Where to hunt Arapawa Ram
Arapawa ram descend from a small flock of domestic sheep that over 200 years ago were let loose on a small island of the same name near the coast of New Zealand. The purpose of the release was to create a food source for the crews of the ships that passed by, but a few generations later the sheep evolved into small, wary and shy creatures, and the sailors discovered that they had to hunt hard for the mutton. Later Arapawa sheep were released, as game animals, to New Zealand, where some outfitters offer Arapawa ram hunting.
Arapawa ram is usually included in package hunt deals as a side trophy to the more desirable animals such as Red and Fallow deer. These packages can run for up to $10,000 and more for a 5-7 day hunt. To calculate the cost of an Arapawa ram hunt, consider that the daily rate usually runs in the $400-$500 range, and the shooting fee is about $1,000.
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When to hunt Arapawa Ram?
As an introduced animal, Arapawa ram can be hunted in every month of the year, and no month is necessarily better than another. If we had to pick a few, that would be May and June, the time when the red and fallow deer “roar” takes place in the Southern hemisphere. This allows the hunter to schedule the Arapawa ram hunt in synch with hunting for these more desirable species.
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In New Zealand the Arapawa ram are usually found in the same tropical forest landscape as the red and fallow deer, and not in the mountains like chamois and tahr. Like with mouflon, a variety of methods can be employed for Arapawa ram hunting, but the method of choice is spot-and-stalk. As dense cover allows close approach to the animal, Arapawa spot-and-stalk hunting is especially suitable for bowhunters.
Why hunt Arapawa Ram?
An Arapawa ram is an unusual animal, with solid brown flock that often comes in rasta-looking “dreads”, white stripe along the muzzle, and long, tightly curled horns. Before anyone screams “feral”, allow us to remind that the “wild” mouflon, the classic object of hunting the islands of the Mediterranean, as modern research found out, did not naturally occur on the islands until the Neolithic times, and it is believed to be a domestic sheep that went feral many centuries ago. An Arapawa sheep today is a perfectly wild animal which is far from easy to harvest, especially with a bow, and if you wonder whether to add it to your New Zealand trophy list, by all means do!
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