Bow Hunting 

A New Zealand bow hunting expedition with Telford’s will give you the memories of a lifetime

Fair chase – Private property

Bow Hunting NZ Season- February to April

A New Zealand bow hunting expedition with Gerald Telford will give you the memories of a lifetime. First and foremost Gerald is a bow hunter. He has successfully hunted Mountain Goat in S.E Alaska, plains game in South Africa and Namibia, Rusa Deer in Australia and had success with most of our New Zealand species.

Fallow Deer

Red Stags, Fallow Bucks and Bull Tahr are a challenging hunt in a unique environment and for our hunting client to be successful on our bow hunts, there are a number of requirements that have to be met.

The rugged terrain they inhabit requires a degree of skill, patience and determination to secure a trophy. That said, the satisfaction of a successful hunt will stay with you long after the aches and blisters are gone! The majority of hunts are on a fair chase, free range basis. This is some of the toughest hunting terrain in the world. The fitter you are, the more enjoyment you will get.

Combine Gerald’s skill, knowledge of the area and animal management with access to the best bow hunting properties in New Zealand and you have all the ingredients to make for a successful hunt.

“…If you are looking for a true free-range bow hunting experience in New Zealand without the aid of high-wire fences…then Gerald Telford is your man…”

Kevin Owens

Red Stag

The rut commences in late March, peaking in the second or third week of April. Good trophies are available till the end of July.
Red Deer are hunted in the Wanaka Region and the herd is part of the Otago herd that established itself in the hinterland of Otago and spread into the South Westland region. Fair chase trophy animals are located on a 50,000 acre block. They are not easy to locate but are well worth the time looking. Private property, preserve Red Stag are also available.

Red Stag Hunting New Zealand
NZ Fallow Buck

Fallow Bucks

The rut starts in the later part of April and on into the middle of May. Trophies are hunted from mid March to the end of July.

The Fallow deer resident on our Mt Maude hunting area carry the best genetics available. The herd is heavily buck biased to ensure that when we find a buck it will be a very good one. For many of our hunters Fallow aren’t always the priority animal we’d like them to be. We have a simple rule with Fallow, if and when we encounter one and should your guide encourage you, (vigorously) please take the opportunity. We know we will find you a Red Stag! Fallow, take your chance, it maybe your only chance.

Himalayan Tahr

The premium New Zealand trophy, Tahr are the kings of the alpine terrain. Bulls begin to move into the nanny groups at the end of May and will stay with these groups until the end of August.

Hunting Tahr in New Zealand

Bow Hunting NZ Licensing

A permit is NOT required to import archery equipment for a guided hunt in New Zealand. You are able to carry your bow as part of your luggage. Aim to shoot up to 50 yards (45 metres) with your bow.

Want to know more about bow hunting in New Zealand ? Contact Gerald Telford and he’ll get back to you as soon as possible with the information you want.


In the blog

What to expect when you bow hunt

It’s the little things that make a big difference with bow hunting, having to many of the little things can lead to opportunities lost.

With 25 years of bowhunting and over 30 as a hunting guide I’d call myself experienced, I may even go as far as saying I’m good at what I do, what I’m not is an expert.Nor can I read the hunters mind. That stag, Fallow buck or Tahr I can predict with a fare amount of certainty.

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