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    HUNTING RED STAG in the LAND of the GIANTS !

    Just back from a great hunt in New Zealand, chasing Red Stag around the Land of the Giants !
    Last year friend Dan and I were lucky enough to win an auction for a week of hunting at Spey Creek Ranch near Kaikoura, NZ, and last week we headed out on the adventure.
    There was nearly 30 hours of travel required to get there from NY, but once we arrived we knew it was going to be worth it.
    Even though it was pouring rain and too late to start a hunt when we arrived, we saddled up in one of the side by sides and took a ride to get a feel for the place and do some glassing.
    And we were blown away ! The mountains at Spey Creek are big and green and wet and lush and primal, and the animals were everywhere ! Every new hill or turn revealed another Jurassic Park-like scene, and while we rode and glassed and stalked and shot over the next few days of sunshine, the country just got more beautiful and awe inspiring.
    Both Dan and I had our stags by day three.
    Mine was exactly what I was looking for... wide, with a more elk-like look to his mains, and the signature crowns on top.
    I took him with a cross canyon shot in an almost unbelievable landscape, at a hair over 400 yards.
    Dan got on one with a forked third, and a bit more mass and stag'y features, on day one, and was super disappointed when a change in the wind blew his stalk. He got within shooting distance of a couple other nice ones over the next couple days, but held out, and in a cool turn of events, on day three, we glassed up the same one he had liked on day one, and he got it done.
    We had wanted to try for tahr as well, but windy weather in the mountains where they live made helicopter access impossible, so we switched our attention to fallow deer, and Arapawa rams.
    Dan never saw "the one" he wanted, but I took a nice fallow on the fourth day, and we both tagged rams on the last afternoon.
    Our Kiwi and American hosts and guides were great, so in addition to the great country and fun hunting, we laughed a lot, and ate like kings.
    Finished up the trip with a couple days by the ocean in Kaikoura, and then the long grind home.
    Enjoy the pics.
    This first bunch shows the country.




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    Here's a bit on the hunt itself.
    the shots were tricky because the elevations were so steep.
    It was hard to get behind the gun when you're shooting so steeply uphill.
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    Success !
    Here's the trophy shots.
    Gunny stuff ...?
    We both shot the Bergara Stalker.
    It held sub MOA accuracy during our testing and practicing prior to the trip, with a couple of different recipes.
    For the actual hunt it was mountain-rifle light and easy to pack and performed just as well as at home.
    We shot the new Hornady ELDX ammo on this trip. It had been the accuracy champ in my testing, and with it's hyper high BC values, and a scope turret calibrated for it, the longer range shots we made were no sweat.
    It's a relatively fragile bullet, so I dunno how it would be at closer ranges or on the big stuff.
    It's no bone breaker, but at these ranges at these animals and shooting for the crease, it was serious business.


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    very cool,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    I have never harvested an animal but I have KILLED QUITE A FEW !

    I would rather have a gun in my hand than a cop on the phone,,,,,,,,,

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    thanks for sharing
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    Those Red deer are massive!
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    Wow! That seems like a terrific hunt! Thanks for sharing the story & photos.

    Congratulations!

    Guy
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    Excellent adventure.
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    Beautiful views. Congrats on the awesome trophies.
    Thanks for sharing a great hunt.
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    thanks for sharing amazing looking country!
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