There are lots of tahr hunting outfitters, so what makes New Zealand Safaris different?
We are located right in the heart of the tahr’s natural habitat, we hunt private wilderness land on foot. These properties are leased long term and exclusive to New Zealand Safaris so we can manage the hunting pressure.
Tahr Hunting During The Tahr Rut
June is the time of year that many international hunters and the team at New Zealand Safaris look forward to as it marks the start of the tahr rut which typically goes through mid July. At this point in the year the males have their big winter coats, which make an impressive trophy, and the reason that tahr hunts happen in the winter months.
A bull tahr may hold upwards of 20+ nannies and kids in a heard. These larger numbers are most often seen on private, free range land due to the constant foot and helicopter hunting pressure on public lands.
Tahr have exceptional eye sight and use the terrain of their natural habitat to their advantage. Providing both shelter and protection climbing high up into the rocky cliffs during the day, descending in the evenings into lower country to feed, but only as long as they are not under constant hunting pressure.
This is why it’s so important for New Zealand Safaris together with the land owners to manage the hunting pressure. We primarily hunt three privately owned wilderness areas, ranging from 16,000-47,500 acres. Our commitment to only offering personalized, not high turn over hunts allows us to spread out where we go after the bulls each week and keeps these properties in top condition.
Don’t take our word for it, have a look at what our clients say about their New Zealand Safaris experience. Then contact us to start planning your hunting adventure!