How would you feel if, after stalking a stag for hours in the wilderness, a bunch of market hunters swooped in on their helicopter, shot your stag, and airlifted it out from right under your nose?

Yeah, you wouldn’t be happy either. The odds of that happening in the United States are pretty low. In New Zealand, however, where market hunting for some game species is legal and is often done from the air, hunters often dread the characteristic sound of helicopter blades.

“This is the reality of hunting public land in New Zealand,” wrote the video’s uploader. “I am not posting this to inspire or conjure hatred toward the people involved. Just thought I would share my experience.”

Such commercial hunts are called a Wild Animal Recovery Operation (WARO), and the meat harvested is usually sold either domestically or exported to countries where game meat is scarce. For this hunter, it also meant that what could have been his dinner will now be shipped overseas.

“Pretty heartbreaking to watch this unfold in front of me but such is life,” the uploader wrote.

Video includes some strong language.

Image screenshot of video by Eddy mund0 on YouTube

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6 thoughts on “Video: Hunter’s Stag Snatched by Helicopter Marksmen

  1. This hunter was a lot more patient and understanding than most I’ve known: that helicopter pilot would have to beat it back to his pad and explain the high powered shots through his fuselage to the powers that be. I wouldn’t recommend this practice to any U.S. pilot without life insurance.

    1. You would attempt to murder two humans over a pest? Get real, you’re the reason the U.S. and its gun culture is a laughing stock. Good on the marksmen and his pilot for helping rebalance NZ ecology and making a buck while they’re at it.

  2. Hi orsome photo m8 it must have been a real cunt to walk up there and that has happened. I use to shoot out of helicopters for 14 years
    and we do feel sorry for you ground hunters out there doing it and this happns . He could have given you a ride out or even stoped and sead hi
    were was this taken ??

  3. To use the apex of our technology to easily kill a deer like this to me is un-sportsman like and epitomizes the laziness of slob hunters. This is not hunting, it is target shooting. The guy doing the video was the real hunter. This kind of shooting from helicopters should be illegal as the deer has absolutely no chance of escape.

  4. What is probably little understood here by you folk from other countries is that deer were introduced to New Zealand around the turn of last century. Without any natural predators, within a few short decades the NZ government realized it had a serious problem on its hands. Before helicopters the government employed cullers to try to curb the red deer population which was hitting plague proportions and absolutely destroying alpine New Zealand. Helicopter hunting and the sale of the animals was a much welcome free lunch for New Zealand conservation. This is hunting from a helicopter. It isn’t intended to be sport. A commercial fishing boat goes fishing but it isn’t sport either. The New Zealand Department of Conservation close their land to helicopters for most of the mating/hunting season. This looks like an unfortunate overlap in time and place. There are still plenty of deer in New Zealand for the recreational hunter. It would be a terrible blow for New Zealand if helicopter hunting stopped.

  5. Apparently this is just part of hunting in NZ. Does look like a whale of a walk in and I wonder how he was planning on getting that thing out of there. People, especially those who have never been fortunate enough to bee able to go into the woods, are constantly shooting off their mouths about stuff they know nothing about. If it’s allowed, even encouraged to harvest the deer by helicopter in NZ it’s no ones business but New Zealanders. It doesn’t seem like there would be much profit in it unless the shooter was paying fur the experience.

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