Guided Hunting with Chris Jolly Outdoors
Here at Chris Jolly Outdoors, we are proud to be able to offer some of the best free range guided hunting for genuinely wild deer to be found anywhere.
Our private and exclusive property ranges over 20,000 acres of Southern Wairarapa coastal hill country, which is located on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Here we encounter a wide variety of terrain and hunting conditions, large native Podocarp forests, scrub lands (reverted pasture) and open grass pastures make for a perfect environment for both the deer and the hunter. During the Roar (rut), the master stags tend to herd the hinds (does) into the native forest. This provides thrilling close encounter type hunting (if a little energetic!) as we are often able to call the stags into close proximity. After the Roar, the stags tend to drift out of the forest and feed on the grass adjacent, recouping after the rigours of the mating season. This type of hunting is more about the use of binoculars and longer range shooting and often produces the biggest stags. We are targeting 10-14 point animals that may be up to 40″. We do NOT charge trophy fees for each animal shot so there is always a chance to take a second bigger stag during your stay.
The terrain is moderately steep, access around the property is on well formed 4 x 4 tracks but a reasonable amount of fitness will certainly improve your chances. All hunting is on a guided basis with a maximum of two hunters per guide.
Accommodation is in a comfortable, purpose built lodge/camp. On most occasions, you will have the camp to yourself. Fully carpeted floors, comfortable beds, warm fires and great cuisine make for a welcome retreat from the vigours of a day’s hunting. With seven miles of private coastline, crayfish and abalone (paua) often supplement venison, wild port and wild mutton on the menu.
The Hunting Season
Our season starts in mid to late March. The Roar takes place approximately from late March til late April. We continue to trophy hunt until August at which point the large stags are near to casting their antlers. Non trophy hunts can be done (by arrangement) year round.