The Gazette: Amongst the Red Deer at Lake Hawea, Vol 1, No 2, Article Three

The article “Amongst the Red Deer at Lake Hawea” written by Robt. H. Scott appears at pp 17 & 18 of Volume 1, No. 2, December, 1927, Wellington, N.Z. of The New Zealand Fishing & Shooting Gazette. Follow this link to read the full article.


The Gazette: Deer Stalking in New Zealand, Vol 1, No 2, Article One

The article “Deer Stalking in New Zealand” written by V. E. Donald appears at pp 4-6 of Volume 1, No. 2, December, 1927, Wellington, N.Z. of The New Zealand Fishing & Shooting Gazette. Follow this link to read the full article.


The Gazette: Deer Stalking, Vol 1, No 1

20170218_151133The article “Deer Stalking” written by the Editor appears at pp 9-11 of Volume 1, No. 1, November 1, 1927, Wellington, N.Z. of The New Zealand Fishing & Shooting Gazette. Follow this link to read the full article.


The New Zealand Fishing and Shooting Gazette: An Introduction

2016-11-05-13-26-36I had been aware of the existence of the ‘original’ New Zealand hunting magazine, The New Zealand Fishing and Shooting Gazette, which was the forerunner of our current suite of glossy hunting magazines, but I was only recently inspired to visit the Alexander Turnbull Library Collection to see original copies held there following a discussion about our hunting literature heritage with a like-minded friend.

Over the years many books and articles refer to, or take excerpts from, the Gazette’s pages. Even the late, great author, D. Bruce Banwell was helped most recently when writing his interesting biography about Archie Kitto, one of our most accomplished deer stalkers from the early part of last century, by incorporating Kitto’s original articles — he was a regular contributor to the Gazette.

So intrigued by the Gazette’s contents, I’ve decided to publish a selection of the hunting articles and editorials because the Gazette cannot be read online owing to the fact that none of the Gazettes have been digitized (I asked the librarian if there was any intention to do so and was told it would be too costly and in any event low priority as it was too esoteric). Most hunting book collectors won’t have copies of their own so given this I hope to bring some light to the old stories so that a new generation of readers can see the stories, editorials, and correspondence first hand.

What is interesting, and will soon become apparent once you have read a reasonable body of the Gazette, is the fact that the debates and issues around hunting and big game have not changed in substance in over 100 years. Deer were first brought to New Zealand in 1850 and have been loved and loathed in equal measure ever since. The merits of what constitutes a trophy are a perennial debate.

You can read the initial Editorial from November 1, 1927 and a collection of interesting excerpts here.

Over time I will post more articles in chronological order. These will be copy-typed but will be accompanied by the original photos.

Like I have, I hope you enjoy reading the Gazette.


Newton McConochie: You’ll Learn no Harm from the Hills

(Review rating 9 out of 10)

A kiwi hunting classic, Newton’s epic stories about a bygone time should be read by all hunters. His stalking exploits are legendary and his trophies are some of the most recognised in New Zealand hunting circles. He recounts stalks for majestic red stags and wapiti bulls, in each case taken under testing circumstances … read more


Gerard Abrams: Gone Hunting (Book 1)

(Review rating 6.5 out of 10)

Gerard Abrams has spent years “out there” chasing the ‘Pacific big 15’ game animals and has written about these adventures in a trilogy, with his first book (‘Book 1: Lessons’) just released. I can’t wait to read books 2 and 3 … read more

Philip Holden: Pack and Rifle

(Review rating 8 out of 10)

Philip Holden’s first book, Pack and Rifle, has been reprinted in four editions and many thousands of copies since it first hit book shelves in 1971 — and with good reason, it is often quoted as being a hunter’s favourite book and the book which inspired them to seek the thrill of the hunt. It is quite simply a classic New Zealand hunting book … read more