Increased free-range hunting seems to be the hunter's way of keeping hunting on a reduced budget during the recession. Many outfitters are noticing an increase in this category of the hunting industry. This even includes New Zealand red deer, where it is a given that the heads will be smaller than estate heads. The up side: the cost is smaller as well.
Finally, many free-range hunters are also evaluating their trophy on the best comparison technique there is. They are comparing apples with apples, not apples with huge watermelons. What sort of free-range trophy should you expect to harvest? Have a look at what other free-range hunters are shooting and you have your answer. Don't look at the estate gallery heads. Different fruit I'm afraid.
Aotearoa Safaris is offering a great red stag/fallow buck combo for free-range deer hunters, and details will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Hunting Report. How good are their free-range red stags? These two were shot in their 2009 April roar, and applewise are crackers.