Hunt New Zealand Wapiti Elk
South Pacific Wapiti Elk Bulls, sporting magnificent, symmetrical round antlers, are a favourite game hunt of many visitors to Tokomaru Lifestyle.
This glorious round-horned Deer is not as commonly hunted in New Zealand as the Red Stag, but our Wapiti, descended from the blood line of Rocky Mountain Elk gifted to New Zealand in the early part of last century by President Roosevelt are undeniably some of the largest Elk you'll find anywhere in the world.
These huge Deer produce some of the largest trophy heads around, often weighing up to 1,000lb, and it's not uncommon for trophies of 400 SCI + to be taken.
Depending on the season of your visit, Wapiti Elk can present different coloured coats: reddish or brown in the summer and a lighter grey colour in the winter months. As with Red Stags and Fallow Deer, early Autumn is the mating period for Wapiti, known colloquially as 'the rut' or 'the bugle'. For 8 - 10 weeks beginning early March, Bulls challenge each other for the right to mate with the female Elk, issuing a whistled challenge (hence the name 'bugle').
Regardless of when you choose to hunt Wapiti in New Zealand, a Wapiti Bull makes for an unquestionably impressive and long-lasting trophy, and can be hunted by rifle or bow, either fair-chase in our 80 acre hunting paddock or out in our larger, free-range (but private) terrain of hills, valleys and trees.
Other Tailored Hunting Options
Wapiti not quite what you had in mind for your hunt? At Tokomaru Lifestyle we offer a range of different species for hunting and are more than happy to arrange custom packages to adhere to your specific requirements.
Contact us now to make an enquiry and we'll be happy to work collaboratively with you to put together your perfect hunting package.