Glazebrook guests enjoyed some great hunting (as usual!) this season, so much so that many have booked to repeat the experience again next year. Eve caught up with Glazebrook guide, Snow Hewetson, to get his insights.
This week, I caught up with Snow Hewetson, who has been a hunting guide at Glazebrook for around 10 years. As Snow says “the knowledge that I - and the other Glazebrook guides - have gathered about the property over the years is key to knowing where the free-range stags are hiding at different times of the season. One of the real benefits of hunting at Glazebrook is that stags winter on the property. As the frosts settle-in they tend to move down off the higher slopes, not quite to the frosty flats, but instead to the sunnier north-facing slopes.”
It is these sunny northern slopes that Snow plans to head up in a couple of days’ time with the next hunting party.
It’s been a busy 2018 for the team and the success rate at Glazebrook has been high again this season. Snow believes the Fallow hunting is hard to beat down there at the moment, not just because of the quality of the trophy but the number of bucks seen each hunt. Check out this video recently taken of some Glazebrook bucks on the property. “Nothing like bucks croaking from different directions to get hunters excited.”
Glazebrook, once a well-kept secret that flew under the radar is now becoming ‘the place to go for keen Kiwi and Australian hunters… There are more steady repeats than ever before with many re-booking before they leave’. This means that availability is becoming scarce at this southern gem of a hunting property. However; Glazebrook is not for the faint-hearted, it is truly an authentic New Zealand high country hunting experience, with a few lodge comforts and genuine Kiwi hospitality thrown in.
When pressed about his highlight for the season, Snow recounted his hunt with a guest named Steve who uses a wheelchair but who didn’t let it confine him. ‘We set off in the Kubota. I knew roughly where the stags would come out in the evening and one spot, in particular, came to mind. We waited until this Red came over the ridge, it stood still up there and from 30 meters Steve took him. It doesn’t get much better than that.’ Snow (like many of the other guides) really enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with his clients. He gets great satisfaction from seeing a novice gain in confidence. His experiences as a father have also led him to highly rate spring hunts for families and Father/Child groups. The learning experience is invaluable and the trophy this time is venison for the BBQ.