Deer Wars tells the story of the 50 year struggle to control, hunt & farm New Zealand's red deer population. Back-country legends tell tales of fortunes made and friends lost.
Deer Wars tells the story of the 50-year struggle to control New Zealand's red deer population. Lives were lost and fortunes made. Read more Audio
Red deer run rampant across the high country in New Zealand, causing extensive environmental damage. A 50-year effort to control the invasive animal gets underway. Read more Audio
The elimination strategy hasn't worked. In 20 years, the cullers have shot perhaps 10% of the deer. It’s time to up the ante. Read more Audio
Suddenly everyone wants to be a culler but who will make the cut? Read more Audio
The arrival of helicopters turns the culling business on its head. Hunters shoot deer from the air and with big money to be made, venison recovery will never be the same. Read more Audio
Shooting from choppers is a game changer but teams are learning from scratch, working at break-neck pace in such dangerous terrain that an accident is always on the cards. Read more Audio
The mid 1960’s are the golden years for aerial hunters. Venison prices are high, fuel costs low and there seems no end to the deer. But something has to change. Read more Audio
By the mid 70’s things were about to change dramatically. The hunters had become so efficient they were shooting themselves out of a job. Read more Audio
The success of live capture and the skyrocketing prices inevitably encourage poaching. Read more Audio
The era of live deer capture had an aura of glamour to it. But the reality for those involved was very different. Read more Audio
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