We are justifiably proud of this outfitter of ours He was named the PROFESSIONAL HUNTER OF THE YEAR recently by the prestigious Safari Club!! Considering the thousand of professional outfitters out there- this is an awesome honor!! So if you want some of the very best guiding and hunting there is any where in the world- this hunt is for you! And the touring options for non-hunters are truly exciting as well!! Butch and Joan personally hunted this operation along with a bunch of their clients taking stag, elk, chamois, fallow, boar and tahr. We unhesitatingly endorse it and you will love it. Here is a picture of Joan’s 337 class stag:
Joan’s 337 Stag – Butch is envious!
One thing we really like about this outfitter is his expressed preference to us to do package pricing, not the “so much per inch of horn” rule which is prevalent in much of New Zealand and elsewhere. He gives you a package price- you chase the biggest animal you can find in that package, all at one price. And his prices are relatively reasonable. So if you are one of those hunters who is not thrilled with asking your guide 8 or 10 times a day-“How much is it to shoot that one?”—then this is the operation for you. We ourselves are not crazy about asking that question- it feels too much like we are going shopping- not hunting. We prefer to be cut loose with our guide to shoot the best critter we can find! And we know beforehand the price-no surprises!! However, that said, do not be afraid of trophy fees, especially when hunting the giants! The giants cost money, and you must be prepared to pay for that privilege. He has also recently introduced a new bargain-priced option of a 5-day/4 night hunt for any stag up to 340” for just $5,000 per person (Joan’s stag pictured above was a 337”)! This hunt must be done 2×1, so take a buddy, your spouse or your kid!
We had a recent client book this hunt, taking a 600 class stag, an elk of almost 400 class and a giant fallow buck as well, taking three giant animals in under a week of hunting! Here is a picture of Peter B’s stag:
600 class stag by our client.
This outfitter has at present two different ranches to hunt from. Most hunters stay at his main Wilderness lodge looking up the valley toward Mt. Cook and its glaciers! His other Lodge is a 2 hour drive. Each lodge has a full time cook and all the amenities of home. A third lodge is for waterfowlers. His main lodge is magnificent in every way. Each guest (or pair of guests, has their own room set up much like a luxury hotel, with private bath. Huge dining room with magnificent mountain views. Rumor has it the building cost in excess of $1 million US to construct!
Food was absolutely delicious, chef prepared, waitress served, great wines- simply everything gourmet and top notch in all aspects. In Fact this whole hunt here was like that- you can run out of superlatives describing it!
OUTFITTER HAS A “HUNT SATISFACTION GUARANTEE!” If no shooting opportunity presents itself; or if the guides, the efforts made, the organization or the lodging is inadequate, you get a full refund!! Also, he has an in-house trophy crating operation- no lost trophies!! He alone in NZ does this.
YOU MAY USE BOW OR GUN- YOUR CHOICE! And he gives you a package price- you chase the biggest animal you can find in that package, all at one price. And his prices are relatively reasonable. So if you are one of those hunters who is not thrilled with asking your guide 8 or 10 times a day-“How much is it to shoot that one?”—then this is the operation for you. We ourselves are not crazy about asking that question- it feels too much like we are going shopping- not hunting. We prefer to be cut loose with our guide to shoot the best critter we can find! And we know beforehand the price-no surprises!! However, that said, do not be afraid of trophy fees, especially when hunting the giants! The giants cost money, and you must be prepared to pay for that privilege.
RED STAG : The Stag rut or roar begins late March and continues through to early May. During this time, the Stags become very vocal and aggressive. Stag and Fallow deer are hunted on large privately owned fenced hunting estates, but some free range too. The terrain on these estates varies from small rolling bush covered hills to mountainous terrain. It helps to be in shape as you must earn your animals, BUT HE CAN HANDLE ANYONE! We really like his 5 day package that gives you a full three days of hunting. You are looking for stags in the 320 to 360 class.
A 5 day, 4 night package has 1X1 guiding. For 2X1 please enquire. You are looking for any stag in the 320 to 360 class. (Joan’s stag in picture was a 337). Hunt for the biggest you can find in that class range! You will be hunting approximately 40,000 private acres, both free range and high fence.
GOLD MEDAL: If you wish to upgrade – call us. But for many of us, that silver medal stag in the 300-350 class is just a great trophy!! Just look at Joan’s 337 stag!
The packages all include lodging, guiding and meals, daily rates and trophy fees are also ALL included. NO surprises! If you do not score by the end of 3 days, he commonly asks you to stay on at no extra cost. So consider allowing an extra day or more for travel etc. Note his satisfaction guarantee below too!
TAHR & CHAMOIS – 5 day package. Helicopter time is NOT included in this price. The use of a helicopter is optional. If you do so opt, then normally they put 2 hunters in the helo, each paying for 1/2 of the time. Or hunt them free range right from camp. You can walk them up or drive around until you spot them, then spot and stalk.
Do be aware that there are also chamois and tahr that can be stalked in the hills near camp, saving the chopper cost. This is for folks not relishing the helicopter rides or budget conscious. Butch will tell you he loved the chopper ride in the glacier! You can also consider walking into the Mountainous Alps but be in superb condition! Tahr rut is May, June and early July. At that time of year the Tahr are in their winter coats. Tahr and Chamois can still be successfully hunted in March into August. Hair is best from mid-May on, but pretty good when Butch hunted in March of 2008 and took his 12.5” bull. You can also spike out with helicopter assistance for a true glacier experience.
If you want to hit the stag roar, and also want to do Tahr- try late March into early May. On these hunts into the Alps, most hunters will choose to fly by helicopter through the mountains in search of the Tahr. Once a trophy Tahr/Chamois has been located, you and your guide will be dropped off within stalking distance and attempt to harvest the trophy on foot. If the animal is not taken, your guide will radio the helicopter and it will return and continue flying you. In New Zealand it’s legal to fly and hunt the same day, although this could change in the future.
If you prefer, you can start your hunt on foot, and if the effort is too much, or success is elusive, by the third day or so you can switch to a chopper—provided one is available! On Tahr and Chamois hunts, depending on your physical ability we suggest the use of a helicopter to access their higher hunting areas in the Alps. If you choose this option budget approximately $2,500. Keep in mind that the helicopter is optional, you do not have to use it.
Trophy preparation/expediting is app $250 – $300 per trophy depending on the type of mount. Costs of the chopper can be split between the 1 or 2 hunters using it. Normally their procedure is to book 2 hours for 2 hunters– very early or very late in day when winds are down. On Butch’s inspection hunt in 2008, all hunters took their tahr in one single flight of around 2 hours. Note the satisfaction guarantee below, under pricing too!! Hunt in March though, for best selection of stags!!
RED STAG, TAHR AND CHAMOIS PACKAGE: BARGAIN!! This is a full 6 day package. We think this is the sleeper hunt. Taking three premiere animals in this great location and at a world class lodge, for the cost of hunt in Europe for a aingle European stag, is a deal in today’s world! It includes a stag in the 320 to 360 SCI class (no worries here- if they tell you it is silver and it turns out gold- not a problem for you!). This hunt is seven days. And it too carries the guarantee!
ELK ADD-ON: ADD WAPITI TO ANY PKG: some huge bulls in the 340 to 400 class! 6X6, 7X7 and bulls into the 400 class are also available for a price). One of our BMOA clients in 2012 took a 395- awesome. He also took a 597 stag and a giant fallow!
TOURING OPTIONS NON-HUNTERS: We can arrange to have 2 full time tour guides available. Do either day trips from lodge, or do 3-4 day sightseeing adventures of the island! Cruises from Queenstown, glass factory tours; golf; vineyards, gondola rides, horse trekking, hot air ballooning, National Park touring; awesome beaches, glacier gazing, museums, art galleries- let us arrange it!!
• Rates Note: All prices are in US currency.
-Red Stag: 5 days 4 nights
up to 340″ $5000
-Red Stag: 5 days 4 nights
340-380 2×1 $7000 1×1 $8000
-Red Stag: 5 days 4 nights
-Red Stag: 5 days
-Tahr/Chamois: 5 days $9,500
-Stag, Tahr & Chamois: 6 days
320 – 360 $15,000- BARGAIN!!
Trophy Fees for any Additional Animals
Wapiti 320-360 $6000
Wapiti 360-400 $9,500
Red Stag $5,500
Waterfowl Hunting $600/day
Extra Hunting or Fishing Days $500/day
Non-Hunting Guests $275/day
Included in all hunts:
• Trophy Fees
• 1 x 1 Guiding
• Daily Rates
• Airport or Hotel Transfers
On Tahr and Chamois hunts, depending on your physical ability we suggest the use of a helicopter to access our higher hunting areas in the Alps. If you choose this option budget app $2,000 – $2,500. Keep in mind that the helicopter is optional, you do not have to use it. Trophy preparation/expediting is app $200 – $250 per trophy depending on the type of mount.
TRANSPORT TO NEW ZEALAND: You must plan to arrive in NZ.- no later than one day pre-hunt! For example you would arrive June 22, in order to start a June 23rd hunt. Assuming a 5 day hunt, you would then be dropped off back into Queenstown on the evening of the June 27th, in this example. Depart for home on June 28th.
AS TO NEW ZEALAND FLIGHTS: There are daily direct flights that leave Los Angeles for Auckland, which is your point of entry to New Zealand. Auckland is also the port where you will clear customs. From there you will fly to Queenstown and then onward, probably to Christchurch- but it depends on which lodge he is using- we will verify that for you when the time comes. . We suggest you arrive 1 day prior to your hunt commencing, so you can adjust to their climate and get over any jet lag you may have.
NOTE WELL: IMPORTATION OF FIREARMS: New Zealand is a “hunter friendly” destination. Approximately 6 weeks before your safari commences, you will be sent a firearm import permit from the outfitter- check with me if you do NOT get it!!. On receiving this form, you MUST IMMEDIATELY fill in the appropriate places and fax it to the Auckland Airport Police. Their fax number is 011-649-256-0486. Your information will then be transferred to their computer and it should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to clear your guns on arriving at Auckland International Airport. Or rent some of their fine guns.
CLIMATE: New Zealand’s weather is very unpredictable. It can snow and rain at any time of year, so it’s important that you bring good warm and waterproof clothing. You will use the helicopter (extra cost as per write-up) to access them, then get out and stalk. Radios will be used for pickup.
Note: On all single specie hunts, the hunt will finish when the desired trophy is harvested.
Included in all hunts are: trophy fees, daily rates, lodgings, meals and airport/hotel transfers.
Expediting of trophies is approximately $175/trophy depending on the type of mount and other factors. They have their own facility to do the prep and shipping. Butch inspected it and found it to be truly excellent, with drying racks, plenty of salt, custom packing and a spotless environment.
Suggested Hunting Combinations:
• February: Stag, Wapiti, Fallow, Chamois, Tahr, Boar, Fishing
• March: Stag, Wapiti, Fallow, Chamois, Tahr, Boar, Waterfowl and Fishing
• April: Stag, Fallow, Wapiti, Chamois, Tahr, Boar and Fishing
• May and June: Tahr, Chamois, Stag, Fallow, Wapiti, Boar and Waterfowl
• July and August: Tahr, Chamois, Stag, Fallow and Boar