The huge Elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) has always been one of the most difficult trophies to bag in New Zealand.

This huge (up to 1,000lb) deer is the largest of the round-horned deer in the world, with heads running 6×6 (12 points) and larger. The best Elk trophies often exceed sixty inches in length.

Because there are very low numbers of pure Wapiti left in the wild, free- range hunting is extremely difficult and restricted to a few very remote areas in the rugged South West of the South Island where there is a ballot system in place.

Closely related to red deer, they rapidly hybridized and it is thought unlikely that any purebred elk remain in the wild.

HUNTING NEW ZEALAND ELK

...A Few Things To Know

Your guide will give you a indication of what score he will be, we are focused on what the client likes in antlers foremost. If the bull goes over that score break the client is not obliged to pay an upgrade unless previously discussed, its about the hunt and what our client likes over score.

From there we plan our approach to get into a suitable range between 80 - 250 yards and take time to make the shot. Bow hunting on these guys will get your heart pumping with average shots at approx. 40 yards where we can use cover, calling and blinds to get in close this is great for non hunters to take part in the hunt and capture some amazing photos.

Like the red deer, New Zealand elk rut (bugle) in March and April but can be hunted from the middle of February until September. 

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