Hunting Elk

The challenge of luring a mature Elk bull out of the timber during the hunt

makes for a great once  in a lifetime experience.

 

 

Our country is varied and long shots to test  the skill of the dedicated rifleman also

occur regularly.

 

The policy of not harvesting immature bulls means that each year a large number

of Elk bulls reach their top trophy potential.

6 x 6 bulls are common, but we  wish to share with you the challenge of taking exceptional trophies.

 

The liberation of  North American Elk took place in 1905,

a gift to the New Zealand Government by the American President Theodore Roosevelt. They were placed in the inhospitable Fiordland National Park, in the southwestern corner of the South Island.

 

The Rocky Mountain Elk or Wapiti adapted readily to their new environment and in the early years  grew antlers approaching the best that their North American forebears produced. Unfortunately, the herd expansion was halted by the topography and the fast encroaching Red deer herds.

 

Because there are so  few pure Elk left in the wilds of Fiordland, the only hunting available is a  ‘game estate’ hunt.

 

Each year we take some exceptional bulls.

 

Where we hunt

The Elk/Wapiti hunting area is made up of a mixture of grassland and forested areas. The terrain is rolling to steep with patches of bush and clearings, some shots can be long.

 

Bulls can be spotted from a distance and time can be taken to properly access trophy potential.

 

The challenge of luring a mature bull out of the timber during the rut makes a once in a lifetime experience.

 

But our country is varied and long shots to test the skill of the dedicated rifleman also occur regularly.

 

The policy of not harvesting immature bulls means that each year a large number of bulls reach their top trophy potential.

6 x 6 bulls are common, but we wish to share with you the challenge of taking exceptional trophies.

 

To compliment this we also offer free range Fallow and Red Stag hunting.

These hunting areas are situated in different areas adjacent to the Elk / Wapiti hunting estate.

 

 

All the areas we hunt on are private land owned by John and Robin Batley.

 

We have taken some outstanding free range Fallow bucks in the last few years. We hunt free range Red Stags on our property that backs on to State forest land where there are many thousands of acres of forest, we only need to hunt the fringe country.

 

At South Pacific Wapiti we look forward to sharing one of hunting's best kept secrets with you by giving you the hunting experience of a lifetime.

 

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