Bowhunter Reports on New Zealand's Gerald Telford Hunting Services


Published: June - 2012

Denis Simard has filed a very positive report on a red stag hunt near Wanaka, on New Zealand's South Island handled for him by Gerald Telford of Telford Fishing and Hunting Services (from the US: 011-64-3-443-9257; http://flyfishhunt.co.nz). Telford is a familiar name to Hunting Report subscribers; we have 32 subscriber reports on Telford in our database, dating back to 1999, all positive. In fact, this is the third report we've had on a 2012 hunt with Telford already. (See Report ID 8613 from subscriber Bob Dobrinski, who took a gold medal red and fallow deer on Telford's first hunt of the season. And also Report ID 8651 from Michael Luxford who took an 11-inch tahr the first day of a four-day hunt.) Simard hunted with a bow and took the silver-medal stag he sought. "The bulls were in roar, and the amount of game I saw gives me the confidence to say that whether you are after a silver medal stag, as I was, or a gold medal stag, these guys can put you on an animal of your choosing." In fact, Simard reports he had six shooting opportunities, missing his first five due to his lack of practice at shooting extreme up-and-down angles (over 50 degrees). The three rifle hunters in camp also tagged out on gold medal stags and great fallow deer. "I would rebook with Gerald any time. My wife was along as an observer, but she stayed behind in the house. Sue Telford made sure that there was plenty for her to do." In his report, Simard questions the quality of the taxidermy available in New Zealand. "I am not convinced however that the taxidermy work is of as high a standard as we have in Alberta. The taxidermist wanted to cut the horns and insert a steel rod (he says it saves shipping space) but this, in my opinion, is wrong, and I wanted my skull intact. So, I had my cape tanned and skull bleached then shipped to my own taxidermist (have all your taxidermist info with you). I will see what kind of tanning job gets done........(continued)
 
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