Hunting seasons

Fallow buck.
Fallow buck

There are opportunities to hunt fallow deer all year round in New Zealand but the most popular time is during ‘the roar' or 'rut’. This is when the stags are most vocal, calling to attract the attention of mates and to protect their territory.

The roar lasts approximately four weeks, with stags being the most vocal in the middle two weeks.

Fallow deer roar from April to the end of May.

During the roar, and occassionally at other times of the year, some areas will have restrictions, such as local shooting seasons, block allocations and ballots. It is important to check these conditions with your local DOC office.

 

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