state large video game season starting in September, red deer searching in New Zealand is a wonderful way to expand your large video game hunting season.