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ISSUE 48 - On Sale Mon 3rd August

The middle of winter is the time of year when a lot will be tucked up round a warm fire, but if you pick your weather, there are still lots of hunting opportunities to be had.

Chasing tahr and chamois in the snow on clear frosty days is always a delight – so long as you have the right gear! You’ve only got about a month left at the most for a Red stag with antlers on, but there’s still plenty of time for most North Island only species. Sika are the first to drop their antlers at the end of September, and its still prime rutting time for Sambar and Rusa for a quite few weeks yet. Of course if you are after meat, a hind/female is a far better proposition than a stag/male of any species this time of year, as generally they will be in far better condition. 

This issue we have...

  • Landsborough bull tahr by bow
  • Two 12 pointers from the East Coast
  • Our expedition trip gear list
  • Simon’s Dark River Wapiti expedition
  • Jonny takes Georgi the Jafa hunting
  • Matt starts a photographic series on NZ’s native birds
  • Rob’s 14 pointer
  • The Back Ridge Butcher builds a hunter’s home away from home
  • Deer Dogs must read training roundup
  • Spotting scopes 101 – why you need one, how to use one and what to buy 

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Winners of the 34th SPOT the LOGO Competition are…


The winners of last issues Spot the Logo were Roger Wilson and Tony Stewart. The logos were in the Hardy Engineering ad on page 15, and the Toast Master ad on page 35. There’s a new logo competition in ISSUE 47 - To find out how the ..

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Latest Subscription Winners + New Draw released in Issue 46


We’ve drawn the latest subscription prize draw and the winners were Robert Howie from Christchurch – who won a helicopter flight with HeliSika to the value of $1200 Kerry Harland from Hornby – who won a Burris Full Fi..

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Recipe - AS SEEN ON TV

Crispy Duck McNuggets


Download articles from our How To's Archive 

20 Tahr rut Hunting Tips


Decoy Painting for Dummies


Tahr & Chamois Evaluation


Click here to find more How To's in the 'Hunting Resources' section

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.  

Hunt Calendar


Hunt Calendar


Hunt Calendar


Click here to find all 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 48 we continue the popular Spot the logo competition - Simply spot the NEW NZ Hunter logo icon cleverly hidden in two adverts somewhere within the magazine, then email us at comp35@nzhunter.co.nz and tell us exactly which pages and adverts you spotted them in.

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