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ISSUE 49 - On Sale Mon 28th September

Spring is in the air - well, not really in the high country for a month or so yet, and the spring equinoctial weather can be very disturbed and wintery at times!

There are still a few deer species with antlers on for those after a trophy (see page 14), and of course it is a great time to get yourself a trophy of one of the alpine species – tahr and chamois. The bulls are coming progressively lower in altitude and more accessible, and will often be in male only groups making trophy evaluation easier. Chamois bucks are usually loners though (except for Jono and Jacques’ bucks, page 26!), so keep looking for that big animal on its own and you might strike that 10 inch buck you’ve been looking for. In general all our animals will slowly be putting condition back on after the winter so their eating quality will keep improving on the run down to Christmas.  

This issue we have...

  • Big bulls and bucks from South Westland
  • Otago Roaring Reds
  • Those all-important antlers - what’s got what when
  • Johnny takes you through Map and Compass use
  • A double on big buck East Coast chamois
  • Matt does Riflemen in his birds series
  • How to get that custom turret or BDC order right
  • Boris the boar, Maria and me
  • Greig goes ultra-light on his gear
  • A big Canterbury stag for a young fella 

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Winners of the 35th SPOT the LOGO Competition are…


The winners of last issues Spot the Logo were Kim Bowden and Graham Perkins. The logos were in the Thermarest ad on page 22 and the Burris Eliminator ad on page 65. There’s a new logo competition in ISSUE 49 - To find out how the ..

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Latest Subscription Winners + New Draw released in Issue 49


We’ve drawn the latest subscription prize draw and the winners were Scott McNair – who won a East Kaweka Helicopter flight to the value of $1050 Nathan McCluskie – who won a Mission Kayak “WOLF” package RRP $999 Thomas Dalle..

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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 49 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 comp36@nzhunter.co.nz and tell us exactly which pages and adverts you spotted them in.

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