Guided Hunting with Chris Jolly Outdoors
Here at Chris Jolly Outdoors, we are proud to be able to offer some of the best authentic New Zealand hunting experience for trophy and free range stags.
Hunt exclusively and safely on 10,000 acres of native bush situated at the southern end of Lake Taupo with good representative stags roaming the property and Trophy Stags upward of 300+ SCI within our fair chase environment. The terrain and hunting conditions are varied with large native Podocarp forests, scrub lands (reverted pasture) and open grass pastures which 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.
Surrounded by the Tongariro National Park, this is true hunting New Zealand style.
The terrain provides a variety of opportunity from steep faces to grazing flats to view and prepare for your trophy shot AND capture some of the most precious memories ever to be made. 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.
You will be staying at a private hunting lodge set amongst the native bush with outstanding views across a spectacular geological valley where a glimpse of a deer or goat is common. The main lodge houses the kitchen and lounge area, with an open log fire where the talk of the days hunt is retold while the meals are prepared.
Modern warm, carpeted cabins with hot showers and efficient wood burners provide a place to rest after the hunting day. We have an emphasis on New Zealand’s finest food and wine. Meals are in keeping with the setting, as you might expect game is frequently on the dinner menu. A hearty breakfast starts the day for whatever pursuit awaits. We can arrange specific food requirements to meet all tastes.
On a clear evening the sky is a brilliant array of stars with the calls of New Zealand’s native owls and Moreporks providing a night time serenade. In the morning you will awake to the dawn chorus of New Zealand’s unique Tui and Bellbird.
Helicopter transport can be arranged from anywhere in New Zealand, and we can arrange transport from Auckland International Airport or our local domestic terminal at Taupo either by vehicle or helicopter.
The Hunting Season
Hunting season starts mid March with The Roar taking place from late March till late April with superb trophy animals presenting an irresistible challenge. We continue to trophy hunt until August. Non trophy hunts can be done (by arrangement) year round.
Other wild trophy animals include fallow bucks, wild ram, turkey and Aarapawa and South Pacific goats.