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On Tahr Hunting in New Zealand

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9838 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 4, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Place of Hunt: New Zealand -
Hunt Area: Christchunch / Mount Hutt / Mount Cook / Stravon


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Shane Johnston; Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand. Tel. 011 64 3 318 6936 ; Fax: 64 3 318 6935; Email: info@hunting-fishing.co.nz; Web www.fourseasons.co.nz
Personal Guide (if any): Shane Johnston
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Chamois - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Tahr, Himalayan - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Elk - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 400 class
Deer, Red - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: White!; Superb
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments:


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Airline Service: N/A
Airline Comments: Excellent arrangements through Esplanade Travel.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $5000 Tahr $4000 Chamois Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: $10k $1k Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $7000 for two Raleigh NC to NZ through Bora Bora to Realeigh, NC Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Helicopter $2000 +/- depending on time. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: Superb 4000 White Red Stag
Equipment Recommendations: If hunting in NZ, bring warm dru clothing if winter!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Recommended without reservation.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: David and Donna Powell
Contact Information: Tel. 919-878-1620 - 7309 Rainwater Rd. | Raleigh | NC | USA | 27615 E-mail: pappyjoe@mindspring.com
Hunting Experience: Canada, Africa x3 (Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, USA
Physical Condition: Good except for knee injury.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
It gives me great pleasure to report on a recent hunt to New Zealand with Shane Johnston and Four Seasons Safaris - NZ. My wife and I won this hunt at auction at the 2014 Triangle Chapter SCI Banquet for Tahr, Chamois, etc. We were ecstatic to plan this trip to combine a wonderful hunting trip with my wife's birthday and our wedding anniversary. Our expectations were exceeded beyond our wildest dreams. We began our hunt in the New Zealand Alps (South Island) where we took a marvelous helicopter trip into the mountains and took a super tahr and chamois on the first day. We continued our travels to the Aoraki/Mt Cook area where my wife took a magnificent 400 class Wapiti. From there we traveled to Stravon where a magnificent White Red Stag (380-400 class) capped our first, but not last, New Zealand Safari.
Our anniversary trip continued in a wonderful week in the South Pacific Paradise of Bora Bora. Shane Johnston and his outfit - Four Seasons Safaris - NZ - represent the flagship and the best possible in hunting. Shane and his wife Vanessa are without equal in attention to detail, client service and care of his clients. There can be no better anywhere on the planet. My wife Donna and I look forward to returning and hunting again with new good friends!
The only negative of the trip - To all beware of connections traveling thorugh O'Hare and LAX airports - IN LAX you must change terminals, go through customs and passport control watch and beware of connection times - TWO HOURS is not enough time to go through and put up with airport issues since 9/11.
Esplanade Travel in Boston put together a great vacation for us especially in returning through romantic Bora Bora for our anniversary. (No firearms allowed in French Polynesia.) But to all- watch out for conneciton times. Overall a FIVE STAR safari with Shane Johnston and Four Seasons Safaris - NZ. Superlatives cannot come close to describing the friendship, service, scenery, and people of New Zealand. To all subscribers of The Hunting Report, a real treat awaits in the South Pacific. Daniel and Donna Powell President / SCI Triangle Chapter Raleigh, N.C.



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