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.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (4)
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? All hunts (5)
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!
West Coast Mega Hunt - 5 Animals! New Zealand
If you love to hunt this is the deal for you! Hunt for Red Stag (300-330 SCI), Arapawa Ram and Fallow Buck in the rainforest then add the challenge of hunting Tahr and Chamois in the West Coast alpine wilderness and THE HUNT IS ON! Includes all helicopter fees and 6 days of daily rate!
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2021 31 Jul 2021
4 Species North Island Package New Zealand
The North Island package is for 1 hunter and 1 companion on our North Island Estate. It includes 5 nights’ accommodation at our lodge, all dining and beverages, open bar, guiding throughout the hunt, field preparation of trophies, local transfers and trophy fees for Red Stag (up to 325 SCI), Fallow Buck (representative), Ram and Goat. Upgrades and additional trophies can be added in field. Upgrade to Silver Medal Stag 325-350 SCI +$1,500 Upgrade to Gold Medal Stag 350-375 SCI +$3,000
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2021 31 Aug 2021
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