Most clients are so excited about the big game New Zealand has to offer, they completely overlook turkey hunting opportunities.
The most commonly seen species in New Zealand is the Merrium’s turkey, and the NZ wild turkey hunting experience is one you will not forget. There is very little known about the wild turkey population in the country except that they were first introduced or escaped in 1860. Since then the wild turkeys have spread throughout the whole country.
In New Zealand, wild turkeys are not classified as a game bird for a license there are no hunting seasons so they can be hunted year round. With many of them found on private land, these wild turkeys receive very little hunting pressure. They only natural enemy of these birds is a small possum that can get into some Spring nests.
How is turkey hunting in New Zealand different from turkey hunting in North America?
Turkeys are not hunted traditionally in New Zealand by residents like they are in many parts of North America. Due to the lack of natural predators and hunting pressure the turkey population numbers that inhabit the country are very high. The adult males, or Toms often reach a very old age. We using decoys and calls is a common hunting style in North America, at New Zealand Safaris we utilize the spot and stalk style with excellent success rates.