Meet Reece, on his second free ranging and wild on foot tahr hunt with us, on our private land. On this hunt Reece got an 8 year old bull tahr, with 13 inch horns.
These properties have excellent mountain roads which allows us to cater to all levels of hunters. From glaciers to river valleys non-hunters have an opportunity to enjoy the scenery and watch the game.
Our properties are all within 40 minutes of our main hunting lodge, or we can camp out in the back country cabins.
You can tell the age by counting the rings on the horns and the lamb tips. On a tahr hunt, a bull is considered mature and a trophy when he reaches 6 years old. On private land exclusive to New Zealand Safaris animals are not under constant hunting pressure so get time to reach maturity and their full potential which makes for some amazing tahr hunting.
When field judging on a tahr hunt, include factors such as body size, cape and colour are important after length of horns 12+ inches is considered a trophy.
Averaging at 270 lbs these are truly magnificent animals and an amazing hunt in some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see. If you truly value sheep hunting and the mountains and scenery that go hand in hand with this big game hunt, then you will love hunting with us, many bring the non hunter also to be in these amazing places. If clients would prefer we can utilize a helicopter for access up onto the tops for day hunts.
The rut runs from around late May to the end of July with hunting from February to the end of November. If you are looking to plan a tahr hunt, get in touch with us.
There are 11 big game New Zealand animals to hunt, 4 varmints, and a variety of birds including turkey and ducks. Due to a lack of management on government land, the trophy animals are typically much larger and older on private land because of the lack of hunting pressure, improved genetics and food quality.
Himalayan Tahr, also known as ‘the king of the mountain’ in New Zealand Bull Tahr are only found in the South Island of New Zealand. The trophy Bull Tahr population heavily concentrated along the central part of the Island both West and East coasts. Judging a trophy Bull Tahr can be tricky in the warmer months, finding them alone can be a real challenge. You really need to look in heavy native cover, the older Bulls will seldom come out at all if it is hot, maybe making it to the fringes at dark and gone by first light. High quality optics are essential, using both binoculars and spotting scope, you pay for what you get in glass so there really is no substitute.
There are lots of tahr hunting outfitters, so what makes New Zealand Safaris different?