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