Originally Posted by gphil
So is there no limit on the amount of stags you can shoot in a year?
When is the stag rut? I have always been interested in trying to hunt these!
Welcome to New Zealand the hunters paradise!!! There are NO seasons/tags/limits of any kind. you can shoot any of the game species at ANY time and shoot as MANY as you want.(exceptions to this are waterfowl with a season and Wapiti/Elk which are on a balot system to gain access as they are only in a small area)
The Roar/rut is mid March till mid/late April roughly depending on the season and location. So youve just missed this years roar.
There is a great bonus to hunting here because you need no tags or seasons ect. BUT this also makes it very hard to get good animals on public land as these animals are hunted pretty much 24/7 in areas with good access.
Most good stags are taken on private land where there is less hunting pressure or are taken in remote public land where there is little hunting pressure. there are exceptions and good stags are taken on popular public land but there is alot of luck involved.
Were you after a "trophy of a lifetime " stag or just a nice red stag??