NEW ZEALAND: Red Stag Hunt With Kiwi Wilderness Safaris

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Nice stag but.... you deliberately shot an animal from behind? o_O
 

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I thought the same thing but my guide said shoot and since it was the first good/great one we saw in three days I wasn't going to argue with him since he could have dropped over the hill not to be seen again! The distance was so much it only got a leg just above the knee.
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Here are the four shots the second and third ones were broadside but the bullet drop didn't touch it. Last shot was about 230 allmost straight down hill and Peter said put the cross hairs on his back dropped him.
 

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I thought the same thing but my guide said shoot and since it was the first good/great one we saw in three days I wasn't going to argue with him since he could have dropped over the hill not to be seen again! The distance was so much it only got a leg just above the knee.
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Here are the four shots the second and third ones were broadside but the bullet drop didn't touch it. Last shot was about 230 allmost straight down hill and Peter said put the cross hairs on his back dropped him.

I appreciate you travelled around the world to go after your dream animal. Which you got, so congrats on that. However, If thats the ethics of your guide, then certainly one I wont ever hunt with.
 

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Like your Red Stag. Where did you get yours?
I got my dream and more how about you?
 

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I just finished my hunt with Peter at Kiwi Wilderness Safaris. When I left for New Zealand I knew the weather was saying that most of the time I would be there was about 80% chances of rain.
The four day I was there to hunt it rained all the time.
Now the hunt. I had every thing I owned to keep me dry. Peter made every effort to make my hunt a success. The first day we heard some roaring but didn't see any red stags. Day two would have been perfect if we were hunting for Fallow Deer. I watched a gold level one for about an hour as we were watching two sides of a valley. Animals were moving everywhere except Red Stags.
Later in the afternoon we had moved to a different location in the rain and several hinds came out of a stand of trees followed by a stag. He followed the hinds around roared a couple times but he was smaller than I was looking for so we just watched him as long as he was there and then headed in for the night.

Day three started off the same with rain. We headed up to a different spot and since it was just misting we started down a ridge looking at both sides for red deer. Several hinds came out of the brush and crossed over the top in front of us. We stopped to look for stags below us or across on the other side of the valley we were above.

Peter was looking down our side so I looked down the ridge in front of us and a great looking Stag came up on the top and started walking away from us. I tapped Peter and said "is that a good one?" and he said that is a monster. He was at the end of the ridge and instead of going down away from us he turned and started down the side we were looking at. Peter put shooting sticks up in front of me as we were sitting on the ground and said take a shot. The stag had stopped but was facing away from us. I told Peter that all I had was its butt and he said take a shot.

In the excitement we didn't range anything and my shot ended up about a foot down from where I was aiming. The stag stayed on our side and just went several feet down the hill and stopped so I took another shot but didn't seem to hit anything. The stag started to go down the hill kind of fast but stopped again just before going over an edge in the middle of our side of the valley. Another shot but know hit. The stag went out of sight. We got up and started down the hill below us to get past the bushes that were cutting off our view. That took some time but when I got past the brush I was looking over to the side the stag had been on and couldn't see anything. I heard Peter say there he is, so I said where and he said going up the other side. We sat down and I got the sticks again.

On the way down the hill Peter saw I had the gloves that I use during archer season on and said I should take them off they might be messing up my shooting.
The Stag stopped about 50 feet up the other side. I had Peter crank up the power on my scope as I had the stag in it. He said put the cross hairs on it back and that is where I was so I sent another shot go. The gloves might have been the problem since I nailed him and he tumbled about half the way down the hill into some of the larger bushes.

I could tell that his head was still moving around so thought I must have spined him.
We moved down the hill to a closer distance and then Peter went the rest of the way as I stayed there in case the stag got back up.
When he got to the stag he called to me to come down. We could tell the only part of the stag that was still moving was the head. His lower half was dead. I put in a lung shot and we let him die.
We pulled him out of the bush he ended up in and I saw how great a Red Stag that I had just got for a trophy was.
We pulled him down through the bushes he was stuck in and took pictures.
Here is one of the pictures of me and the Red Stag.
View attachment 178910
More later.
Tom

That's an incredible stag. New Zealand is known its quality deer. Must be the cool climate and pasture.
Congratulations on such a superb stag.
 

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I'm headed to NZ in two weeks. Can't wait!
 

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Ample Hunting on North island near Gisborne.

I'll write a report when we get back!
 

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Wow magnificent deer....... great effort in the rain.being a kiwi we are used to this type of hunting ..Ive just been to South AFrica and certainly different kind of hunting there compared to Down under
 

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Who did you hunt with? What kind of trophies did you go after?
My hunt was celebrating my 65th Bday. Only my 4th pay hunt hope to get my mount by my birthday.
Tom
 

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Bhfs300, I hope you were just kidding when you suggested that AH wasn't the proper place to post your hunt. It was a thrill for all of us to see a Red Stag with a rack like that.
 

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Well this might be the end of this thread.
Just got a message from Dennis Harris with some pictures. I will just print a couple of his photos and let him have the honors of posting more.
 

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Bhfs300 we need to get together when you get these back. I need to see that thing in person! That is just an unreal stag!
Congratulations and thanks for sharing the report and pictures with us!

Hi Ridgewalker
Looks like I will have my Stag home in the beginning of December.
When I get it on the wall will be posting a picture so you can drop by and see it.

Tom
 

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Outstanding trophy and great taxidermy! I'm sending mine to Dennis too.
 

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Hi Ridgewalker
Looks like I will have my Stag home in the beginning of December.
When I get it on the wall will be posting a picture so you can drop by and see it.

Tom
That would be great! I’d really enjoy getting to see that monster! Just give me a call. Thanks!
 

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I just finished my hunt with Peter at Kiwi Wilderness Safaris. When I left for New Zealand I knew the weather was saying that most of the time I would be there was about 80% chances of rain.
The four day I was there to hunt it rained all the time.
Now the hunt. I had every thing I owned to keep me dry. Peter made every effort to make my hunt a success. The first day we heard some roaring but didn't see any red stags. Day two would have been perfect if we were hunting for Fallow Deer. I watched a gold level one for about an hour as we were watching two sides of a valley. Animals were moving everywhere except Red Stags.
Later in the afternoon we had moved to a different location in the rain and several hinds came out of a stand of trees followed by a stag. He followed the hinds around roared a couple times but he was smaller than I was looking for so we just watched him as long as he was there and then headed in for the night.

Day three started off the same with rain. We headed up to a different spot and since it was just misting we started down a ridge looking at both sides for red deer. Several hinds came out of the brush and crossed over the top in front of us. We stopped to look for stags below us or across on the other side of the valley we were above.

Peter was looking down our side so I looked down the ridge in front of us and a great looking Stag came up on the top and started walking away from us. I tapped Peter and said "is that a good one?" and he said that is a monster. He was at the end of the ridge and instead of going down away from us he turned and started down the side we were looking at. Peter put shooting sticks up in front of me as we were sitting on the ground and said take a shot. The stag had stopped but was facing away from us. I told Peter that all I had was its butt and he said take a shot.

In the excitement we didn't range anything and my shot ended up about a foot down from where I was aiming. The stag stayed on our side and just went several feet down the hill and stopped so I took another shot but didn't seem to hit anything. The stag started to go down the hill kind of fast but stopped again just before going over an edge in the middle of our side of the valley. Another shot but know hit. The stag went out of sight. We got up and started down the hill below us to get past the bushes that were cutting off our view. That took some time but when I got past the brush I was looking over to the side the stag had been on and couldn't see anything. I heard Peter say there he is, so I said where and he said going up the other side. We sat down and I got the sticks again.

On the way down the hill Peter saw I had the gloves that I use during archer season on and said I should take them off they might be messing up my shooting.
The Stag stopped about 50 feet up the other side. I had Peter crank up the power on my scope as I had the stag in it. He said put the cross hairs on it back and that is where I was so I sent another shot go. The gloves might have been the problem since I nailed him and he tumbled about half the way down the hill into some of the larger bushes.

I could tell that his head was still moving around so thought I must have spined him.
We moved down the hill to a closer distance and then Peter went the rest of the way as I stayed there in case the stag got back up.
When he got to the stag he called to me to come down. We could tell the only part of the stag that was still moving was the head. His lower half was dead. I put in a lung shot and we let him die.
We pulled him out of the bush he ended up in and I saw how great a Red Stag that I had just got for a trophy was.
We pulled him down through the bushes he was stuck in and took pictures.
Here is one of the pictures of me and the Red Stag.
View attachment 178910
More later.
Tom

Be Zealand deer are of world class standard.
The stag is just simply awesome!
 

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It is on its way to Denver will post more in the next couple days!
Tom
 

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