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Glazebrook Fallow

The distinctive croak of the Fallow Buck often gives away his location.

Glazebrook is the 25,000 acre South Island arm of the Poronui hunting experience. Located at the end of the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough it is high country hunting at its best. Clients have the opportunity to hunt on-site chamois buck, red stag, fallow buck, arapawa ram and feral billy goat and boar. The terrain is open, relatively steep and the main hunting technique is ‘spot and stalk’.

An earlier blog talked about the numerous wild boar that roam Glazebrook, but the focus this blog will be fallow buck. Fallow are secretive deer species that are best hunted by trophy hunters when the rut begins to kick into gear in April, though earlier March hunts are sometimes favoured because bucks have not yet damaged their antlers fighting.

Fallow deer on Glazebrook are primarily a free-range herd, a range of colours, and scattered along valleys either side of the Waihopai River. Guides are essential as they know where the individual satellite herds hang out year after year. Some areas are devoid of fallow while nearby valleys are full of them.

The peak of the rut is roughly mid-April through to the end, with April 21 selected as the date it will be pure bedlam in the hills. Red stag on Glazebrook rut earlier (late March start) and will be tailing off when the fallow are croaking their hearts out.

Trophy wise, the Glazebrook free-range herd produces some big heads but is better known for even, neat heads nicely stained red/brown from rubbing on trees. The hunting experience is unique because of the range of game species seen when hunting a fallow buck. Sightings of red stag, wild pig and hundreds of goats is a guarantee. One of the best places to glass from is the Lodge situated on a high promontory with views up and down valley. Clients and guides often spend a lot of the daylight hours driving tracks and glassing individual valleys as rutting fallow are quite visual when seeking does. Their distinctive croak often gives away their location.

Greg Morton

Free-Range Sika Hunting

Hunt one of the finest Sika Deer in the world. 

There is a dimension to the hunting experience at Poronui that sets it apart. This extremely private and spectacularly beautiful 16,000 acres of backcountry wilderness is home to the finest free-range Sika deer.

These deer are cunning, wily and at the same time have a strong inquisitive urge. A successful spot and stalk hunt on this property will secure the trophy of your dreams but be prepared to be patient!

Stay in Safari Camp on the banks of the Mohaka River, dine under the stars and savour a drink around the blazing campfire. Fall asleep to the mesmerising sound of the Mohaka in this completely tranquil wilderness.

We provide everything. Just bring toiletries, clothing for all seasons and your hunting gear.

The package can be extended and additional animals added as per the list price.

Call +64 7 384 2080 to make a booking, or email info@poronui.com.

Prices

Two Day Hunt                                              NZ $4,850 pp

Four Day Hunt                                             NZ $6,150 pp
Includes twin accommodation at the Safari Camp, provisions for all meals from the Poronui Kitchen, beer, house wine, guided hunting and one free-range Sika Stag per person. Use of any hunting equipment is included.

Meat animal                                                NZ $   200

Management red stag (12-14 pointer)      NZ $1,500

Red Stag (14-18 pointer)                           NZ $2,500

Trophy free range Sika stag                       NZ $3,500

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