Had a great time while at Telford’s, great hunting opportunities, with many animals to choose from, I was very successful and exceeded my expectations, trophy quality was excellent with stunning scenery surrounding you! Both Gerald and Duncan are competent and professional at what they do and also great to be around, with good sense of humour and rational thought process, I felt safe and in good hands at all times. The hunts difficulty is driven by your physical abilities, they try very hard to stay within your limitations. If in good shape and up for a challenge Duncan will surely make sure you are tired at the end of every day! The accommodations at Hawea are clean and comfortable , with everything that you need, food is great, supplied lunches for whole days in the field , they will even cook some of your harvested game for you if you like . The staff there was very nice and treated me very well with answers and solutions to anything that I required. Very comfortable atmosphere, talked to several different outfitters before I booked , felt that I got the most honest answers from Telford’s , was treated very fairly, no bullshit! I am booked again for spring of 2020, maybe I will go fishing too.
From Saskatchewan Canada
Hunted in 2018
Rhonda, Derek, Andie and I had a great time with the Telford’s this past April. I initially emailed Gerald with several questions about how we would balance the hunting that Derek and I wanted to do, with two non-hunters in Rhonda and Andie joining us on some of the hunts as observers, but also being able to find other things for them to do, and the four of us together as well. Gerald’s responses were always very encouraging, stressing the flexibility to meet our diverse group’s needs. That flexibility and willingness to understand what was important to us, and his ability to make that happen, turned our trip from a very good to one of our very best trips ever as a family.
The hunting was terrific, and Gerald did a great job putting us on trophy Red Stag, Fallow Deer and even a nice Arapawa Ram. Rhonda and Andie even joined me on an afternoon hunt where they get to watch me thin the rabbit population a bit, and they laughed at my enthusiasm to do so! We also worked with Gerald to set up a horseback riding adventure for Rhonda and Andie, and they enjoyed a beautiful day enjoying the New Zealand countryside from the back of a horse. Gerald also recommended a wine tour company, funny French car tours I believe, to take the four of us to several local wineries. We had a great time, enjoyed the local Pinot Noir very much and shipped some home. Gerald even recommended a helicopter tour operator and we spent an afternoon flying down to Milford Sound, along the rugged coastline, and landed on a high plateau overlooking a river valley to enjoy cheese and a beer! How good is that?!
In addition, we loved the evening conversations over dinner with the other hunters and their families. Great food, great conversation and new friends were made. All in all, this trip goes down as one of our favourites. Thanks to you Tony, for recommending the Telford’s, their operation delivered on what we truly wanted, and helped us to make lifetime memories as a result. Thank you!
Alan, Rhonda, Derek and Andie Kindsvater
Hunted in April 2019
We had a great time and experience working with Trophyseekers Worldwide Inc. and Telford Hunting NZ Ltd. This was my first international hunt. I am sure I wore out Tony with 100 questions before the trip. He was accommodating and answered all my questions. We built a trusting relationship.
Telford Hunting New Zealand is a great family run operation with broad hunting access. Our guide (Duncan) picked us up at the airport, drove us to the hotel and made everything easy. The hotel was the best in the area with great food and service.
Duncan provided me his rifle, sighting and served as an excellent guide. He was spot on with animals and it was a very successful hunt taking 2 animals…red stag and awesome fallow deer on consecutive days.
John Elser (Rifle Hunter)
Hunted in 2019
We were referred to Gerald and Sue through mutual friends at the SCI Drayton Valley Chapter. Our group consisted of 4 hunters and 2 non-hunters. During the hunt our group was fortunate to take 5 magnificent stags, 3 great fallow bucks, 2 heavy bull tahr and 2 trophy arapawa rams. The hunting area is incredibly well managed and we saw lots of game throughout the hunt. The guides are true professionals and knew the area and the game like the back of their hand, and made sure we had every opportunity to be successful. The lodging and food was simply amazing, and conveniently located 10 minutes from the hunting area. While the guys were hunting, the ladies were enjoying lattes by the open fire, going on wine tours, horseback riding, hiking, shopping, and taking in the world-class views around Lake Hawea.
If you dream of hunting New Zealand, there is no better outfit than Telford’s Hunting and Fishing. Special thanks to Gerald and Sue, and guides Duncan Stewart and Ewan Bennie for making this a trip of a lifetime! We arrived as clients and left feeling like family. We can’t wait to come back and hunt chamois!
From Drayton Valley, AB, Canada
Hunted in 2019
My wife and I had a wonderful visit to New Zealand some years back when I hunted stags with Gerald. It was a great hunt for me and a super vacation for Judy. Judy always claimed she had a better time than me. Sue arranged all kinds of activities for her, including tandem skydiving. In the mean time, Gerald and I were working hard at getting a representative stag with my recurve bow, which I finally did, in the last hours of the hunt. Due to my failings, it was actually a Ruger/recurve stag since it required a little assist.
Now, I have been fortunate to have bow hunted in a bunch of places over the years. That includes nine countries on five continents. But for all our travels, we haven’t backtracked to hunt with the same hosts. A matter of too many places and too little time! But, we just had to go back to New Zealand to share it with Judy’s sister and her husband. And, I just had to get one of those stags with just my recurve. And, of course we had to go with Telford’s.
Once again, everyone had great time. Bro-in-law survived his bungy jump and the ladies enjoyed the shopping and wineries. The food and pub were a big hit and the views from the accommodations were over the top. And, once again, Gerald worked hard at trying to get me in close until the next to the last day when his knowledge of the stags put me at 20 yards from one I could not have even dreamed about. Just look at that stag! I could go on about the hunt and do with anyone that asks! Beautiful scenery, good hunting, and great people! What a great experience all around. Thanks, Gerald.
From Montana, USA
Hunted in March 2019
Have been fortunate to hunt pretty much all over the world. (Retired now after 43 years as a PSE Archery Regional Sales Rep). The Red Stag hunt with Gerald was certainly at the top. Very very professional guides and I have never been with any anyone that knows the lay of the land being hunted like Gerald and Duncan. It’s like they could read the critters minds as well. Land perfect for spot and stalk with a bow. Great accommodations to include archery targets to allow you to check out your equipment after arriving. Also Gerald is quite a Bowhunter himself. This was a big plus for me. Recommend you prepare physically much the same for and elk hunt. They called them hills, I called them mountains. Most beautiful place my wife and I have ever hunted or visited. Got lucky the second day of the hunt and stalked a very nice 400 plus Stag.
Great airline fantastic guide great food great lodging lots of animals. I have already recommended this hunt to many friends, Telford hunting and fishing is the best by far.
Alberta, Canada April 2016
Game was plentiful. My guide wouldn’t let me take a small Tahr. He knew the area and the abundance of large animals. He saved me from hiring a helicopter by knowing game location!
Arizona, USA May 2016
This hunt was a hunt of a lifetime for me to travel from Red Lake, Ontario, through Winnipeg and fly through Vancouver to NZ via Australia for second part of the vacation. My Guide Duncan and the owner Sue Telford provided the best experience one can have. I had planned a hunt to take one Red Stag and one Fallow Buck. In four days I ended up taking two beautiful Red Stag, one great Fallow Buck and one trophy Arapawa Ram. This outcome was way beyond my expectations. Accommodations and hunting were nothing less than fantastic. I would recommend this hunt to anyone interested in a archery hunt for Red Stag.
Canada March 2015
I cannot recommend Gerald and Telford Fishing and Hunting strongly enough. A friend and I wanted to spend a week chasing big trout and red stag. Gerald was extremely helpful and patient during the planning of the trip. He tailored the week to do precisely what we wanted. We both caught some great fish, and took a beautiful stag in some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. The food and accommodations were great and we both had the experience of a lifetime. Gerald was very outgoing, friendly, and helpful during our stay. He was excellent company as well as an excellent guide. His knowledge of local flora and fauna and the history of hunting in New Zealand was fascinating. I would highly recommend Telford Fishing and Hunting.
Florida, USA March 2015
Getting all animals in great condition that I wanted, should make excellent mounts. Beautiful place and extremely interesting to me.
Texas, USA May 2014
First trip to NZ. This is extremely wife friendly and a fun, low pressure hunt. Gerald and Sue Telford are perfect hosts. Sue has a plane and does a lot of tour guiding. Gerald is a fishing and hunting guide and knows this area extremely well. The Tahr area was away from his home area but we saw many Tahr in the two days we hunted them. The double on Thar was my personal highlight as we stalked up on 4 bulls and had a hard time deciding on which to take, so I took the two biggest! Fallow and stag are in abundance and free range. Chamois is the toughest due to where they are and the numbers. Chamois do not hang out in large groups and are hard to get up on. We hunted everything on foot, no helicopters. I highly recommend Gerald and Sue!
Texas, USA April 2014
I have to say that of the 3 weeks we spent in NZ, that the hunt, your hospitality, the lodgings and the food that first week were the highlights of the trip. Your kids were fun for us to, they gave us a little reminder of home and we’ll miss them to. Sue, I think that the household and food were the best we had while in NZ. Mom and Susie really appreciated the time you spent touring with them, the highlight was the plane ride. The only complaint I heard from them was that you Kiwis drive to fast on mountain roads! The abundance of free range wild game in the stag area was really impressive. It was sure nice (a real good thing I assure you) that whenever I messed up or got “blown” out of a stalk that there was another chance not to far in the future to try again. As I recall I think we saw/stalked 7 or 8 stags that first day, and nearly that the second. The Fallow property was equally impressive, rain or shine the bucks were snorting just over the next rise it seemed. That second afternoon when I managed to stalk, blow the stalk (or rather got winded, or seen, or who knows what) stalk again, blow the stalk…well I think 4 or 5 times before the last one headed across the creek at the bottom of the draw, was the most exciting, there were deer everywhere (that was part of the problem you see). Well, let’s think on that, almost being trampled by a heard of fallow does and buck when they came flying over the rise in our faces was pretty darn exciting to, I wish I had a camera shot of those deer when they came up over the rise (and maybe one of Gerald’s and my faces to as we ducked). The opportunity to hunt rabbits and turkey after the main hunt was great fun. Finding the group of boars on the mountain the last day was equally appreciated and exciting for bowhunting. Who would have thought that I needed to go to NZ to get my first, and second boars with the bow? That was a pretty impressive hump up that little hill with the pig on your back too Gerald. The sites way up on that mountain ridge were just about as good as the pigs we found. When time and money permit in the future I will be back to hunt Tahr and Chamios, maybe I’ll give another go at the Fallow to, we left some big ones out there. I’ll do my best on the Tahr in prime season with the bow to, maybe you Gerald will be up for taking your bow to (or you will take a back-up rifle). For Chamios, a rifle might be the best alternative. We’ll stay in touch, thanks again for all your efforts before, during, and after this hunt.
April 2008 – Wisconsin
Shannon and I had a fun filled time as we drove around the south island. There is so much to see and do. We would also like to thank you for opening your house to us and allowing us to experience the kiwi friendliness first hand. The accommodations were more than what we expected. As for the hunt I still would like to apologize for taking so many shots and missing the mark. I was not as prepared as I thought I was, I guess. But that also speaks to the high quality of game available and the professionalism of the guides which allowed me to take five missed shots before closing the deal. It is not often in the hunting realm that you get this many chances on animals. My whole hunt there had so much WOW factor that I was not able to have much time to really think about where I was actually hunting, every time you looked around there was something new starring at you. I went to NZ wanting to take a stag and you fulfilled your end of the bargain + more. As for Shannon she too had a lot of fun at your place. She thanks you Sue for taking her to Milford sound in the plane. She also enjoyed her walks on the river alone. The scenes she says are very soothing to the soul. She really wants a Tahr for the trophy room so when the time comes we know who and where to go.
Calgary, Canada April 2012
Gerald, I’ve had great fishing with you over the years, in some wonderful places. We’ve been unlucky the last two years with the weather and the aftermath of floods, but you’ve still found me some fish & given me really enjoyable days. My highlight this year was that rainbow on the Makarora. We fished to him for over an hour, going through your fly boxes from top to bottom. I was getting distinctly grumpy, but you refused to leave a feeding fish, and we eventually had him with the first cast of a garden caddis, possibly the most basic fly I’ve ever seen! He took off like a rocket and gave us a terrific fight, well worth the effort. Apart from the fishing, I so enjoy staying with you & your lovely family at your beautiful home. I don’t even miss Sues cooking when she’s away – you buy a superb take-away! Can’t wait till next year!
Well, we’re back from New Zealand now but the memories of our trip are as strong as ever. We both feel we were blessed to be able to visit such a beautiful country and meet such nice people. The entire two weeks were spectacular but the memories that stand out the most to me, of course, are the days hunting with GT and Paul Rennie. From the first day, I knew we were in for a good time. Hunting red stag in the roar was everything I expected. Must thank Paul for his instincts and ideas to put me in the perfect location for the shot. A quick hunt but not one that I will soon forget. Beautiful country, stags roaring in the early dawn, and a nice trophy to take back to Pennsylvania. But I must say, the Tahr hunt was the highlight of the trip and I’m so glad that I included time for these magnificent animals. Although I had a good idea what to expect when walking up on the previous stag, nothing quite prepared me for finding the magnificent Bull Tahr! Now I knew why GT got so excited about hunting these great, shaggy beasts! Beautiful animals in beautiful country – truly a hunt to remember! Our final day’s hunt had us chasing Merriam’s turkeys. Not the traditional hunt that one would have in Pennsylvania, but still loads of fun. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family, to share some time together, and gain an appreciation for the country where you live. If you are ever in Pennsylvania, you will always have a place to stay. And please pass on our thanks and appreciation to the staff at the Archway Motel. The accommodations and service were perfect!
Jon and Jan Vernam
April 2005 – PA, USA
I do not know where to begin in expressing how much we enjoyed our time in Telford hunting camp and in the Telford home. You both (along with the girls- Laetitia and Melanie) were tremendous host/hostess. Your warmth and hospitality made us feel like family not acquaintances. Your lodge facilities were wonderful and your landscaped property was beautiful. Mike already misses pulling an apple from the trees as he passed going to our accommodations. I can’t keep from bragging on your vegetable and herb garden and fruit trees. The evening meal was always fantastic – kudu’s to both Pip and Sue. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and wines of the Otago valley each evening.
I catch myself going and reminiscing over the photos more than once a day (not getting much office work done!).
Gerald, thank you for the most challenging hunting experience ever!!!! It was wonderful to harvest such beautiful animals – but to hunt in the overall surrounding beauty of the mountains and the accomplishment of making it to the top will forever be embedded in my mind. I gained much knowledge and satisfaction from this bow hunt.
Sue and Gerald, I must say it is amazing to watch you both balance your businesses and family life, juggling assignments and schedules with love and respect of each others careers and interest. My compliments to you both.
New Zealand is a corner of PARADISE. To have experienced and walked within the beauty of God’s wonderful, lush creation will forever be a part of great memories for Mike and I. Thanks again for a fabulous adventure. I must say New Zealand hospitality out shines the said “great Texas hospitality.”
We look forward to meeting up with you again at the SCI Dallas show in Jan 2013.
With fond regards., Lori & Mike
Lori and Mike McAdoo, Texas USA
Just a quick thank-you note for the outstanding bow hunting experience I was fortunate to share with you a few weeks ago. This was my third bow hunting trip with you, which says a lot about the first two trips, and this one was the best of the lot. I think it had to do with the four or five times you were able to get me within 15 meters of very good red stags, including groups of stags a couple of times.
The afternoon hunt where we crawled up the hill to hide behind the rose bush within 12 meters of those three big boys with their antlers turning against the sky still stands out in my mind nearly as vividly as it did that day. To finally close the deal on a really nice animal really capped off the hunt. That Joanne could ride along in the truck and gain an appreciation for the beautiful scenery and the animals also greatly enhanced the experience. (And improved my chances of getting to put another head up on the wall of the den!)
I also really appreciated your positive attitude and sense of humor during our hunts. Guiding a recurve bow hunter requires plenty of both, I’m sure. You obviously know well the terrain and the animals we hunted given the numerous chances you gave me to get close. It may be another two or three years, but I really hope to get another chance for a Gerald Telford bow hunting experience. All my best to you, Sue and the girls.
HAWAII – April 2010
A bowhunter since 1992 ROBERT KÖNIG has bowhunted in many parts of the world but says that his NZ hunt with Gerald was one of his highlights. When I was first planning a sightseeing trip from my country Austria/Vienna in Europe to NZ in the year 2008 many of my friends had been asking me, “what are you going to hunt there ??”
“Nothing”, I said , just a sightseeing trip of the North and South Island.
After all, I decided to take the chance and I looked for a bowhunting guide and a good place to hunt Himalajan Tahr and Stags or Chamois.
After searching in google, I soon detected www.flyfishhunt.co.nz and the contact was made.
Gerald invested his private time to show me around in December 2008 in his hunting area for Tahr and Stags, for two days. After that time he asked me if I was an experienced bowhunter- only since already 1992 , and foamer of our bowhunting club, www.austrianbowhunting.at, will make it – and I was hooked by gerald, who is also a bowhunting and fishing guide expert. At that time we could work out several close encounters for a bowhunter- just to take close pictures whith the camera instead of a bow shot.
More than one year I was dreaming of that wonderful private mountain valley. I used my time to become in good shape, trained mountain hiking as much as possible and trained as a bowhunter to shoot at distances up to 40 meters in the mountains.
In March 2009 the dream becomes true, and I was back in that wonderful valley. 11 hours of time difference gave me a hard time, I had 5 days of hunting time + 3 days as reserve days. To make it short, within three days I was able to fulfill my dream. I could harvest a fully free ranging bull Tahr with 12 inch, which scored 40 douglas points, high up in the mountains after a 3 hours climb more than 1200 meters higher up and 1.5 hours additional stalk, with a lucky or good trained 38 meters downhill bow shot and a two blade german cinetics 125 grain broadhead, that Tahr collapsed within 60 meters at a perfect place to make pictures, just meters before a vertical dangerous wall.
The next day we worked out several close encounters to the fully bugling redstags – they had been roaring like in my country, not bellowing high, like elk in the states, and with late shooting light , a perfect quatering away 30 meters bow shot ,brought down a beautiful symmetrical 7×6 red stag within 80 meters with long white tips, which scored 182 CIC points and the dream was over …..
But I will never forget the wonderful time far far away at the other side of the world, the red stag antlers on my wall and the perfect shoulder mount of the tahr will always remind me of that great bowhunting adventure. Everything was perfect ……
ROBERT KÖNIG has hunted at many parts of the world and could harvest with his bow more than 100 hooved big game animals, that NZ hunt was one of his highlights.
If you are a rifle or bow hunter and in normal good shape, you will have perfect chance for Tahr and Red Stag.
Thank`s Sue and Gerald for everything.
AUSTRIA – March 2009
I want to thank you two for everything you did on our recent Stag and sheep hunt to make it very successful and give me the chance to mark this off my ” Bucket List”. You two are GREAT people that have a successful business and you know how to treat people. Tony and Duncan are GREAT guides and you are lucky they are working for you and Sue. I have had a lot of questions about our trip to New Zealand and hopefully this leads to more business for you!!!!!!!
Dan Esch, April 2014
The experience was a great balance of hunting, relaxation, and fellowship. Especially for the English speaking client, this is a very user friendly destination. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all New Zealand and what the outfitter have to offer. Not only did I hunt with the outfitter but also enjoyed some tremendous trout fishing. This will be a hunt with no regrets.
Texas, USA, April 2013
It was certainly a big pleasure for Sandy and I to be able to hunt with you, your family, Duncan, and of course your other guests. It took all of about an hour until we felt right at home at the Telfords and we are most thankful for all of your great hospitality . I’m also unlikely need to tell you what a great find Duncan is to your operation as I’m sure you know that. I really liked hunting with him and would recommend him to anyone who might think of hunting New Zealand.
Brian & Sandy McLachlan
Calgary, Canada, April 2013
Our trip to New Zealand was the most unexpected fabulous trip that I have ever been on! I truly thought I’d be hanging out doing a lot of book reading while Brian was off hunting. I think that I’m the one who had the most fun! You truly filled my week.
I had an outstanding hunt with Gerald and Sue. Along with great guiding, great trophies and great scenery, the Telfords are great people and hosts. I have bowhunted much of North America and South Africa and I know a great hunt and experience when I have had one. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the hunting and the excursions in beautiful Wanaka with Sue. The flight to the coast with Sue as pilot was breathtaking and much appreciated and enjoyed. The stags were majestic and magnificent. Thank you Gerald and Sue for an adventure my wife and I will never forget. Please be sure I am on your reference list.
PA, USA – March 2006
Brady kindly YouTubed us his 2007 Red Stag hunt with us. Guided by Duncan and Morty. Enjoy.