Monday, 28 March 2016 / Published in Hunting Articles

From the middle of March the Red Stags start getting active from lying in muddy wallows to rubbing their antlers on the native plants, a change in cooler weather brings on the Stags to Start ‘Roaring’ (the rut).

Given the name. a stag call is similar to that of a lions call – a deep gutteral sound that echoes down the valleys from up high in the cool morning and evening air.

An exciting time for all as our first hunters experienced…

Thursday, 09 July 2015 / Published in Hunting Articles

July marks the end of the rut for bull tahr as they slowly move back to their bachelor groups.

Our New Zealand Safaris continue as sambar and rusa deer begin their rut through to August. Red stag hunting continues on till September.

During these winter months, rifle and bow hunting red stags, bull tahr or fallow bucks will take you to North facing slopes where big game trophies will maximise the sun.

As hunting guides in New Zealand, some will now start there season in Canada and Alaska. Our safaris now take us to Australia also, guiding on big game free range water buffalo in the remote Arnhem land, Northern Territories. This is still one of the last true wild places left to hunt dangerous game on untouched land, with high numbers of buffalo and wild boar it is a true trophy hunting adventure in the tropics.

Sunday, 11 May 2014 / Published in Hunting Articles

As the temperatures start to cool down in the South Island, our mountains are now capped in snow that will last through until October.

With this, comes the start of the rut for our mountain animals.

May is the start of the chamois rut, a small mountain antelope that weighs around 90 pounds. Fast, agile and alert, this beautiful animal lives in small family groups, with the lone Bucks now moving to find their nannies to start a new cycle of life.

The Himalayan bull tahr are also on the move, the rut is still a few weeks away but already we are seeing the bulls coming down and going through the nannies, before heading back up to rest in the rocks high above waiting impatiently.

There’s is no better time than being able to sit and glass these magnificent animals surrounded by some of the worlds most spectacular scenery right here in our South Island mountains.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Published in Hunting Articles

As we move into fall, last night’s southerly has left behind a beautiful clear day today with a couple of inches of snow on our higher Canterbury mountains including the Southern Alps.

When this occurs it causes a stirring amongst the red stags, as they now move down into the lower country searching for the female ‘hinds’. The rut for for red deer is known as ‘the roar’ after the guttural bellow that the males make which reassembles that of a lion’s roar.

The rut will go through till the end of April with a short secondary ‘roar’ in early May.

The Fallow Bucks are also Starting to move into Bachelor groups and you can now find lone bucks on the edge of the does. This marks the Start of the much anticipated hunting season in New Zealand as the weather cools, thoughts about the exciting hunts that lay ahead, and the snow capped South Island mountains that our animal grace.

We feel blessed to call this hunters’ paradise home and to be able to share with our clients the experience of our ‘New Zealand Safaris’.

Monday, 10 March 2014 / Published in Hunting Articles

New Zealand Safaris Supply: Cooking and eating gear, food, tents, sleeping bags and mats if required.

General: New Zealand is a small country surrounded by ocean. The weather is extremely changeable and can vary from hot/dry/sunshine to blizzard conditions with little warning. (There is no land between NZ and the Antarctic.) Hence light jackets and over-trousers that can be carried are valuable, clothes that you would expect to require on a late Fall hunt in Alaska are suitable.

Outer garments, hats, etc should be of subdued colours or green/brown camouflage

Your rifle should be sighted in for 200 metres, with good quality projectiles of suitable weight. (130 or 150 grain for the 270W, 150 for the 7mm, and 180 for the 300 seem about right). A good quality scope is ESSENTIAL, either 4X or vari-power.

Ensure that you have sufficient warm clothing, the above list is the MINIMUM. If you do have too much the excess can be safely stored while you are hunting. Also bring casual clothes for before and after the hunt.

  • Boots: Suitable for mountain hiking (waterproof, heavy sole). Additional light boots/road shoes for camp use are also useful.
  • Socks: Warm socks for hiking in cold conditions – minimum of 4 pairs, wool are best, as they will get wet.
  • Trousers: 1 pair of WARM hunting pants, 1 pair of light hunting pants and/or tracksuit bottoms.
  • Shirts: 2 heavy weight warm (wool preferred) shirts and 1 light shirt.
  • Jersey: 1 wool jersey, I track suit top
  • Hat: 1 wool or insulated cold weather hat, 1 sun hat (peak cap or brimmed hat).
  • Gloves: 1 pair of gloves suitable for cold weather hunting.
  • Underclothes: Minimum 2 heavy weight “T” shirts for cold conditions and 1 lightweight “T” shirt. 4 pairs of under pants and 1 pair of long john’s. (Polypropylene mountain gear recommended.)
  • Jacket: Wind/rainproof jacket – essential (insulated layer optional but useful especially in May thru September).
  • Over-Trousers: Wind/rainproof lightweight over-trousers are recommended
  • Insulated Vest: recommended optional extra especially May – September
  • Also Recommended: Sun glasses (snow glare), small day backpack for lunches, binoculars, etc
  • Optional Equipment: Sleeping bag (cold weather down or similar) and mountain pack for personal gear – only required on Wilderness Experience hunts.
  • Personal Hunting Equipment: Rifle – suitable calibres for NZ are 270W, 30-06, 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Mag or similar, ammunition – 40 rounds, knife, binoculars, cameras, video camera. Personal, Toilet, Medical gear etc…

I’m often asked what sets us apart and my answer is always the same. When we sit around the fire or kick back with friends no one tells the story about the hunt that took a few hours and involved a back massage at a fancy resort.

The story we tell is about stalking that cunning Red Stag or glassing up to those old Bull Tahr. It’s about climbing to the highest peak and finding where the mountains end and where sky begins. It’s about stalking through an ancient forest and feeling like the journey forward is a journey back. The hunt of a lifetime is as much about challenging or cunning game as it is about the journey that led to claiming it.

I’m a proud New Zealander, born and raised on the South Island…and I’ve spent a lifetime building personal relationships with private landowners to give you access to a hunting experience you’ll never forget. They are, in a word…spectacular. Endless acres and stunning scenery filled with plentiful, high quality game. Decades later, I still guide over 80% of our hunts because I love what I do as much as I love giving personal attention and building a relationship with every client. With New Zealand Safaris you’ll experience a truly customized hunting experience and discover the best of what New Zealand has to offer in the privacy of your own hunting party.

I welcome you to personally get in touch with me & give us the opportunity to discuss further our “Hunting Safari Experience”. It’s a story you’ll be telling for a long time to come.

  • “Jim your a very hard working guide and outfitter and it was great my wife could come on the hunts with us. You have have great knowledge of the land and game that you hunt it was a lot of fun. We would like to thank you both for the great time we had with New Zealand Safaris. We would recommend you to anyone looking for and great hunting experience.”
    Kevin & MaryBeth Pollock, Utah, USA
  • “Jim has an intimate knowledge of the animals and their habits. He frequently predicted what the animals were going to do before they did it. In addition, he has a complete knowledge of the tens of thousands of acres he hunts. And now for the good part. Jim is completely focused on your hunt being successful. Jim is the best outfitter-guide I have ever had."
    John Larue, Montana, USA