Trophy Hunting Trophy Hunting New Zealand Red Stag Hunting South Island

2015 South Island New Zealand Hunt

Glen Dene Station

 

 

I arrived in Queenstown on Tuesday at 10:45 am. The weather was overcast and windy.  I was immediately met and picked up by PH and Station owner Richard Burdon.  Richard and I met a few years ago at the Portland Sports show and this is my second trip to Glen Dene Station.  Glen Dene is actually a working sheep ranch with thousands of acres of free range hunting for a variety of animals. Situated between lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka with mountains rising in between it is ideal habitat for red stag, fallow deer, chamois, wild pig and a variety of wild sheep.

We headed north towards Glen Dene but stopped on the way for a great lunch at a local golf course.  After a short drive we arrived at Glen Dene where I was met by Richard’s mom & dad, Jerry & Leslie Burdon. They are a couple of the nicest people you will ever meet, and would be my host for my stay there. Every night I spent there was a delight with wonderful meals and down home hospitality. I then got my gear settled in at the cabin that overlooks scenic Lake Hawea.

Shortly after settling in I was met by my guide and good friend Dan Rossiter.  He would be with me for the next 6 days as I hunted for fallow deer and chamois.  We headed out to the range to check out Dan’s 308 rifle I would be using.  After a couple of shots at 100 and a couple at 200 yds I knew that this would do just fine.

After sighting in Dan & I went out for a little scouting to try & locate a nice Fallow.  We drove back into the mountains and started hiking up a two track and thanks to Dan’s great eyesight we immediately starting seeing game.  We glassed two fairly nice fallows, but Dan thought we should look again in the morning and see what else was out there.

That night at dinner Richard told Dan & I that we should check out one of his Paddocks (a parcel of land used for growing a kind of turnip for sheep feed) as the deer were jumping the fence and causing extensive damage. He wanted us to shoot a nice meat animal to fill the freezer.  We headed out at dawn the next morning and sure enough, there were about 30 deer in the field.  We were able to get within about 100 yds. and I was able to take a nice hind out of the herd.  We field dressed it out and took back to the ranch and hung it in the cooler.

After a short lunch we headed back into the hills to try to find a good Fallow buck. We did quite a bit of walking and glassing without much luck, seeing only a few does and fawns and some immature bucks.  We were heading back to the truck when Dan saw a buck on the opposite side of a valley across a creek.  He got out his spotting scope to take a better look at him. He looked good so we decided to get a closer look.  When we stalked to within about 200 yds, we knew he was the one to take. We were able to get a little closer and set up for a shot.  The shot was good but he stumbled and fell into the creek and immediately started washing downstream.  The high rains had swollen the creek so the water was high and fast.  It took some running and a little luck to catch up to my fallow.  Dan finally grabbed an antler as it swept by close to our side.  We both just set there for a moment and caught our breath.  What a beautiful buck it was.  I was very impressed with the rack.  Dan field dressed it and headed back to the ranch.

This was only the first full day and I had already taken a nice meat animal and a trophy fallow buck.

The next two days were spent hunting chamois.  The weather was not co-operating. We did a lot of glassing and did see some animals, but the hunting was very limited due to the blowing snow and low cloud cover.  We did have a relatively easy shot opportunity at one chamois, but it had a broken horn which was lucky for it. The second day we got lucky and a chamois buck was observed coming across a valley towards us. It disappeared into a ravine on our side of the valley and after waiting about an hour we decided to try and creep over the edge and take a peek.  It was extremely steep and slippery with shale and snow, but we managed to get to the edge.  There he was, at about 75 yds. and looking the other way.  It should have been a very easy shot, but the snow, wind and side hill caused me to fumble and I fogged up the scope with my breath.  The buck saw us and started fidgeting and I hurried the shot.  A clean miss right over his back and off he went.  All I could do was shake my head.  We hiked out of the canyon and did some more glassing in the next valley without any luck.

I had planned an overnight wilderness hunt into the high mountains, but the weather just would not allow it with heavy snows, fog and low visibility the odds would have been against us. We had scheduled a chopper to drop us off in an area known for good chamois hunting, but they were not flying into that area as the winds, snow and low visibility prohibited it.

Day five started out the same as the last two day but promised to clear later in the day.  We tried an early morning hunt in the lower elevations with no luck.  We did see some chamois but they were in places we could not get to without being spotted. We also spotted two really nice goats high on a rock face at about 300 or 400 yards. Too bad I was focused on chamois or one would have been a nice trophy. At about noon we headed back to the ranch.  A call to the heliport told us the weather had cleared enough for the chopper to fly into the area we had hoped to hunt earlier.  An hour and a half drive and we reached the heliport.  In no time at all the pilot had us in the mountains.  Dan spotted two chamois bucks on a steep craggy rock face.  One looked real good and we decided to give it a try.  The chopper dropped us off, and after a very short walk we were in position for a shot. Both chamois were moving around a bit so it was hard to get a bead on him.  Shooting off hand I missed the first shot, but he stopped broadside to me and I was able to get the job done on my second shot.  He was a really nice black winter coat chamois at nine and one half inches.  Dan called the chopper in on his 2-way and we roped him off the mountain. I have to say the skill of the pilot and agility of Dan was something to see. Finally, I had my chamois.

My luck had finally changed and so had the weather.  The next few days were supposed to be clear and warmer.

That night we had a really nice dinner of red deer and chamois at Richard’s house with  Richard, his lovely wife Sarah, their son Charlie and daughter Georgie, along with my guide Dan, and a just arrived hunter, Dan and his wife Linda. They would be going out the next day for Red stag. As it turned out hunter Dan got one of the biggest stags taken in that area. What a beautiful animal!

The last day was spent cutting up stag, fallow deer and chamois by Dan who is a butcher also. I packaged my meat as Dan cut it up. That Dan is quite the guy! A fishing excursion was planned for that afternoon.  That morning I had slept in and missed the occasion of Guide Dan’s 10 year old daughter Aneeka getting her first stag off that same turnip paddock I had hunted the first day. Both daughter and father were very proud.

We did some fishing on the lake with some success and Richard’s son Charlie was able to shoot a couple of nice mallards along the shore.  All in all a good time was had by everyone.

The next day Richard took me to the airport and saw me off.  I  have to say that my trip was a fantastic success.  The Glen Dene Station in a beautiful piece of property.  The one outstanding feature that makes it a success is the people.  You always felt welcome and special and they were all looking out for you.  Making sure you had the best visit they could give you.

Big thanks to Richard, Dan, and Jerry & Leslie.  You are all the greatest!!!

 

Dick Tyler

Mark and Kyle Rolfe May 2014

Amy Martin Shaffer The ProHunt Concierge Ltd.

Ph: 970-629-5086 www.prohuntconcierge.com

Hi  Amy

Just a quick note to says thank you for setting us up on this hunt. Kyle and I have had a wonderful time and the hunts were everything I hoped for and more. Our guide (Dan) was superb. Richard and Sarah run a very very high quality program here. I’m glad you will be able to see it in person soon. I would HIGHLY recommend a trip on a helicopter into the back country of the west coast. Amazingly beautiful. Hunting the chamois and tahr up there was truly hunting in God’s back yard.

I would love to talk to you when I get home and tell you more. I will have lots of pics to send you as well. Amazing country and a perfect hunting experience. Don’t hesitate to send any hunters here; Richard can offer a great hunt with fantastic trophies and great guides. No stuffy lodges and dressing for formal dinners. Just really nice folks who love their land, their lives here and enjoy seeing their hunters happy

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> We leave tomorrow, but it will be a long long time before I forget the great time my son and I have had

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> Mark Wm Rolfe MD FCCP

 

Red Stag and Tahr Hunt Glen Dene Hunting & Fishing

I can only give you the very best references.

The hunt and accommondation are very nice. The hunters are very professional – they will do everything to get your animal.

I only did Free Range Hunt – but you can olso hunt in fences if you want. The free range hunt is physical quite hard – but extremely good hunting.

I was hunting medium April – in the middle of the Red Stag Roar. I think the best time for the free range stag hunt.

I was hunting for 4 days and had a nice Stag and a Bull Thar.

They have a lot of deers (mostly red stag, fallow and thar) and you will see many deers.

 

I did not bring my own rifle, because we also did 2 weeks of holiday round NZ. The trip of a lifetime!

The have fine rifles at Glen Denne, so don’t worry about that.

I can only recommend a visit.

best regards

JENS MADSEN

Registered Public Accountant, MSc in Business Administration and Auditing

jam@bdo.dk

Testimonial: Nathan Flook

Nathan Flook and his red stag

“Richard,

Just wanted to give a big thanks to you and your family for the great hospitality and memorable week of hunting at Glen Dene Station. I had been looking forward to my trip for over a year and it certainly did not disappoint. The views from atop Heartbreak Hill and across the lake are fantastic. The opportunity to pursue Tahr was a unique experience and to tag such a quality Bull was just incredible. Hard to believe that was to be surpassed just a couple days later with the spotting and lengthy stalk of my Red Stag. A special mention for my guide Tony, who worked tirelessly to put me on both the Tahr and Stag, and went out of his way to ensure that I had the New Zealand hunting experience that I had envisioned. Can’t wait until I get the mounts back to the U.S., although the memories of both hunts will certainly last a lifetime.

Many thanks and best regards.”

– Nathan Flook

New Testimonial: Jim and Sue Robinson

Jim and Sue Robinson at Glen Dene Station, Lake Hawea

Jim and Sue Robinson recently returned from a hunting trip to Glen Dene, and wrote us this note:

“Richard,

As I am sure you are aware, it is an extremely long day of airports and airplanes when you fly from Queenstown to Portland. One positive about all of the sitting and waiting is it allowed Sue and I time to reflect on our New Zealand experience and more specifically our time spent at Glen Dene Station. When you spend a year or more planning a vacation, it seems that your expectations grow and grow as you wait for the time of your departure to finally arrive only to be disappointed when the trip does not live up to those unreasonably high expectations. We are both in agreement that our time at Glen Dene not only met, but exceeded those high expectations. The natural beauty of your property and the surrounding area is awe inspiring, the amount and quality of the game animals was a pleasant surprise, however the time spent with you, Tony, and your family will last in our memories forever. Leslie and Jerry were fantastic hosts and went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The food was great (we ate way too much), the room was spacious and comfortable, had an awesome view and as our stay progressed we felt less like guests and more a part of the family. Sue appreciated the invitation for lunch and shopping as she really enjoyed Sarah’s company, and it was a very pleasant surprise when Sarah stopped by at our hotel in Queenstown to say hello.

The hunting part of the trip could not have been better as I feel very fortunate to have been so successful with the trophies collected and I credit that success to Tony. He is without question the best guide that I have had the pleasure to spend a week with. Tony made sure that we enjoyed each and every day whether hunting, taking photos, sightseeing our just sharing a meal with a friend and always ensured that Sue was a part of the experience not just an observer. In my experience it is extremely rare to find a guide that will consider the observers needs and the hunters needs equally and still be able to get the job done, but Tony did it with ease. He earned my trust and my respect in just a matter of a few days and that is an amazing feat!

Thank you all for making our time spent at Glen Dene Station such a wonderful experience. If you and Sarah find your way to Oregon in the future please contact us as we would love to share some time with you.”

– Jim & Sue

Jim sent along these pictures as well:

Trophy red stag

Fallow buck

Arapawa Ram

Himalayan bull tahr