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New Zealand Wallaby

Oct 11, 2010

New Zealand has wallaby, big wallaby (red necked or Bennett's species) and lots of South Island hunting clients target them on their hunting shopping list. Introduced to South Canterbury in 1874 for their fur the numbers exploded and at one time were estimated over 1,000,000. Drastic control measures have knocked back the population but they are still listed as an agricultural pest.
A big male weighs 25kg, stands 65 cms tall, and has a 62 cm long tail. They live in a fairly localised range called the Hunter Hills which runs from the town of Waimate to Tekapo. They are mainly nocturnal and hide in scrubby gullies, forest patches, and tall snow tussocks. Hunters flush them using dogs, spotlight them after dark, and snipe them at long range at dawn and dusk.
They are a great quarry and fleeing animals thump the ground as they hop away. The pictures show live and dead examples of the species, with the dead buck being a monster. A must hunt addition to the safari when in New Zealand. Outfitters generally charge just a daily guiding fee when hunting with a client.


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