Tips for hunting during summer and autumn
The froth levels are usually pretty high around this time of the year. Starting with a good stint of time off around the Christmas and New Year period, which then spills over into February and March (and we all know what happens in March) but there are some great opportunities for scouting out those spots for the roar during the summer months. Long days make for an epic chance for adventure whilst checking out those spots that have been on your radar for the roar.
Personally, I really enjoy late February for hunting. It's the first occasion you start to see the epic sight of those stags stripping their velvet and unveiling their true antler potential. Plus, the meat is in prime condition as the stags are prepping for the months to come by getting stuck into the good grass.
Here are some things to consider before walking hours into a tasty looking spot on the map.
Pest control-Check DOC's pest control maps for recent activity.
Information-Check the DOC website for information regarding your intended area and check for any notices regarding bridges or access roads.
Forums-Social media can be a handy tool for gathering information on a area. People hold their spots close to their heart (myself included) but general information will often be offered.
I am the first to admit that I'm no hunting expert. I just use the 'walk till you see something' approach but here are a few things that I focus on around this time of the year
Height-I will gain altitude first up, this usually starts with finding a walk-able ridge that will give you access to basins and guts that will likely to be holding feed. At this time of the year, the tops can be dry and patches of green grass are like deer magnets.