Welcome to the NZG&H sika hunting column featuring tips & information on hunting methods, areas to hunt, huts & campsites to check out, weather and terrain.

The idea behind this column is to provide, to the best of my ability, useful, relevant and current information to assist hunters, when hunting sika.

Over the course of the series I hope to help hunters increase their success rate, find a new hunting area or simply add to their existing sika knowledge base. Each issue will feature “on the ground, in the field and, as-it-happened” trip reports on differing areas of both the Kaimanawas and Kawekas. We’ll be heading into new spots and revisiting some old ones. Provide first hand ‘intel’ on what the deer are doing in these areas in relation to the seasons and terrain.

I don’t claim to be anywhere near an expert on sika or sika hunting, this column is simply a by-product from a lifetime of hunting and a profound passion and respect for a truly special species of deer. It’s fair to say that what I may lack in the skill department I try to make up with enthusiasm!

Each hunt will be added to the NZG&H site providing a database for hunters to refer to.


Sika Hunting Tips & Info Series One:

Southern Kaimanawas: Southern Corridor Access, Desert Rd, 5-8 & 26-29 November 2014


Northern Kaimanawas: Ruatea Stream, Jap Creek Headwaters, 6-9 February 2015


Kaweka Ranges: Middle Hill, Ballard & Makino Huts, 22-25 April 2015


Southern Kaimanawas: Waipakihi River, 5-8 June 2015


Kaimanawa & Kaweka Ranges: Oamaru, Tussock and Boyd Hut Traverse, 22 – 25 July 2015


Kaweka Ranges: Te Pukeohikarua, Harkness & Tussock Huts, 6 – 29 September 2015


Sika Hunting Tips & Info Series Two:

Kaweka Ranges: Back Ridge, 4 – 7 November 2016


Kaweka Ranges: Kiwi Saddle, 27 – 30 January 2017


Kaimanawa Ranges: Thunderbolt Stream, 31 March – 2 April 2017


Sika Hunting Articles:

Sika Roar 2013


Swarovski ATX 25-60x85 in sika country


Sika in the Kaipo


Nik's first deer – a public land, Southern Kaimanawa, 8pt sika stag –
hooked for life!
A lifetime of sika...

"I first began hunting sika with my ol' man when I was 11 years old and have continued to do so for the last 27 years.

Throughout this time I have chased these wily deer throughout the Kaimanawas, from the Oamaru Valley to the Desert Rd, including many trips into the Kawekas."

Sika areas hunted & visited:
• Oamaru Valley
• Upper & Lower Kaipo Valley
• Tiki Tiki Stream
• Otorehinaiti Stream
• Ruatea (Jap Creek) Stream
• Big Ben
• East Creek
• Lower Ripia
• Desert Rd/The Needles
• Waipakihi River
• Haumingi
• Otamateanui Str./Makomiko Str. Junc.
• Mangataramea
• Mangatainoka/Mangatainoka Heads
• Te Pukeohikarua Hut
• Harkness
• Ngaawapurua
• Boyd Hut
• Tussock Hut
• Middle Hill Hut
• Ballard Hut
• Makino Hut
• Te Ruatakaikare Tops
• Gorge Tops
• Tin Kettle Spur


Now that the first Sika Hunting Tips & Info series has been completed, what better way to wrap it up than to collate it all together and create a booklet for hunters to refer to.

The guide is available as a PDF download – simply click on the cover below to view in your browser or, save to your device for offline viewing.


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