New Zealand affords some amazing hunting opportunities from the mighty red stag and cunning Sika to the Himalayan Tahr and European Chamois of the Southern Alps. In fact, there are six species of deer available in New Zealand (red stag, Sika, fallow, Rusa, Sambar, whitetail) as well as elk, tahr, chamois, wild pigs, goats and Arapawa sheep.
Poronui was the site of the original liberation of Sika deer in New Zealand and remains the focus of the free range population, producing many top class trophies each year. Its 3,000 acre game estate also provides challenging hunting for magnificent red stags, fallow bucks and Rusa stags.
Sika rut in mid to late April when they become particularly vocal and aggressive.
There is nothing like the high pitched call of the Sika stag to make the hair stand up on your neck. Stags will come to a call, often crashing in aggressively which makes for exciting hunting! Top trophies are often taken prior to the rut in April, but for sheer adrenaline there is nothing quite like targeting rutting Sika.