11 12, 2020

2020 Season

By |2020-12-23T21:22:03+13:00December 11th, 2020|Season updates|

My personal best Chamois buck 2020 needs no introduction, it has been one of those years that is testing for a lot of businesses and we are no different. New Zealand took a tough approach on Covid early on, shutting our borders at the end of March and this has essentially kept the virus out. We have avoided any major outbreaks, but the cost of this has meant our tourism sector has taken a huge blow. We missed nearly all of our clients for the season, with only a couple sneaking in for some early season hunts. Reddin and Walton [...]

27 06, 2019

Kifaru Slik Bag Review

By |2019-10-17T20:15:08+13:00June 27th, 2019|Gear tests|

Two Slik bags showing the roomy mummy style with center zip Kifaru Slik Bag I picked up a 'Slik' bag from Kifaru’s shop in Denver in September 2015, and over the last couple of years have tested it across various environments and temperatures.   Kifaru mainly seem to specialize in their packs and Tipi tents but have been making these bags for quite some time, they also make an insulated jacket using the same fabric and insulation(Lost Park Parka-https://hardyardshunting.co.nz/2019/05/12/kifaru-lost-park-parka/). Design The Slik bag is what I would call a ‘roomy’ mummy style.  It is a shaped mummy style bag but is [...]

7 05, 2016

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 [...]

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