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.
We now have a new hunting operation in place just an hour’s drive from Taupo and another hunting lodge in the Wairarapa. The 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 at the lodge is in comfortable, individual cabins. Fully carpeted floors, comfortable beds, warm fires and great cuisine make for a welcome retreat from the vigours of a day’s hunting.
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.