Gear list and additional information on hunting in New Zealand

Here is some additional information on how to be prepared for your New Zealand hunting experience and the gear you will need.

Firearms

If you hold a current equivalent license, to possess a firearm in your country and you want to bring in a firearm into New Zealand you require a permit from the New Zealand Police. You can either apply for this online, or when you arrive at one of our international airports simply declare it at as you go through customs and they will take you to the NZ police office to procure a permit. Currently (2011) it will cost you around NZ $25.

See: http://www.police.govt.nz/service/firearms/firearms_visitors_licence_and_permit_to_import.pdf

Fitness

One of the most challenging parts of authentic hunting in New Zealand is getting around in our mountainous country. For the visiting hunter I cannot recommend enough the importance of undergoing some form of fitness program. Not only to enable you to be able to get to where we need to be make the shot, but also so you are able to enjoy your hunting experience that much more.

Expect a river crossing to be part of the hunting experience

River Crossings

The majority of the places I hunt are in one of the South Island’s eastern river catchment systems. To get around it while hunting it is often necessary to cross the river, sometimes several times during the day. These rivers are generally low during the winter months due to things freezing higher up the mountain. Occasionally they are prone to flood which can have a major influence on the outcome of the hunt. Many of my clients have never crossed a river before and for them this is part of their adventure. Luckily having hunted in this country for close to thirty years I am very experienced in river crossing technics.

Clothing for high country hunts

These days there are a lot of good quality high-tech products available on sale in hunting stores all around the world. When deciding what to bring with you break it down into 3 layers. Your base layer which is closest to your skin should be clothing specially designed to draw the moisture away from your body ‘wicking’ and reduce post- exercise chill. Such products are mircofleece, polypropylene or under armour. The middle layer should be made of clothing such as fleece designed to trap a layer of air around your body to retain body heat. The mid layer of fleece works on the same principle as a wet suit does for a diver. The outer layer should be both wind and waterproof. The new Gore-Tex material used in hunting jackets and pants not only keeps water out but is also able to allow some body moisture to escape as well. It can do this because a water vapour molecule is smaller in size than water drops such as in the form of rain. Please don’t turn up in jeans and non-water proof gear. Having good gear will not only keep you warm but also make your trip far more pleasant. All your clothing needs to be both light weight and non-restrictive when climbing. If you are unsure contact either myself or a hunting retailer for advice.

Gear list

Binoculars are a very important item for hunting in the South Island high country. Myself I prefer using10 power Binoculars

Your gear list should also include

  • A good quality wet weather jacket
  • Good quality tramping boots
  • 4 pairs of thick socks
  • 1 jacket fleece or similar material
  • 3 Polar fleece shirts and 2 pair fleece long pants (1 to hunt in the other for camp)
  • Shorts are better for wearing during river crossing I use them but it’s optional
  • Thermal underwear /Base layer clothing
  • 2 or 3 pair of gloves(spares are important if you get them wet)
  • 1 warm hat
  • Small travel towel
  • Light weight sleeping bag for cold conditions must be 10 degrees below or better
  • Hunting knife
  • Rifle and ammo (at least 40 rounds) cleaning equipment
  • Camera
  • Hunting pack (preferably at least 90 litre capacity) and day bag
  • Headlamp torch and spare batteries