Here you can learn more about the common risks in the outdoors while hunting big game and how to best prepare for them.
New Zealand Big Game Hunting offers hunters a wide variety of game across the country. This includes a range of deer species such as red, sambar, sika, fallow, whitetail, wapiti and rusa, of which are either wide-spread across New Zealand or found in small populations in select areas. Other species for this hunter group include wallabies, pigs and goats. The Roar season in particular is an exciting season to hunt the male stags during their mating season, and with this, preparation is key.
Choose a hunting trip that suits the skills and fitness of everyone in your group. A local hunt or backcountry adventure will all have their own risks. Carefully consider what to expect out there.
Start looking at maps and websites to gain insight into what your trip will include.
The planning you do from home will make all the difference for when you are in the bush. If you are going solo, take items to help you contact help if something goes wrong. If you are going as a group, get everyone together and make sure you all agree on the plan.
Heading for a hunt into the New Zealand's bush takes skills, even if it is a short day hunt on a local property.
What you take with you will make all the difference if something were to go wrong such as getting lost, delayed or injured.
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Help yourself go further and make it home safe by staying alert in the bush.
80% of mis-identified target hunting incidents were from the same hunting party. By making a plan and smart decisions in the bush, you and your mates can help reduce the risk of an irreversible mistake.
Continue your preparation with our online resources, there is still plenty to learn to ensure for a safe and enjoyable hunt.