The property that has already been bought is on the northeast end of the South Island near the coastal town of Blenheim. An undeveloped cattle and sheep station encompassing 20,000 acres of mountainous terrain, the property is scheduled to be primarily a free-range red stag area. McKinstry says they will be conducting a number of improvements to the place, including construction of a lodge, a helipad and a roadway system, in addition to enhancing the existing farming operation. As for the red stags, he says there is a resident herd that has gone largely unhunted, except occasionally by the previous owner's family. A management plan is being implemented to cull inferior stags and introduce some new stags with superior genetics. In addition to the free-range deer, he says they will also create a park to offer trophy stag hunts.
The second, soon-to-be-purchased property is on the North Island and will be a trophy stag operation. It will also offer other big game hunting and fishing. McKinstry was reluctant to say anything else except that it will be a "big deal."
Other destinations Westervelt is looking at include Argentina, where McKinstry says they are close to completing the purchase of an established bird hunting operation. They are also looking at Uruguay, Bolivia, Canada, the US West and southern Africa. The goal is to create a network of operations under the Westervelt........(continued)