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 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.
I 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.
Review rating 7 out of 10.
This is the first comprehensive alpine hunting guide book written for New Zealand hunters. Alpine Hunting should grace the book shelf of all aspiring and avid tahr and chamois hunters. This book, along with the other guide books by the same authors, makes The Hunter’s highly recommended reading list … read more
Review rating 9.5 out of 10.
This is the book that kick started Bruce Banwell’s distinguished career as an author. In it Bruce documents the early days of Wapiti hunting at the turn of last century through to the 1960s. This period is now known as the best years of the New Zealand wapiti herd … read more
Review rating 5 out of 10.
Guns & Game is a short book of eclectic chapters, covering the rarer deer herds (sambar, white-tailed deer, moose and chital), how to hunt, ballistics and other interesting ‘guns’ and ‘game’ subjects. It is written by the experienced and respected author, Lynn Harris … read more
Review rating 8 out of 10.
Classic New Zealand Game Trails by Dave McClunie inspired my passion for hunting books and was the start of my own hunting book collection. His book makes it on to The Hunter’s Classic Hunting Books list and is a must read for all New Zealand big game hunters, especially those alpine hunters who dream of big bull tahr and buck chamois in high places … read more
Review rating 8.5 out of 10.
Wapiti hunting is widely regarded as the ultimate challenge for New Zealand deer-stalkers and a quality guide book on the subject is long overdue. Simon Gibson’s comprehensive book is sure to be a classic, well thumbed hunting book … read more
Review rating 6 out of 10.
The Modern Hunter is the latest introductory hunting guide book to be released. It covers everything a novice hunter needs to learn and is presented in an easy to understand way. Highly recommended for the beginner hunter … read more
Review rating 5.5 out of 10
Kerry Butler’s revised book is a how-to guide for bush stalking deer in North Island conditions. As a self taught and experienced sika and red deer stalker, Kerry passes on his passion and techniques for hunting … read more