Southern Hunting Adventures New Zealand

South Island New Zealand Red Stag Hunting

New Zealand Red Deer hunting is a passion for local and international hunters alike. Diverse terrain, good game populations, and seasonally varying animal behavior patterns make hunting Red Stag a "can't miss" New Zealand experience.

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Trophy Red Stag Hunting

The most widely spread deer species found in New Zealand, red deer (Cervus Elaphus) were introduced to the South Island in the late 1800’s. Today, hunters can track the adaptable red stag in New Zeland’s mountains, hills, valleys, forests, mānuka scrub, tussock, river bottoms, and more! An average red stag can weigh 400 pounds, they carry a head full of antler (New Zealand stags carry the largest antlers of any deer in the world relative to their body size), and their mating call “roar” is a sound you’re likely never to forget.

Southern Hunting Adventures offers several quality hunting options for our beloved red stag. From trophy heads to meat animals, quick hunts to longer adventures – join us in pursuit of New Zealand’s famed red deer for a hunt you’ll remember for the rest of your days!

Red Deer Hunting Seasons

Red stag hunting is best from February through August. Peak ‘Roar’ hunting occurs mid-March through the end of April.

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Red Stag Hunts & Pricing

Gold Medal Red Stag - 5 Days

3 days of guided stalking, 2 days of exploring local New Zealand, lodge accommodation, airport transfers, trophy preparation and transfer for expediting, meals and firearms provided.

Silver Medal Red Stag - 4 Days

Includes 4 days of guided deer stalking, airport transfers, lodge accommodation, trophy preparation for expediting, meals, and use of firearms. Two nights in Luxury Lodge, 2 Nights in Hunting Hut.

Combo 10-16 Point Red Stag - 3 Days

Package includes 2 days of guided deer stalking, airport transfers, lodge accommodation, trophy preparation for expediting, meals, and use of firearms. Includes trophy Feral Goat (30 inches plus), 1-day wild boar hunting with dogs.

Economy 10-16 Point Red Stag - 3 Days

Guided free-range stag roar hunting. Includes accommodations (country hut or spike camp), airport transfers, meals, and use of firearm.

Gold Level International Hunt: Tahr, Chamois, Red Stag, Fallow Buck, Wallaby, Turkey, Boar, & Goat

All-inclusive hunting package (‘Gold Level’ hunting & accommodations, transfers, transport, meals, drinks, guided hunting) for one hunter and one non-hunter. Helicopter access for alpine animals is included. Relax with included scenic lake cruise, jetboat ride, horse trek, glacier landing, and other activity options to fill free time. We also include optics, firearms, and ammunition.

Price: $26,200 USD.

Red Stag Hunt Upgrades

Southern Hunting Adventures is proud to offer hunts for the following big game species in New Zealand:

New Zealand Big Game Species Hunt Location
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
Elk/Wapiti (Cervus elaphus nelsonii)
Fallow Deer (Dama dama)
Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)
Central North Island
Whitetail Deer (Odocoileous virginianus)
Lower South Island - Stewart Island
Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis)
Eastern North Island
Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolour)
Southern North Island
Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus)
Central South Island
Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)
South Island
Pacific Goat
Captain Cook Boar (Sus scrofa)
Arapawa Ram (Ovis arapawa)
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Contact Southern Hunting Adventures to Hunt Red Stag!

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New Zealand Red Stag Hunting Testimonials

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As an American visiting New Zealand and looking to organize a bit of rifle hunting for red stag - I couldn't be any happier with Southern Hunting Adventures than I am. Sheldon communicated well, was extremely helpful in sorting trip details, and set me up on a great hunt for free-ranging stags on a spot-and-stalk trip on the South Island. Angus, my guide for the week, was top-notch (I work as a hunting guide in the States and believe I have some idea of what a good guide looks like); he was hardworking, patient, and helpful in sorting all of the game we were seeing through binoculars and spotting scopes. Over a few days, we studied plenty of deer throughout a major system of ridges and valleys before putting a stalk on a good first stag! Camp was a great little hut on the valley floor of one of the drainage systems we were hunting. Angus brought plenty of food, drove some gorgeous but rugged roads, and packed out more than his share of meat and antler.

Having spent plenty of time in New Zealand - it's a great place to do some hunting for some gorgeous game animals. The logistics, access, and gear it takes to successfully hunt in New Zealand makes it pretty difficult. Don't stress too much - Southern Hunting Adventures is the perfect option for that once-in-a-lifetime stag hunt. They chase other game too - but I've only hunted red deer with them (so far!). I'm looking forward to returning to hunt with them sometime down the road, maybe for tahr or fallow deer. Anyhow, I'd give Sheldon and Angus six stars in this review if I could. Leave the tough logistics and quality land access problems to Southern Hunting Adventures - they set me up on a great hunt that I'll never forget. Thanks, gents!

- Danny S.

Google Review

A fine pair of New Zealand Red Stags, one free range and one from managed land.

Sheldon was fantastic to deal with. Very easy! I organised the hunt as a surprise gift. Sheldon communicated well in the lead-up and worked with our dates. I was confident my husband was in for a great hunt and a nice challenge.

I had just one request - he wanted a red deer! Sheldon delivered. Needless to say, my husband came back grinning ear-to-ear with his first deer and fresh venison for the BBQ. Big thank you to Sheldon and Angus. He'll be back!

- Julia A.

TripAdvisor Review

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