Originally Posted by gphil
Thats kind of the drift I was catching from the reading ive done on New Zealand. So the game population is so dense that their considered pests?
One of These Days I will hopefully be able to make it down there. How do the North and South Islands compare as far as terrain and game population and public access?
It depends a lot on what area you are in. In the past yes the deer populations have been very high and the government has had to take action. But at the moment the deer numbers are sustainable in most areas and the govt doesn't do much control for deer. But the spend a lot of money on goats and possums and in areas pigs are a real problem.
The North Island is generally a lot more bush(very thick, like a jungle for people who haven't seen it.) style hunting and the South Island has more open country and some higher open tops tussock country. This is just a general over view.
Public access is easy in both islands and game populations are varied depending on local areas.
The south island has Tahr, Chamois and wapiti but the north island has sika, sambar and rusa.