Peter Ryan: Wild South

Review rating 8.5 out of 10.

Being compared to great outdoors authors like Ruark, Hemingway and Leopold is high praise but there is no doubt that Peter Ryan’s book is an instant New Zealand, if not worldwide, hunting classic. Wild South is the kind of book that makes you want more and one that you wish would never end … read more

Greg Fagg: Hunting Under the Southern Cross

The Hunter_Book Cover_Greg Fagg_Hunting Under the Southern CrossReview rating 3 out of 10.

Unfortunately not all books on the subject of hunting are recommended reads despite their subject matter. Greg Fagg’s first shot at writing may have come up short, not being suitable for all readers — however there are glimpses of quality hidden away in his clumsy writing style. The book’s one shining quality is its many colour photos … read more


Steuart Laing: New Zealand Hunting Adventures: Deer, Chamois and Tahr in the 21st Century

Review rating 6 out of 10.

The Hunter takes a look at Steuart’s follow up book to his previous two how-to guides on alpine hunting in the Southern Alps for tahr and chamois. Steuart, in addition to covering some previously unpublished material on tahr and chamois, writes about his deerstalking experiences and offers insights into his way of hunting … read more

Gary Joll: 50 Years of Trophy Hunting

Review rating 7 out of 10.

For The Hunter’s first book review we look at Gary Joll’s fourth book. This book showcases one of New Zealand’s premier hunting guides’ personal trophy collection and contains many epic stories from his years hunting around the world. Visually striking with many colour photos, this larger than standard hunting book is ideal for any coffee table … read more

Welcome to The Hunter

Hello New Zealand hunting book readers.

Welcome to The Hunter — A Hunter’s Review, New Zealand’s newest source of hunting book reviews.

I have a passion for hunting and also reading about hunting, but I found it hard to find reviews and information about New Zealand’s hunting literature. Knowing many other hunters faced the same problem I realised that this was an issue that needed fixing, and so here we are.

Soon you will find regular reviews of the latest New Zealand hunting books (just in time to help you choose that perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season!) and over time I aim to publish reviews about all of New Zealand’s hunting books too.

Your views are encouraged so please let me know your thoughts by sending in comments, or feel free to request a book review.

All the best,
The Hunter