Fallow deer were among the first to be successfully introduced to New Zealand.

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Fallow Bucks are a striking trophy… vivid coloration in their coats, they are also the only other species to have unique palmated antlers like a moose. Introduced from Europe, they have spread through much of New Zealand and are now well established…and we have some of the biggest bucks in the world! This is an ideal hunt if you are an “antler lover”.

Our free range hunts are conducted at one of the top private properties in New Zealand. With outstanding trophy heads this property is home to one of the highest populations of pure wild fallow deer. Glassing from the truck into the rolling foot hills this hunt has similar aspects to that of a mule deer hunt. Capes on bucks vary from brown, meinal, to white and spots that run through the back on all phases.

In New Zealand, there is no seasonal restriction to hunting fallow deer, meaning generally they can be hunted throughout the year


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Hunters have the option of free range or fair chase estate hunts. The estate hunt is on 3000 acres where some of these wary bucks will rival some of the biggest in the world scoring in inches between 220 and 300+ SCI. Spot and stalk is preferred, it is very common to walk up on bucks hiding in very little cover so quiet and deliberate foot steps are required at times to get into range between 30-250 yards. Free range hunting is on private wilderness land which is one of the top properties in New Zealand for both quality, age and numbers which is exclusive to New Zealand Safaris. 

Small in size and well muscled, fallow deer weighing around 200lbs, they have incredible speed and agility so time must be taken when stalking these deer.

An all round exciting deer hunt this is a great combination in timing with the Red Stag, Elk and Sika rut which runs from early April to mid May.

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