A journey to New Zealand sheds light not on a hunt, but the brief moments that make life worth living. Senior Editor Karen Mehall ventures to the South Pacific to roam the hills in search of trophy stag. From the article "Red Stag Hunting in New Zealand."
Archery prostaffer Phil Phillips and author Karen Mehall both packed a Mathews Z-7 and Easton A/C (full metal jacket) arrows for their hunting adventure. Pictured are Phillips’ bow and arrows with his stag.
In addition to red stag, hunters visit New Zealand to pursue other unique game species such as the chamois (pronounced “shammy”), which is far different from the goats that inhabit the author’s continent of North America.
Scoring a red stag can be a challenge depending on the amount of palmation and number of points fronting a given set of antlers. Here one of the guides calls out antler measurements to John McBride, co-owner of Spey Creek Trophy Hunting, who will tally the final score.