2019 was another great season for us all at Hard Yards Hunting, we have been quite busy here over the last few months as our new house has just been finished off. We are now well settled in Twizel, which is a great central base for our hunts and right in the middle of prime Tahr habitat.

As always a huge thank you to the hunters who joined us and allowed us to help you achieve your dream hunts. Guide Tim once again has been a great asset this season.

2020 is already looking quite busy, we do have one or two spaces for later season Tahr or Chamois hunts(last week of June). If you are looking for a true mountain hunting adventure send us a message and we can plan your dream hunt.

I will let the photos tell the story of the season

Adam from CO with an early season Fallow buck
First bull of the season, a solid 13 incher
Father and Son Jeff and Jake with a old wide stag
Michael on-top of the clouds with a good early season bull
John with a nice high country Stag
An early snow storm didn’t slow Paul down, we picked out this old bull with a buck shot hole through his horn from a mob over over 10 mature bulls, a great unique animal.
Paul with a beautiful early season 10″ Chamois buck, the ‘salt and pepper’ capes of March/April are always stunning.
Casper and myself with his gnarly old wilderness bull, one of the highlights of the season.
Peter with a huge bodied west coast bull, was some tough icy conditions but Peter came away with an awesome Alpine double.
Peters 10″ buck and 13″ bull Tahr, it doesn’t get much better than that!
A beautiful skin on this Bull Tahr taken by Hans in the last hunt of the season.

Late 2018 we ran a hunt give away for the newly formed Tahr Foundation. This hunt was won by Hans from Sweeden and we had a great hunt near the end of June. We managed to raise some much needed funds for the Tahr foundation which was great. A big thank you to everyone who donated. As many of you were aware the Department of Conservation was planning some large Tahr control operations during 2019. The Tahr Foundation combined with work from the NZPHGA(New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Assc), GAC(Game Animal Council), NZDA(New Zealand Deer Stalkers, SCI and other groups made some good head way with the Government and we reached an agreement about the number of animals to be taken. The Tahr herd has always had Government control and is necessary to maintaining a balance in our ecosystem. From the hunting we have done during 2019 we do not believe this control will have any real effect on our success or ability to find good quality mature bull Tahr. We have long been practicing the harvest of age class Tahr and this is vital to the sustainability of the herd.

An old bull from 2019, this is what we work hard to find

For 2020 we are working on some new Stag properties and we are hoping we will be able to offer some exciting new hunt options for 2021.
I am heading back to BC,Canada for the 2020 season, my brother(Jimmy) was at Golden Bear during 2019 and had great success there guiding Mountain Goats and Moose.
You can see more about their hunts here- http://www.goldenbearoutfitting.com/

Feel free to email me at joseph.peter@live.com if you have any questions about hunts here in NZ or Canada
Or you can contact Blake Williams directly – gbowilliams@gmail.com for Canadian hunt info.

Joseph Peter