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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9160 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 1, 2013 to April 6, 2013
Place of Hunt: New Zealand -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): South Pacific Safaris. Glencree Lodge RD 2; Kaikoura; New Zealand; Tel. 011-64-3-319-5189; Email: info@huntingnewzealand.co.nz; Web www.huntingnewzealand.info
Personal Guide (if any): Pete Harding
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Deer, Red - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 531 SCI
Deer, Fallow - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large with 7" droptine
Sheep, Arapawa - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Huge and ancient
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Red Stag are beyond abundant and trophy quality is outstanding. Lots of Fallow and was not on my list until I saw the droptine.


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: Delta, Emirates and Air New Zealand Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: If you bring ammo through Australia be sure to have the appropriate approval letters from all airlines. I had to give my ammo to the police in Melbourne as I did not have a letter from Emirates, new policy.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $3500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $21500
Permits/Licenses: N/A Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: N/A Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Only in deciding which stag to stalk.
Highlights of Hunt: Harvesting 3 very old trophies; all were in their last year. Shooting a 531 SCI Red Stag which was not doing well due to age and an injury probably from fighting. I was offered him with an approximate 50% discount due to his condition. He is an exceptional trophy. The ram turned out to be the biggest challenge as we were looking for a real trophy.
Equipment Recommendations: I used their rifles so only needed to bring a box of ammo.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Mike and Deborah Wilks are great hosts and the hunting is out of this world. We also went fishing during the mid day as it is only 30 minutes from the lodge. Great fun to catch dinner and then stop to get crayfish (lobster) from the pots. They use a local restaurant owner/chef to prepare dinner. Top notch as well as the wine. Lastly, my trophies were cleared into Chicago within 2 months and then off to the WildLife Gallery.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jim D. Young
Contact Information: Tel. 425-394-0103 - 2347 23rd Ln NE | Issaquah | WA | USA | 98029 E-mail: jim.young26@comcast.net
Hunting Experience: Extensive in North America and South Africa. First trip to New Zealand.
Physical Condition: Good for 64


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
I really recommend that anyone interested in New Zealand should see the Wilks at either the Dallas Show or the SCI show. Great people and great trophies; see the photo.



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