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Red Deer

Red stags are magnificent animals to hunt, with their massive multi pointed antlers and rough manes strutting their dominance with vocalised pride. Similar to elk but usually with more mass and points Wildside's mature stags can score anywhere from the early 300s to 500 SCI. The antler formations and styles are vast at Wildside ranging from multi pointed topped racks to the massively tall racks with main beams over 50". There is a stag at Wildside for everyone of our hunters dreams and desires.

The stags ypically locate themselves in the more open areas of clearings and broken bush during the rut where they keep a watch on their hinds (females). Constantly chasing off intruders and checking for in season hinds by the dominant stag is truly a sight to behold. The position of the “dominant stag” is challenged constantly and often changes creating exciting hunting opportunities on wandering evictees.

The “Roar” of the red stag can be heard for miles and is very loud and intimidating when at close quarters. At times the red stag can be lured to within mere yards by imitating noises like that of a roar or the thrashing of antlers on a tree. If you would like to have an adrenaline pumping rutting red stag hunt with either a bow or rifle then hunting the North Island with Wildside Hunting Safaris is for you.

The period that the stags are in hard antler is between mid February to late August with the rut usually starting early to mid March and going through to early May. Usually the mature stags start up first with the younger stags cleaning up the leftovers in May. Late May to August is still a very productive time to hunt as the stags are away from the hinds and are very focussed on feeding.

Take it from the experts and read what they have to say about their experiences with Wildside Hunting Safaris on the reference page. Some of our hunters who have hunted Africa say the roars of our reds stags sound similar to that of a lion’s roar and need to be reassured that they aren’t carnivorous!