Our hunting season is from March through August each year. These months are great for mixed bag hunts however if you wish to hunt for a big bull tahr or buck chamois then schedule your hunt for mid April through mid June. You can hunt for the deer species at any time during the season but if you wish to experience the rut or bugle then schedule early March - May.
The single most important thing that you need to bring is quality mountain hunting boots. Because our hunting territory varies from rolling hill country to steep scrub-covered mountains, you need the support of well broken-in mountain boots. We use Meindal boots but Cabelas have a good range that are suitable. You may wish to bring a second lighter pair just for the low country. Other essential items to bring are: A quality rain suit, warm hunting jacket, gloves, hat, sunglasses, small day pack, camera and binoculars.
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We recommend guns that fire a minimum 150-grain bullet. Popular calibers are 30/06, 7mm Mag, 300 win Mag. Your rifle should have a quality variable power scope, and include a soft carry case. Note: We have several good quality guns available free of charge for you to use should you not wish to travel with your own guns.
Shots will vary from 100-300 yards so you should practise longer shots. We use quality laser range finders to establish shooting distances.
You will fly into either Christchurch or Queenstown International Airport depending on your Hunting itinerary. Travel time from both airports to Hunter Hills Lodge is approximately 3 hours. We also offer the option of flying by helicopter to your base once you have arrived in New Zealand. This will provide the opportunity to incorporate some spectacular scenic viewing.
All animals are field skinned by the guide and taken to our taxidermist. We can then arrange for your taxidermy work to be completed in New Zealand or expedited.
A visitor's firearms permit is all that is required to bring your own guns into New Zealand. About 4 weeks before you are due to arrive we will send you the paperwork that will speed up your processing time when you clear customs upon arrival.
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We had several bow hunters successfully take great trophies with bow in 2006. Terrain and cover allows close stalking where required. Expect bow shots from 15-50 yards.
All trophies are prepared in the field by your guide to export doc standard. Final preparation work is done by a local taxidermist, who will also prepare export documentation.
You can arrange to have taxidermy work completed in New Zealand or sent to your local taxidermist. A guideline to costs of taxidermy and expediting/exporting/shipping can be found at our website.
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