For many Kiwi hunters, chasing roaring red stags in the South Island rates as a must do and each year hunters from all over the country head south to chase these majestic animals. New Zealand hunting literature is filled with countless tales of epic red stag hunts and since my childhood I have often dreamed of experiencing such a hunt.
So, after a lengthy discussion with my understanding wife, it was agreed that I could enter the Haast Roar Ballot for 2018. Yeehaa! The ballot process is fairly straightforward, choose three areas from a selection of blocks then cross your fingers. With my entry completed all I could do was wait to see if I would be heading south for the roar.
Success! I’d drawn a block during the second period. As soon as I found out, the research began. Google Earth is one of my favourite tools for scouting new areas and my initial view of the landscape featured everything you could hope for; large open tops, huge bush clad faces and a river edged with grassy clearings.