Rusa Deer Hunt New Zealand

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  1. New Zealand Safaris

    New Zealand Safaris SPONSOR Since 2019 AH Veteran

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    Rusa Deer Hunt New Zealand

    Rusa Deer

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    Elusive and rare!

    The most elusive deer in the New Zealand bush, rusa have the most narrow distribution of all of the recognized deer species here.

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    Rusa deer are native to Indonesia, and were mistakenly introduced into New Zealand in 1907 under the impression they were sambar deer.

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    Inhabiting the central North Island's east coast of New Zealand, where they do very well in the warmer temperatures Rusa deer have course hair with exceptionally long dark antlers averaging 32+ inches with typical formation of 3x3 although some trophy rusa stags can have a non typical formation.

    Rusa deer seek cover during the day, time spent sitting at first light glassing and judging them as they feed proves to be the best way to hunt them. Male rusa deer (stags) can weigh up to 400 lbs with shots ranging from 150-250 yards this is a great New Zealand deer hunt to add to your safari.

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    With a very distinctive call the rusa stags become aggressive during their rut for the hinds (females) which is from late June to August like the sambar deer. New Zealand Safaris personally guides clients on private land in the North Island of New Zealand. We also arrange rusa deer hunts in Australia while buffalo hunting.

    A short one hour commercial flight from the South Island with your New Zealand hunting guide to the heart of the rusa deer hunting safari that awaits you. Rusa stags can be hunted from April through August, the meat of this species is considered very tender and tasty for such a big animal.


    Rusa Deer Hunting New Zealand by New Zealand Safaris posted Feb 28, 2019 at 12:51 AM
     
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  2. FallowJaeger

    FallowJaeger AH Senior Member

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    Thank you for the write up. Rusa Deer look like a challenge but an adventure. Do you have rifles and ammo for hire? How about taxidermy, do yuh have a local one your recommend?
     

  3. Susie Faue

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    Yes, we've got rifles and ammo for hire. We do have a local taxidermist that we refer to, however most clients choose to have their trophies prepared and exported to their preferred local taxidermist.
     
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  4. Witold Krzyżanowski

    Witold Krzyżanowski AH ENABLER AH Legend

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    Nice animals and beautiful trophies.
     

  5. stug

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    How many of the Rusa in the pictures were shot in NZ?
     

  6. Susie Faue

    Susie Faue New Member

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    All of the Rusa Deer in these photos are from New Zealand.
     

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