‘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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Photograph by Chris McCarthy
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