Sambar deer are only in the North Island of New Zealand – mostly on private land. Find out where to hunt them.
Learn more about the appearance of this large, dark brown, maned Asian deer.
Find out the best time of the year to hunt sambar deer.
By all accounts sambar are a difficult deer to hunt. Nevertheless, if you are keen to give it a go, these tips might help.
Apply online for a hunting permit or renew.
Hunting in conservation areas brochure
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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