The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments - Queenstown, Central Otago, 9300, New Zealand
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Hunting

Southern Lakes Hunting Guides create a hunting package that is tailor made to what you desire for the time you have available while visiting the Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand

Southern Lakes Hunting Guides is based in Queenstown making us very fortunate, as we are located within the heart of some of the best hunting in the world, boasting access to a wide variety of game animals including Fallow deer, Red deer, Whitetail deer, Chamois,

Himalayan Thar and Goats
Southern Lakes Hunting Guides understand that many people come to the Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand for a vacation and often have limited time available in their busy holiday schedules. However a hunt could be a perfect addition to a New Zealand adventure
Southern Lakes Hunting Guides offers tailor made hunting packages from half day hunts for meat or management animals through to packages aimed at securing trophies. The trips aimed at securing trophies can keep you entertained for a couple of weeks, staying in any type of accommodation that one desires from beautiful lodges to fly camping in the mountains or back country huts

Access to our unique hunting landscape is usually via 4×4 utility vehicle, boat or helicopter. Helicopter is a useful means of travel saving much time and allowing access to remote locations

The hunting opportunities are endless. Simply tell us how much time you have, what you wish to do and target and let us here at Southern Lakes Hunting Guides design a package within your budget that will enable you to tell stories to your mates for years to come

RED DEER‘
Cervus elaphus’

Red Stag are a large antlered species with trophy heads of 6×6 (12 points) and more with a body weight of around 400lb

The ‘Rut/Roar’ starts late March and ends late April. This is a prime time to hunt Stags, as they are vocal, roaring out challenges to other stags
Red Stag can be called in close by roaring out challenges to which they respond to, at this time of year the hunter has the advantage as stags can be located by sound
Red Stags can be hunted from February to September. Hinds (Female) and management animals can be hunted all year round

FALLOW DEER
‘Dama dama’
One of the features of the fallow deer is the pal-mated antlers, being flat similar to those of a moose, but on a smaller scale
The Fallow Herds surrounding Queenstown are a beautiful black colour
The ‘Rut” for fallow deer begins in April and continues until the end of May
Hunting Fallow bucks is available March through September. Does (Female) and management animals can be hunted all year round
During the ‘Rut’ the Fallow Buck gets very aggressive towards other animals and vegetation. They are very vocal with a croak like grunting noise as the Buck protects his females or issues his challenge to other Bucks

HIMALAYAN THAR
‘Hermitragus jemlahicus’
Himalayan Bull Thar are the ‘King of the Mountains’ in the Southern Hemisphere, they are one of the most sought after trophy animals of the world and one of the hardest to acquire, living in some of the steepest terrain you have ever seen
The Himalayan Thar as their name describes are from the highest peaks in the world, the Himalayas. The Thar originates from Nepal and Tibet and was first released in 1904 to Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand and have thrived. A Big Bull Thar can weigh up to 300lb and is a sight to see this magnificent agile animal navigate the steepest terrain
Access to Thar country is generally with the use of helicopter saving those legs; this is a very exciting experience in itself and will no doubt be one of the highlights you will ever get to experience.

Bull Thar and nannies can be hunted all year round. The ‘Rut’ for the Bull Thar is from May through August in which they group up with their ‘Nannies’ (females). Bull Thar produce one of the best hides and neck capes of any game animal, during the winter months (April – August).

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