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Moving to NZ and hunting? Any advice please?
Jun 19th, 2018 at 8:06pm
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Looking for some advice if possible please?

Iím a 28 year old vet and Iím considering moving out to NZ for a year,(maybe two) for a change of scenery. One of the main attractions is people in New Zealand seem really keen on hunting and fishing.

At the moment I do quite a bit of deer stalking, a lot of duck/goose hunting and some fishing in between the shooting seasons.

The bucket list would really be to probably go after a tahr,(despite really not being great with steep heights!).

How Ďeasyí is it for someone to go and hunt public land over in NZ? And how do most people go about it? Take a weeks holiday and camp or what?

Any tips or pointers would be massively appreciated as Iím still very much in the early stages at his point but keen to give it a go.


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Reply #1 - Jun 19th, 2018 at 9:39pm
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vet....hmmmm great stuff we always need good vets Wink
come to south canterbury regeion . timaru,geraldine,ashburton and we will show you great hunting and fishing. within 1hour drive of here there are just about all the game animals you could want.pigs,red n fallow deer,chammy and thar,wallabies,ducks n geese,trout and salmon...then there is the sea fishing if that floats your boat.

to hunt game birds you need licence and stick to season.may,june july here in central sth island.

big game,you simply need a permit from Dept of conservation.....

a bangstick or 2
and away you go,plenty of good fellas about who will show you a spot to go ,or at least give you directions,not thier personal hot spot mind ,but a good spot none the less.
we having a real big shake up with micoplasmabovis so good vet will be welcome.
  
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Reply #2 - Jun 20th, 2018 at 6:22pm
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Omarama is looking for a vet atm and plenty of game down these ways
  
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Reply #3 - Jun 20th, 2018 at 7:00pm
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You won't have a problem to settle here for good if thats on the cards. Vets are highly sought after here and INZ has them on "The List" (http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/veterinarian) so as long as you do your part right it should be pretty straight forward...  Cool

I reckon that all you need to stay here for ever is just ONE trip up the Alps mate. It did worked for me.Haven't been back "home" since...  Wink
  
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Do you specialise in large animals or domestic? Large animal vets are also sought after in the Central North Island. Working in the Waikato/Central NI cuts your hunting travel time down considerably. 3 species of deer huntable 365 days/yr, pigs, goats all under 2 hours travel from most locations. Plus sea and river fishing again within 2 hours travel. The world's your oyster down here with your qualifications Smiley
  
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Reply #5 - Jul 5th, 2018 at 12:08am
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Thank you all very much for the replies! Really appreciate all the tips and help.

How safe is it to head off into public land? (is DOC the same? I really need to google search but might as well ask more knowledgable people on here). I've got plenty hunting experience but you guys have massive areas over there and the weather/climate/volume of hunters is obviously going to be different!

I shoot a few sika and roe deer yearly. Thar / chamois / rusa / feral pigs and goats are all things that I can't get back home though.

XRhunter wrote on Jun 22nd, 2018 at 5:31pm:
Do you specialise in large animals or domestic? Large animal vets are also sought after in the Central North Island. Working in the Waikato/Central NI cuts your hunting travel time down considerably. 3 species of deer huntable 365 days/yr, pigs, goats all under 2 hours travel from most locations. Plus sea and river fishing again within 2 hours travel. The world's your oyster down here with your qualifications Smiley


I did a year of farm work and currently doing small animal so happy to work away at either to be honest!

Whats the 3 deer species in the north island? red/fallow/sika?

Is the hunting better in the north or south? I've always assumed the south and the landscape looks incredible.



Many thanks for all the help and apologies for the delay in replying!
  
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Red Fallow Sika Sambar and Rusa.
Wap, reds and fallow in the south.
Don't forget there's also Chamois here too.
  
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ashfishman wrote on Jul 5th, 2018 at 9:12am:
Red Fallow Sika Sambar and Rusa.
Wap, reds and fallow in the south.
Don't forget there's also Chamois here too.



And a few Whitetail down south
  
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Reply #8 - Jul 5th, 2018 at 8:21pm
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If you work in large animals (if your are any good at it) you will develop a large farmer group of contacts who are likely to help out with hunting advice
  

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Reply #9 - Jul 5th, 2018 at 8:34pm
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South Canterbury would be my pick, for the same reasons mentioned above

As for public land being dangerous, yes it is but it depends how you manage it, wear blaze or go somewhere else if other hunters are around (I wouldnít say bumping into other hunters is likely but it happens) Weather wise just watch forecasts and either donít go or take caution. It will take you awhile to get used to terrain and stuff if possible itís best to try and tag along on a few hunts to learn and boost your confidence.

Hope this helps, if youíre ever on the west coast of the South Island flick me a message and Iíll try sort out a hunt.
  
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NZ roads are far more dangerous than the bush.  Statistically you far more likely to be killed on the road getting to your hunting grounds then getting shot while hunting.
  
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Reply #11 - Sep 17th, 2018 at 3:55pm
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I moved out here for 2 years from the UK mainly for the hunting and fishing (coming to an end in a matter of weeks  Sad ). I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have just send a pm or message me via instagram (@lostyorkshireman) if you are on there
  
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