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ISSUE 77 - On Sale Monday 8th June

As I write this we are in Covid 19 Level 2 and hunters are allowed to go bush all over the country again, as long as they are sensible about it and follow the Level 2 guidelines.

Thankfully most hunters were seen to be obeying the rules through Level 3 and 4, but there were a couple of exceptions. Hopefully we have no major community outbreaks and we will be able to continue to get back to normal both in work and recreation where possible.

Under Level 3 we were able to stick to our North Island and South Island NZ Hunter bubbles and get out and film a couple of late roar episodes day hunting on private land – which was a real change for us and a totally different style of filming. Unfortunately the movie camera expertise was in the S.I. bubble and Luke and I in the N.I. had to bumble our way through as best we could!

Hopefully next season you’ll find the “Covid Episodes” entertaining and rest assured, we’re back into the big country now with a vengeance!

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF) in conjunction with the GAC has come up with a fantastic opportunity to help other Kiwis in need, and show hunters in a great light. FWF need to remove around 1000 Red and inferior Wapiti type animals from Fiordland each year to meet the biodiversity part of their agreement with DOC, and this year with the feral venison price being so low, they were going to have to search and destroy - leaving the animals where they fell instead of recovering them. The FWF and the GAC approached DOC and suggested why don’t they recover the animals and have the meat processed and donated to the food banks for needy New Zealanders. DOC have come to the party and supported the operation out of their own budget to make it a break-even proposition for the helicopter operators, Southern Lakes and Fiordland Helicopters who are providing their machines and expertise for no profit. Fare Game Meats in Invercargill are also processing the animals at a very good rate and the end product will be Wapiti mince provided for the needy free of charge through the food bank system. Prominent chefs will also be involved providing easy recipes to ensure everyone knows how to get the most out of this meat. As I write this we are about to head in with the operators and film a story from the mountain to the plate around the whole “Meat the Need” operation. In these days of Covid-19 doom and gloom it is nice to have such a feel good story come about due to the efforts of the hunting fraternity.

This issue we have... 

  • The Jacobs Valley – with tahr guide Joseph Peter and Swedish photographer Hans Berggren
  • Winter Hunting Red Stags by Luke Care
  • Karl Bottema and the Holy Grail
  • Jens Logstrup’s Kaimanawa Sika
  • Highcountry Winter Stags with Matt Senior
  • Advice From A Hunting Newbie – Hannah Rae
  • Perfecting Layers – A Guide by Points South
  • Winter Porkers by Cody Weller


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NZ Hunter Adventures Season 4 now on Duke

Hopefully if you’re not out in the hills actually hunting, you guys managed to catch the first episode of the new season of NZ Hunter Adventures on TVNZ’s Duke channel on January 31st. Part 2 of that epic adventure is on February 7th, with an episode every Wednesday night at 8.30pm. If you did miss it, don’t forget you can catch it at TVNZ On Demand.


Winners of the 63nd (issue 76) SPOT the LOGO Competition are…


The winners of issue 76 Spot the Logo completion Kevin Rowe and Callum Blackburn The logos were on page 73 in the Tuff advert and on page 99 in the Sportways advert. There’s a new logo competition in ISSUE 77 - To find out how the Logo..

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Latest Subscription Winners & New Draw released in Issue 76


We’ve drawn the latest subscription prize draw on the 14th of March and the winners were Ross Patrick – the Helisika flight James Bishop – the Bakewell Burner Steve Mattock – the Wright Mounts Taxidermy $1000 voucher Make..

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Kaweka Mountain Beech Project 18 Year Summary

In issue 51 we printed an article from the Kaweka Mountain Beeach Project that provides a concise summary of the past 18 Years for the project. It is interesting reading and can now be downloaded from our Hunting Resources section.

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Download articles from our Gun Dog Training for Busy People series

You'll be happy to know that the 4 Gun Dog Training articles that ran in previous editions of the magazine (issues 55-58) are now available for download.   


Gun Dog Training for Busy People - Part 1


Gun Dog Training for Busy People - Part 2


Gun Dog Training for Busy People - Part 3


Gun Dog Training for Busy People - Part 4


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

Download past recipes 

We have started uploading some of the Recipes we've published in previous editions of the magazine.  

BBQ Roasted Rabbit Galantine


Crispy Duck McNuggets


Ribollita - Recipe Issue 60


Singapore Char Kway Teow


Turkish Gosleme with Venison


Venison or Tahr Rendang


Wild Pork Burger - Issue 63


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: 

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 77 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 comp64@nzhunter.co.nz and tell us exactly which pages and adverts you spotted them in.

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