Trophy Species

Red Stag

Red stags were introduced into New Zealand in the 1850s . They inhabited all the New Zealand bush by the middle of the 20th century. These deer were heavily culled by foot hunters and by helicopter shooters during the second half of the 20th century. Although heavily reduced in numbers, numerous private landowners protected the deer and it is these privately owned areas that provide great hunting for red stags today. New Zealand consistently produces world‑class red stags every year.

New Zealand red stags weigh approximately 350 to 450 pounds and are extremely vocal during the rut or bugling season (‘the roar’) between March and April but can be successfully hunted from February to August. The hunting is conducted in a wide range of habitat from low rolling foothills to high mountain passes. We use the available 4WD tracks to access the mountains then hunting is by extensive glassing and use of spotting scope to locate and assess the trophy quality of the stags.

During the rut, they run all over the countryside pursuing females, however after the rut they like to lay up on sunny faces during the daytime. This is how we find most of our trophy stags. Your guide will advise you on the trophy potential of the stag before an approach on foot is planned.

New Zealand produces the largest Red Stags and they are quite rightly one of the world's most sought after trophies and when it comes to hunting these majestic animals, you've come to the right place.


Tahr

The Himalayan Tahr is one of New Zealand's most desired animals by international trophy hunters. Originally brought into the Southern Alps from their traditional home in the highest peaks in the world, the Himalayas, they were released into the wild in 1904 at Mt Cook, New Zealand ,Regarded as the King of the Mountains, the tahr inhabits the highest mountain peaks and most rugged terrain of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. They mostly live on vegetated mountainsides between 4500 feet and 7000 feet. A bull tahr also can weigh as much as 300lbs so a good hard hitting caliber should be used when hunting them .

There striking appearance of the contrast in colour between the blond mane and black rear makes for an excellent life size mount. They are a tough animal that thrives in the harshest of New Zealands alpine winters. They are the Kings of the Southern Alps The most popular time to hunt tahr is in the rut between May and July as this is when there capes are looking the best but they can be hunted all year round. At Alpine Trophy Hunts New Zealand we pride ourselves on the fact that all of the Tahr are taken on foot and in a free range environment.
 


Chamois

Chamois were released into our Southern Alps in 1907 after being presented to New Zealand by the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria.

Since the 1960’s Chamois have been particularly well established in our South Island, and New Zealand has the only free‑ranging population outside of Europe and the Middle East.

Chamois have exceptional eyesight and they can weigh between 80 to 100 pounds (35 to 45 kilos).

The chamois rut occurs in May and June. At this time the bucks are in full winter cape with their attractive jet black skin and white face with black eye stripe Chamois have exceptional eyesight and speed, because of this they are challenging species to hunt Chamois come in two distinct colours, tan in summer and black in winter.

Best hunted January to late August


Arapawa Ram/Wild Sheep

New Zealand Arapawas are not large sheep, being rather lean and light‑boned. The clear narrow face and head, with alert bright eyes, is set on a long neck and topped with slender ears.

These are a sheep that have survived in isolation for over 130 years on Arapawa Island at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.

The Arapawa wild sheep are probably descendents of Merino that were introduced from Australia to Arapawa Island in 1867. But it’s also possible that they originate from stock left even earlier by whalers.

A mature ram will have a full curl, and makes a handsome trophy for the wall.

They are rated as a hard hunt due to their extreme wariness.

Their most common colouring is all black / Redish.

Can be hunted all year round


Fallow Buck

Fallow deer were introduced from 1860 and are now found in many low‑altitude areas of New Zealand , partly the result of farm escapes. The New Zealand wild fallow are mostly of European origin and there are a variety of colour types dependent on the orignal stock. For example the Greenstone/Caples animals are mostly of the black phase. In recent times animals of the the larger Mesopotamian sub-species have been imported to improve farmed stock and some releases have been made.

The weight of an average male fallow deer (buck) is between 75 to 80 kilograms, with large animals up to 110 kg. Body length is between 165 and 190 cm. Only males have antlers and they can measure 20 inches (60 cm) up to 38 inches (95 cm).

Unlike most other deer, the antlers of the fallow deer are broad and flattened, similar to those of a moose, Fallow deer roar (croak) from April to the end of May.

These beautiful , multi‑coloured deer go crazy during the rut and will challenge anything that gets in their way, there is nothing like seeing two fallow bucks fighting.


Wallaby

Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus) Often called red-necked wallaby.

Size: The larger of the two species available standing 800 mm tall with a head and body length of 65 cm and tail length of 62 cm.

Males can reach 20 kg plus in weight with females reaching 14 kg.

Colour: Greyish brown upper body with pale grey on the chest and belly.

Rufous colour on the shoulders, black tipped hind feet and tail.

They are a lot of fun to hunt and Alpine Trophy Hunts has some outstanding properties to hunt good numbers of wallabies on. 

Hunters usually use rifles such as the .222 .223 and upwards but some of our clients have used there .338 Laupa Magnums for a bit of long range fun.

 

 


Feral Goats

Feral goats are found throughout New Zealand in both the North and South Islands.

Size: Adult male goats in New Zealand stand around 60-80 cm at the shoulder and weigh an average of about 42 kg.

Females are smaller (shoulder height around 60-70 cm) and lighter (average around 30 kg) than males.

Colour: The coat is generally short haired with variable amounts of underfur. The hindquarters of both sexes, and the neck and shoulders of males may be shaggy.

Colour wise, they can be black, white or brown, or any combination of these. All males and some females are bearded as adults.

Horns: In New Zealand both sexes have horns. In females they are slender and curve upwards and backwards, with a clear space between the bases. In males the horns are larger and sweep up and backwards or up and outwards in an open spiral. The horns may touch at the base. The horns are not shed annually like antlers but are retained for the life of the animal. Alpine Trophy Hunts has two very larger properties that have high numbers of goats on and some outstanding Trophy billy goats.