Kiwi Safaris - Tahr



Himalayan Tahr - View Tahr Hunting Images

The sight of a mature bull tahr in full rut, standing proudly on an exposed rock bluff with the wind blowing his flared mane, is truly awe-inspiring. Originally from the mountains of the Himalayas, these magnificent mountain goats were liberated in New Zealand’s Southern Alps in 1904 and have found it to be the perfect home. Clearly designed by nature as the ideal mountain animal, the tahr bounds down vertical rock bluffs, hooves barely touching the rock. Truly the king of the mountains!

Although both sexes have horns, those of the bull are larger and heavier. Horns of 11” or more are considered trophy standard and every year we guide hunters to exceptional specimens exceeding 13” in length. The horns are only half the story though. The magnificent lion-like mane and heavy coat make the tahr a stunning trophy.

Challenging to hunt, and with mature bulls up to 300lbs in weight, they are hard to put down. We recommend heavier magnum calibre rifles from 7mm through to .388. Although tahr are one of the most difficult species to hunt with a bow, Kiwi Safaris has successfully guided more bow hunters than any other outfitter.

It is recognised that Kiwi Safaris has the finest foot hunting for trophy bull tahr in New Zealand, all our tahr hunting is conducted on private land, free from the constant pressure of resident hunters, meat recovery and Heli-hunting which happens on public land. This ensures you the best alpine hunting experience possible, with plenty of time to look over many bulls in order to harvest that dream trophy. While the hunt is quite physical, obtaining a quality tahr on foot is achievable for most people. We have successfully guided clients as young as 9 years of age to the trophy of a life time.

The best tahr hunting is from May, which is when the rut takes place, to July when the capes will be at their absolute best.

text image2Red Stag - View Red Stag Hunting Images

The spine chilling roar of the rutting stag is enough to give even the most hardened hunter a massive dose of buck fever! It’s large size and huge antlers give the red stag immense presence. There is nothing like stalking stags during the rut or “roar” which takes place in March and April. It is exciting adrenaline packed hunting!

Red deer are native to Europe and were first introduced to New Zealand in 1851. With no predators and a temperate climate, red deer quickly became established throughout most of New Zealand. The red deer is the most plentiful of the seven deer species found in New Zealand. It is also the most sought after species for visiting hunters.

Every year we guide hunters to trophies larger than 400 SCI. The best of our trophies can exceed 500 SCI.  Red deer are large animals and we recommend rifle calibres from .270 to .300 magnums.

text image4Fallow Buck - View Fallow Buck Hunting Images

Introduced from Europe, Fallow deer have thrived and are now distributed throughout much of New Zealand. The broad palmated antlers are an attractive and very distinctive feature of the fallow buck.

Hunting takes place between March and September with the rut occurring in April and early May. At this time the bucks are particularly vocal and aggressive.

New Zealand Elk - View NZ Elk Hunting Images

Among the largest of the deer species, the magnificent Elk, known locally as Wapiti, were introduced in to New Zealand in 1905. Closely related to red deer, they rapidly hybridized and it is thought unlikely that any purebred elk remain in the wild. Like the red deer, New Zealand elk rut in March and April but can be hunted from the middle of February until September. Each season hunters take some huge elk with Kiwi Safaris. Trophies upwards of 400 SCI have been taken by rifle and bow.

Chamois - View Chamois Hunting Images

The graceful Chamois is one of the most difficult trophies to obtain. A very agile member of the goat antelope family, the Chamois is superbly adapted to living in the steep, rugged environment of the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Chamois can be hunted all year round, though like tahr they are at their best from April to August. At this time they have a magnificent coat that is long and black with a silver strip along the spine.

Goat HuntingArapawa Rams, Feral Goats - View Rams and Goats Hunting Images

Arapawa sheep have a fascinating history and make equally interesting trophies. Descendants of fine wool merino sheep, they were originally abandoned on Arapawa Island in the 1800’s as a source of food for returning sealers and whalers. This hardy sheep has developed as a distinctive breed, the rams carrying large spiralling horns - making an eye catching trophy.

While feral goats are widespread throughout New Zealand trophy billies are hard to find and are an exciting addition to a Kiwi Safaris hunt.

Sika, Rusa, Sambar

A trip to the North Island will enable you to include Sika, Rusa and Sambar deer. These three deer species are all of Asian origin, preferring the more temperate conditions of the northern island of New Zealand. Renowned for their cunning, a trophy Sika typically carries eight points while the Rusa and the huge Sambar carry six. The highly vocal Sika rut in April, whereas the Rusa extends into August and Sambar mate from September through to January.


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