We have just had the first of our overseas hunters through for the tahr hunting season. The South Island of New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where Himalayan Tahr can be hunted in the wild. Since they were first introduced in the South Island, tahr readily adjusted to the high country and in a short time became recognised as a threat to native plant species. Here at Lake Heron we have adopted a policy of culling animals to prevent over-population and of providing access to keen local and overseas hunters. And keen the hunters have must be, to negotiate the high rocky ranges that the tahr frequent! This is true Kiwi hunting at its best – no fences or helicopters to give the hunters an unfair advantage. Skill, fitness and perseverance are needed to bring home a trophy.
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