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ISSUE 42 - On Sale Mon 4th August

With waterfowl over for another year its back to the tail end of the Rusa rut and Sambar are underway as well. 

There’s still tahr and chamois to chase and winter Sika and Fallow but you’ll have to be quick to catch a Red stag with antlers on. It’s been a funny old winter so far, with lots of rain up north but few frosts, so the grass is still growing in most places.

It is still with some sadness I write this editorial. Our one year old Chessie Clipper drowned two weeks ago in a tragic accident that has left us all reeling. Clipper has been with Elsa at my side every day in the last 6 months or so since he was big enough to go to work. Nine and a half year old Elsa was really enjoying sharing her workload, whether it be carrying their dog packs full of water on fly camps to the tops and then a load of venison home, through to rapid retrieves in 100kmh winds when we’d just knocked 5 or 6 ducks down out of a flight and they were rapidly disappearing into the huge waves on Lake Ellesmere. His power and drive in the big water was outstanding for a year old dog, and yet he was the most biddable and happy go lucky dog to have around. In the year he was with us he carved a place in our hearts, and he’s left a big hole that will be hard to fill.

We kick off this issue with...

  • Scott’s Red stag
  • Caroline’s first tahr hunt
  • The River Boar
  • Paul’s Island Cruisin’
  • Bullet Drop Compensating scopes – the quick way to get on target for the hunter
  • Brent’s Africa Part 2
  • Tahr for Beginners – So you want to be a hunter
  • Brooke’s stag

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Keep your eyes peeled for the soon to be released ‘NZ Hunter Adventures TV Show’ which we have been working on since February.

Follow us on our adventures all over the most remote and rugged parts of New Zealand. The details are just being finalised and it will be launching onto Facebook, YouTube and our website anytime soon!

Winners of the 28th SPOT the LOGO Competion areā€¦


The winners of last issues Spot the Logo were Michael Maher and Andrew O’Hagan. The logos were on the Remington ad page 21 and the Stoney Creek ad page 37. There’s a new logo competition in ISSUE 42 - To find out how the Lo..

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NZ Hunter e-magazine now available on Zinio


From Issue 37 you can purchase electronic versions of the magazine over on ZINIO for viewing on the following devices : Rim, iPad, WebOS, Android, Win8, PC/MAC. Basically you have 2 purchasing options to choose from if yo..

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JUST ADDED: Paul Stennings Article "Decoy Painting for dummies" from issue 8

After many requests we have uploaded this informative article to our 'Hunting Resources' section 

Click here to download the article (note: the pdf is 3.5mb)

NZ Hunter Hunting Calendars now available on the website

You'll be happy to know that we have started uploading the Hunting Calendars that we published in previous editions of the magazine.    

Click here to find the 6 calendars in the 'Hunting Resources' section

Understanding Optics


We’ve decided to put a guide to understanding optics on the website, due to room constraints in the magazine. Optics reviews by nature cover some fairly technical stuff that requires quite a bit of explanation to anyone reading one fo..

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Rock and Roll DVD

DVD Released:
GET AMONGST IT - Big Game Hunting

This is a three and a half hour film of big game hunting on public land all over New Zealand.

It follows the NZ Hunter Crew through a whole year of big game hunting, starting in Spring, then Summer, the Wapiti Bugle in Fiordland, the Red and Sika Roar, Bowhunting in the Roar, and finally Tahr hunting.

By using the latest double layer technology, we’ve been able to get the equivalent playing time of 2 DVD’s onto one disc – like getting 2 for the price of one!

Buy one!

Also still available "Rock & Roll", NZ Hunter’s Kiwi Duck and Goose Hunting DVD

Rock and Roll DVD

DVD Released: 

Rock & Roll - Kiwi duck and goose hunting at its best!

Hunting – It’s not a hobby for the NZHUNTER team, it’s a way of life!

Join us for 1 ¾ hours of hard out waterfowl hunting in New Zealand’s North and South Islands.Follow us on a variety of duck and goose hunts over both land and water, and have a laugh with us along the way.


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"Spot the Logo" Competition Continues!

In Issue 42 we continue the popular Spot the logo competition - Simply spot the NZ Hunter Duck & Stag logo cleverly hidden in two adverts somewhere within the magazine, then email us at and tell us exactly which pages and adverts you spotted them in.

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