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The Hossack: A Top New Zealand High Country Hunt

Apr 09, 2010

The Hossack is the name given to the 24,000 acre sheep and cattle station (ranch) that extends from near the central South Island tourist town of Hanmer Springs through a low saddle to the Clarence River in the North. It's a great place to hunt free range red stag, chamois buck, and canterbury blue wild pigs. For 4 days (April 1-4) I sought them out. Well how did I get on? I saw fifty or sixty free range deer, a dozen chamois, and thirty wild pigs. The wild pig should be mentioned in more detail as this region carries the rare Canterbury blue, which signifies the colouration of these animals. They are silver grey, with white splotches, bluish when observed at distance and boars with curved tusks make a great trophy.I shot a 14 point stag, and harvested two blue pigs.
 In addition to great High Country hunting these guys have showed great management initiative by constructing a Wild Park to conserve the top genetics of the local chamois and red deer herds. Hats off to them is my thought, and clients will love hunting here. First some background.

In the early years of the Hossack hunting operation, the surrounding public land was suffering intense aerial venison and chamois meat recovery so it was crucial that a protected big game base for the Hossack herds be set up quickly. The solution reached was ahead of its time.They created a “Wild Park” sanctuary. A border high fence was constructed around 2,000 acres of the best big game range, incorporating bluff and cliff areas for chamois and bush and open scrubland for the red stag. The result is fantastic: large numbers of 12 to 16 point red stag and 9 inch chamois living in a duplicate free-range environment designed to protect their gene pool forever, while on the rest of the property efforts are made to build up, and protect wild animal numbers.Hunters who miss out on a free-range stag get to hunt a 12 point one in the Wild Park for free. Called the Hossack Royal Guarantee.Hunt here: you'll love it. Attached pictures are of my stag and one blue boar.
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