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Hunter and wapiti

Hunter and wapiti

‘Rhino’ the hunter holds up the head of a wapiti–red deer hybrid stag that he has just shot in Fiordland. Wapiti are the most highly valued recreational animal in New Zealand. A 1988 study showed that hunters were willing to spend $1,100 for each wapiti shot, compared to $239 for red deer. Those wanting to shoot wapiti can enter a ballot to hunt in blocks (sections) of northern Fiordland where these hybrids live. In 2000, 328 hunters entered the ballot and 228 were successful.

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Carl Walrond, 'Hunting - Rifles, bowhunting, safety and literature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 February 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008