By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
May through July is prime time on New Zealand's South Island for combination Himalayan tahr and red stag hunts, and we have five new reports this month from subscribers T. Dunaway, S. Porto, R. Coleman, H. Holmes and Adam Clements.
T. Dunaway and a group of 14 family and friends spent five days with Kiwi Safaris (011-64-21-227-6969; www.kiwisafaris.co.nz
) in June. He and several others in the group hunted tahr, red stag, chamois, boar and paradise shelduck.
In Report 10919
Dunaway writes, "15 of us, including one solo hunter and several families with kids, spent four days touring Christchurch before being picked up by Kiwi Safaris and driven two hours south to one of their lodges. Most outfitters couldn't take such a big group, but the lodge accommodated our group wonderfully, with en suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, bar, satellite TV, a walk-in freezer and excellent food.
"Hunters and nonhunters alike had a great experience, and the hunting was incredible. My son and I each took big tahr on the first day after looking over many animals, and all had a tahr by the second day (the largest was 13.5 inches). We did all hunting on foot in the Dry Creek area. The tahr are totally wild and were rutting during our hunt. One hunter took an excellent chamois as well. However, the chamois apparently don't like areas with lots of tahr, and there were a lot of tahr here. For this reason, Kiwi Safaris takes hunters by helicopter for chamois, but we didn't feel the need to do this....