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Red Stag and Fallow Deer Hunt at Stravon in New Zealand

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A three-day hunting experience that gets you up close and personal with New Zealand's venerable red stag and fallow deer. Observe, meet and learn the different traits and characteristics of New Zealand's 'Big Red' and witness first-hand why these blokes are one of the world's greatest trophies. The fallow ticks all the right boxes: beautiful to watch, beautiful to chase and beautiful as a mount. A must for any hunter.

Stravon is a full-service, hunting driven tourism operation based out of a pristine wilderness property nestled in South Canterbury's world renowned Hunters Hills, home to arguably the finest big game animals in New Zealand.

We help our guests achieve their dreams by giving them an experience that captures the very essence of what hunting in New Zealand is all about. We do this through conservation, passion and the sheer natural beauty of New Zealand.

About Us

We are the first, and at this stage the only guided hunting operation in New Zealand to be awarded an “Endorsed Visitor Activity Award for Hunting” by Tourism New Zealand. With this honour, we also received two Enviro Gold Awards. One for how we run our operation and environment, and the other for our Alpine Eco Lodge, which also has Four Star Boutique Lodge status 3000 ft up the side of the Hunters Hills.

Being the first to achieve the standards set by Tourism New Zealand and Outdoors New Zealand's OutdoorsMark is something we are extremely proud of as it embraces what we believe to be the safest yet wildest and eco-friendly hunting operation in the nation.

Founded in 1864, this property lies on the eastern face of the Hunters Hills. The Hunters Hills received their aptly suited name from the Māori leader Te Huruhuru, who considered the area as his favourite hunting ground. One of the first places on earth to see in the new day, these venerable hills date back to the Palezoic Age (roughly 270 million years ago) and have been renowned hunting grounds since man first arrived on these shores.

Why hunt with us?

We appreciate that traveling to New Zealand is a big decision. For starters, it's a long way away. To travel this distance you want things right; you deserve it, after all. That’s why, the first two questions you are asking yourself before embarking on such a extraordinary journey are:

1) Who should I hunt with? And to be fair, when it comes to this question, that can be a bit like working on a mystery without any clues. Outfitters alike will give you differing tales but with similar endings. And to be honest, we’re no different. Like the rest, we believe our game and our operation to be up there with the very best. However, the one thing we all agree on is that New Zealand is the ultimate hunting destination. What you can see and do here in a few hours, let alone seven days, is quite simply astonishing and in some circumstances, life changing.

2) Why should I hunt with them? We have not only set the bar but are continuing to raise the standard of guided hunting in New Zealand. We are the first and at this stage and only guided hunting provider to have been accredited and endorsed by the New Zealand Government. This honour was achieved by earning Qualmark’s prestigious Enviro Gold and Endorsed Visitor Activity awards. Qualmark helps deliver on the promise of 100% Pure New Zealand experiences as the world's first accreditation system to include both quality and environmental assurance.The landscape here almost seems tailor made, not only for the hunter but for the animals themselves. This extraordinary 'hunting scene' is a big reason why the Hunters Hills are so celebrated.

Coupled with our lodgings, the property really does capture the quintessential New Zealand hunting experience superbly. Our lodgings come with their very own chef with many years experience in the U.S.A and the Mediterranean who can produce all standards of cuisine and functions depending on our clients taste and preference.

And last but certainly not least is our partnership with Calibre Taxidermy. This turn-key operation produces trophies of world class standards, exporting them to all corners of the globe. This collaboration provides the hunter with a ‘one stop shop’ that effectively keeps the entire event under one roof.

Red Stag

Red stag are known as one of the most majestic animals in the world and were introduced to New Zealand more than 150 years ago. Fall (red deer hunting season) begins at the end of February and runs through to July. During this time, 300 class red stag, right through to some of the world´s top SCI red stags, are available for hunting.

During the summer, red stag are dark red or brown with a lighter color of cream on the underbelly, inner thighs and rump. There may also be some spots on the summer coats, particularly along the spine. In winter, the pelage changes to a darker brown or grey, with lighter patches on the rump and undersides. It is notable that their caudal patch tends to reach higher up the rump than is the case with other deer.

Both sexes have tails of approximately 15 cm in length which are generally the same color as the caudal patch. This tail may have a dark dorsal stripe that can extend upwards along the spine. There is also a visible gland high on the cannon bones (the long bone immediately above the hoof) of the rear legs. Appearance can also be influenced by age and condition, for example yearlings and calves have a shorter head due to having fewer teeth in their jaw than an adult. Alternatively, when deer condition begins to fail through age their coats will often appear to be ginger in colour, even in the winter months. Calves are spotted at birth but generally loose these spots after about two months.

Fallow Deer

The palmated antlers of the fallow bear a resemblance to those of the moose, however the resemblance ends there. Unlike the North American giant, the fallow is one of the smaller deer species. Many venison aficionados maintain that fallow venison is the best tasting of all. The fascinating fallow can come in a wide variety of colours ranging from black and pure white to menil, or spotted. With their unique antler formations and differing coloured skins, they make a wonderful wall trophy.

Highlights

  • • Promotional price only available through Gunn&Hook! Save over $420 off the retail price.
  • • Hunt for red stag up to 320 SCI (i.e. 6x6).
  • • Hunt for fallow deer.
  • • Three-day hunting experience.
  • • World-class accommodations at Stravon.
  • • Lodge has received Qualmark’s prestigious Enviro Gold Lodgings and has its very own chef.
  • • Have questions? Call (855) 486-4665 to speak with one of our booking specialists now!

Special Terms

Want to upgrade your hunt? Give us a call!
Red Stag 320 - 360 SCI $6,950
Red Stag 360 - 390 SCI $10,000
Red Stag 390 - 420 SCI $15,000
White Stag $18,500

What's On Your Mind?

Where are you located?
On the eastern face of the Hunters Hills in the South Island of
New Zealand, approximately 45 minutes west of Timaru.

Are photo safaris available?
Absolutely! We advise all guests to bring their cameras no matter how big or small they are.

Can you assist us with our taxidermy requirements?
Yes, we most certainly can.

Can I Bow Hunt at Stravon?
Bow Hunting is most welcome here.
In fact it’s encouraged.
Due to the geography and native bush, bowhunters love hunting here as they can use the valleys and bush as a cover to silently stalk their prize.

Is New Zealand a good place to bring friends or family, even if they don't hunt or fish?
Most definitely. New Zealand offers the traveler one of the most complete holiday experiences on the planet.
What can be seen and done here in a matter of minutes let alone one week is quite simply astonishing.

Do you do fly fishing safaris without the hunting?
We sure do!
These safaris are tailor made as we have many locations but as a rough guide the last half of our Whitebait Run is what we generally like to prescribe our clients with.

Is it true you offer FREE Wallaby & Wild Pig hunting?
Yes, but ONLY when you are trophy hunting here.
We offer this to our guests for two reasons.
1) They love it!
2) Conservation and for the betterment of the land.

What is the exchange rate?
Obviously this changes but as a rough gauge - the New Zealand dollar is about $0.80 to the U.S. Dollar.

Is it free range or game estate hunting?
Both options are offered

When's the best time to hunt in New Zealand?
The primetime to hunt in New Zealand is from early March through to late July. In saying this, hunting in New Zealand is 365 days of the year.


Are hunting licenses and/or fees required?
You’ll be pleased to know that hunting in New Zealand requires no licenses, fees or limited seasons for big game hunting.
However, a license is required for waterfowl hunting and fishing. A one week fishing or bird license costs about US$20.

Is there a problem bringing a rifle into New Zealand?
Not at all, but you will have to register your rifle with the police at the airport upon your arrival, and you´ll need to pay a NZ$25 fee.
We will send you all necessary paperwork before you depart.
Plan to pack only your rifle, though. Pistols are not allowed in New Zealand.

What calibre of rifle is best?
Anything between a .270 and a 300. If you would prefer using our guns to hauling your own, we offer .270 and 7mm rifles.
But we do ask that you let us know ahead of your arrival so that we can reserve a rifle for you.

What's the weather like in New Zealand?
The weather in New Zealand can range from cold to shirtsleeve warm.
With New Zealand being an island nation, you can experience weather from all of the seasons in a 24 hour period.
One thing we can almost promise is that you´ll experience rain.
Pack your wet weather gear.

What sort of gear will I need to bring?
Bring all your usual hunting/fishing gear - boots, binoculars, ammo, backpack, flashlight, camera, rain gear, etc.

How long are the shots?
Every effort will be made to position the hunter within 150 yards or less, but be proficient at shooting up to 300 yards.

Where do I fly into, and how long is the flight to New Zealand?
You will go through customs in the city where you first arrive in
New Zealand (either Auckland or Christchurch). If you first fly into Auckland you will then fly on to Christchurch. Expect a flight of about 12 hours from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland, then another hour en route to Christchurch.

In a perfect world, from Auckland you can fly to Wellington, our nations capital and then catch a connecting one hour flight to Timaru.

How far is Christchurch airport?
We will pick you up at the Christchurch airport for the two and a half hour drive south.

What airlines fly to New Zealand from the U.S.A?
Qantas and Air New Zealand are the two major airlines that fly to New Zealand. American Airlines are partners with Qantas, and United partners with Air New Zealand. Frequent flyer miles can be used to purchase tickets, which currently require approximately 70,000 frequent flyer miles for a round trip ticket. Check with your airlines.
Air New Zealand offers a discount flight from Los Angeles to Christchurch three times a week.

How much is the airfare from the U.S.A to New Zealand?
Flights out of Los Angeles or San Francisco to New Zealand are anywhere from $1,250 per person.

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Highlights

  • • Promotional price only available through Gunn&Hook! Save over $420 off the retail price.
  • • Hunt for red stag up to 320 SCI (i.e. 6x6).
  • • Hunt for fallow deer.
  • • Three-day hunting experience.
  • • World-class accommodations at Stravon.
  • • Lodge has received Qualmark’s prestigious Enviro Gold Lodgings and has its very own chef.
  • • Have questions? Call (855) 486-4665 to speak with one of our booking specialists now!

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Stravon is the first guided hunting operation in New Zealand to be awarded an “Endorsed Visitor Activity Award for Hunting” by Tourism New Zealand. With this honour, we also received two Enviro Gold Awards. One for how we run our operation & environment and the other for our Alpine Eco Lodge, which also has Four Star Boutique Lodge status 3000 ft up the side of the Hunters Hills.

Being the first to achieve the standards set by Tourism New Zealand and Outdoors New Zealand's OutdoorsMark is something we are extremely proud of as it embraces what we believe to be the safest yet wildest and eco-friendly hunting operation in the nation.

Founded in 1864, Stravon lies on the eastern face of the Hunters Hills. The Hunters Hills received their aptly suited name from the Māori leader Te Huruhuru who considered the area as his favourite hunting ground. One of the first places on earth to see in the new day, these venerable hills date back to the Palezoic Age (roughly 270 million years ago) and have been renowned hunting grounds since man first arrived on these shores. However, in those days it wasn't venison on the menu but Moa.