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Trophy Sika Stag. Alan Simmons Wildlife Safaris Ltd.
"Established 1979 and still guiding hunters year after year"

Affordable True Wilderness Hunts For Real Hunters

For twenty years Alan Simmons has been guiding free range hunters to great stags. As more and more trophy hunters choose to hunt in Safari Parks Alan has set about to provide this excellent alternative for individual hunters to join others in a true wilderness hunt during absolute prime time. By providing and overseeing the infrastructure REAL hunters can concentrate on New Zealand best traditional hunting.


Majestic Red Stags.... The Sport of Kings
Tip: Click on image of Stag to hear a Red Stag roar

The Cost.
US$1000.00: UK£700.00: AUST$1600.00: Per person. Includes 12.5% tax, food, transport, helicopter and private land fees.

Wild Red StagTo hunt the wild Red Stag in his own environment is indeed a challenge that has besotted man for centuries.

Overview
These hunts are not FULLY guided although a guide is in camp and available to assist wherever required. His job is to oversee the smooth running of the camp, cooking, safety, hunting advice and accompanying hunters if required, head skinning etc. We provide the infrastructure so that you can hunt on your own or with limited assistance in an area that has a good population of animals. We provide all the equipment and you only require clothing, boots, rifle etch.
The Red Stag camps are restricted to three hunters maximum and individual or party bookings are accepted on a first come basis. One of the benefits of such a camp is that you can hunt as an individual while sharing the costs of the camp with others.
The camp only runs from 3rd of April until mid April during the Red Stag Roar.

The Quarry. Guide Alan Simmons carrying an exceptionally good trophy out from the forest.
Red Stags, the sport of kings and rulers, are once again readily available to the hunter of average fitness who is prepared to spend the time hunting and is not put off by the chance that he may fail first time up. A true wild New Zealand bush stag has to be one of hunting's great challenges; born of wild dense rain forest, antlers stained black from rubbing trees instead of grass, suspect of every gentle breeze, sound and movement, yet born to challenge and fight to the death over territories and hind herds. Successfully hunt a wild Red Stag from the NZ forest and join an elite group of hunters who can truly bask in honest success.

What you can shoot and area hunted
The area hunted is private land near the Urewera National Park. It id heavily forested and steep. Camp is at 2500 feet and the hills peak at 4300 feet. The hunting area is extensive and and most of it is untouched by our hunts. The number of animals is moderate and consistent with the habitat. The trophies range up to fourteen pointers although eight and tens are more the norm. You may shoot as many animals as you wish within reason and there is no limit on the number of stags you can shoot. Basicly, if you can hunt them, then you can shoot them. You can only bring out in the helicopter trophies, skins and a little boned out meat.

What to Bring.
Rifle of reasonable caliber such as .270, 30.06, 308, etc. Boots which are waterproof (leather, etc.); sneakers for around the camp; sleeping bag (can be supplied - please advise); woolen or fleece clothing (no noise); binoculars are a must; hat - preferably one that will keep your ears warm during early morning; camera and other hunting equipment with which you are comfortable. I

To Book. Dates available for the 1999 season are: Trip 1: In 3rd April - out 9th April. Trip 2: In 10th April - out 16th April. A deposit of 30% is required and this can be by way of a personal cheque. Your overseas cheque is quite acceptable to our bank. The balance is required on arrival.


Sika Stags....Cunning and Challangeing
Tip: Click on image of Stag to hear a Sika Stag roar
Trophy Sika Stag. The Cost.
US$980.00: UK£600.00: Aust$1450.00: Per person. Includes 12.5% tax, food, transport, helicopter and private land fees.

Overview
These hunts are not FULLY guided although a guide is in camp and available to assist wherever required. His job is to oversee the smooth running of the camp, cooking, safety, hunting advice and accompanying hunters if required, head skinning etc. We provide the infrastructure so that you can hunt on your own or with limited assistance in an area that has a good population of animals. We provide all the equipment and you only require clothing, boots, rifle etc.
We have spent considerable time tracking the Sika area enabling the hunters to access the better deer areas quickly. The Sika camps are restricted to three hunters maximum and individual or party bookings are accepted on a first come basis. One of the benefits of such a camp is that you can hunt as an individual while sharing the costs of the camp with others.


lunch break in bush. American hunter Perry Sharboneau with guide Colin Weller

What you can shoot and area hunted
The area hunted is private land in the Kaimanawa Mountains. It is thickly forested and steep. Camp is at 2000 feet and the hills peak at 4500 feet. The hunting area is extensive and and most of it has remained untouched by our hunts in 10 years. The number of animals is considered to be very high by Game biologists. You may shoot as many animals as you wish within reason and there is no limit on the number of stags you can shoot. Basicly, if you can hunt them, then you can shoot them. You can only bring out in the helicopter, trophies, skins and a little boned out meat.

The Camp.
A large tented area in a warm bush clearing near a stream. Each hunter has his own tent or swag and we also erect a large cover to create a cooking and conversation area. A huge campfire adds to the atmosphere as does the wildlife that visits the camp. We also have a hot bath which was flown into the camp and this provides incredible relief for tired muscles.
The camp only runs from 5th April until end of April during the Sika Stag Roar.


The Quarry Australian Hunter with great trophy
Sika deer are native to China and Japan and are found also in the United Kingdom and Texas and some of Europe. The largest prolific population is found within the Kaimanawa and Kaweka mountain ranges of New Zealand. These mountains form part of the rugged backbone that runs almost the length of New Zealand. Rising to 5000 feet they are clothed in dense Mountain Beech forest and In some areas a thick spindly scrub called Manuka. The high peaks are bare, consisting mostly of tussock grass and rock. During the winter, snow often lays on the ground but rarely settles for long periods.

Sika Deer are found throughout the several million acres of bush and, being of a secretive nature, they tend to inhabit the lower warmer bush or scrub covered faces. In some areas the population is high, with numbers often in the order of 20 - 30 per map square (1-5000) but this high population doesn't help the hunter as they are by far the most wary and challenging of all deer to hunt. Many hunters become addicted to Sika hunting because of the excitement and challenge they present.

Sika Deer are about one third smaller than Red Deer, with a mature stag about the size of a Red Spiker. They grow antlers that are designed to kill rather than defend so they tend to be long and very pointed with a reinforcing ridge running up from the brow tine. A Sika Stag can become an 8 pointer on its second head but this tends to be very small. By about 5 years the antlers are usually of top trophy class; however, once the stag reaches this age he almost becomes unhuntable due to his cunning. Eight points is the normal antler formation with the occasional stag exceeding that. There is some interbreeding taking place with Red Deer; however, these are easily recognized.

A Proud German Hunter with a small but well earned trophy

The stags roar with a deafening scream that can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Also, they warn each other of danger by a very high pitched whistle which they continue to make as they move up the mountain. They can be dangerous and have been known to charge hunters. There aggressive nature is used to make them "charge the bullet." Often your shot will be taken at 5 meters in this manner. Very exciting! It is not uncommon for Sika Deer to move around the camp at night.

One of the best Sika Trophies ever shot. Keith Wollard is the successful hunter Trophy Potential
The trophy potential varies from small to world records. Every hunter can be assured that Stags exist in the region that exceed world records. In 1990 a hunter was seen shooting a 32" long Stag which scored as the largest pure bred Sika Stag ever shot by a Safari Club International (SCI) member and a true wild and free animal. It had survived hunters' bullets for 12 years (aged by Conservation Department officials). There are Stags still within our hunting area that exceed that.

Because this is true wilderness hunting, the fitter you are the better your chances. Those very fit hunters may get to spike camp overnight in a couple of places at the extremities of our area where we know some large stags exist. Those less able hunt closer to camp. An animal or two is always shot from camp every year.

What to Bring.
Rifle of reasonable caliber such as .270, 30.06, 308, etc. Boots which are waterproof (leather, etc.); shoes for around house; sleeping bag (can be supplied - please advise); woolen or fleece clothing (no noise); binoculars are a must; hat - preferably one that will keep your ears warm during early morning; camera and other hunting equipment with which you are comfortable.

To Book.
Dates Available for 1999 season are: Trip 1: in 10th April - out 16th April. Trip 2: In 17th April - out 23rd. Trip 3 in 24th April - out 30th April. A deposit of 30% is required and this can be by way of a personal cheque. Your overseas cheque is quite acceptable to our bank. The balance is required on arrival.

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