Perhaps the finest free range Red Stag hunting in the world, take a step back in time for a 300 class Otago Red Stag.

Free Range Red Stag Hunting

Welcome to Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris’ unrivalled, unparalleled, genuine free range red stag hunt for a mountain monarch. Red stag hunting during the roar is simply an amazing experience and an incredible hunt. Combine this with the Otago red deer bloodline, first class trophies of the highest echelon, 45,000 acres of private hunting with NO high fences, bush clad valleys, open tussock tops and you are in red stag heaven.

Outstanding 2021 Otago Stags

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Outstanding 2020 Otago Stags

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Outstanding 2019 Otago Stags

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Free range red stag hunts are often booked out 2 years in advance, so an early booking is essential. The quality of hunt we are offering and quality of trophy in a genuine free range stag of original Otago bloodline is unrivaled; this has led to an extremely high demand for these hunts. You can expect to see 300 class stags on a regular basis, your outfitter and his guides have an intimate knowledge of these free range giants and will help you secure a world class free range red stag.

Further Free Range Otago Red Stags from recent seasons

Free range red stag hunting is our passion. It’s a privilege for guide and client alike to hunt these magnificent creatures which date back to the original Morven Hills liberation of 1871. This is a free range red stag hunt and trophy with a history and a story, for further reading refer to Chris’s articles ‘The Otago Red Stag’ and ‘The 2020 Otago Red Stag Roaring Season’.

Free Range Red Stag Trophies

Tags are LIMITED to 10 first class Otago red stags per season, this ensures we maintain a good population of mature stags in our free range area at the end of each season.

These wild Otago stags are scored on the Douglas Score, which is New Zealand’s national scoring system for wild trophies as Boone and Crockett is in the USA. The main difference between the Douglas Score and Bonne and Crockett is that the Douglas Score also counts a spread measurement. Record book minimum is 300, we consistently take 9-10 incredible WILD trophies each season from around 300 to 350 class. We can also score Otago stags with the SCI score.

This hunt for an Otago red stag of 300 – 350 class is the equivalent of a free range Elk hunt for a 400+ bull on private land in the USA.

Trophies carry a minimum of 12 points and in some cases will reach 18 points; a antler length of around 40 inches or longer is our benchmark. We also take 2 – 3 second class free range red stag trophies each season, these trophies are available at a reduced rate, once a first class trophy has been taken. Please see our price list for all hunting rates.

Best Hunting Dates

Free range red stag hunting is only available in March and April; best roar dates are between March 15 and April 25.

Roaring Free Range Otago Red Stags

Record breaking free range Otago red stags

Other Species Available