The Red Deer of New Zealand

By |2020-12-20T08:42:52+13:00May 7th, 2016|JOMH Articles|

There is probably no other species in New Zealand that has as much confusion and controversy surrounding it than the Red stag. I hope to give an overview of the history of red deer in New Zealand and help people better understand what they can expect from a stag hunt here. Red deer(Cervus elaphus) are native throughout Europe, parts of Asia and North Africa, and there are numerous sub-species. They were liberated multiple times across New Zealand during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The original liberations were from English game parks and Scottish stock. During the early days red deer were [...]