We have a highly populated big game area but your success on a hunt might depend on your physical fitness, mental attitude and how hard you are willing to work. Nonetheless, we will ensure that the hunt you choose fits your expectation and your pace.
When it comes to big game, Dunedin offers their customers 4 types of hunting styles: horseback, boat, 4X4 and ATV. Each style allows itself plenty of time to "spot and stalk".
This hunting style is very popular at Dunedin. Hunting on gentle and experienced horses allows the hunter to cover more area with relative ease. The horse does most of the work while the hunter gets to rest and preserve his energy. This is a definite advantage when traveling in steep grounds. No need to be a skilled rider to hunt by horseback. If a hunter can sit firmly in the saddle, the horse usually does the rest. We will teach you what is necessary to know. Basic riding instructions provided at the start of the hunt will give you the degree of assurance needed for the remainder of your trip. Depending on where the game is located, it is not uncommon for a hunter to spend a couple hours per day riding in the saddle. Hunts are conducted in both high drainages and lowlands. Numerous stops are made for glassing and resting purposes. Some walking is involved.
This hunting style is an easy way to go. Boat hunts are for those who might be a little bend out of shape or who just prefer a less strenuous hunt that gives them plenty of time to glass and take pictures. The hunt is limited to river shore lines and lakes. Depending on the season, the distance and the weather, overnight camping might be required at times.
ATV or 4X4
These hunts are intended for individuals who prefer to hunt with relative ease and cover lots of ground in a day. Hunts are restricted to water holes, trails and old logging roads. Walking distance is contingent on the individual’s physical condition. These hunts are based out of the main lodge unless otherwise specified.
These hunts are more challenging physically and a hunter does not cover as much ground as he normally would with a horse. The technique does have its rewards. Backpacking is used on a sheep hunt.
Policy on Wounded Game
Dunedin is committed to the retrieval of wounded game. During a hunt, if an animal is wounded, it is the guide's duty and responsibility to decide if the animal has been hit seriously or not. A person will be able to carry on with his/her hunt for that species if and only if, the wounded animal's life is not in danger. Should the guide decide the animal will die due to its wound, the hunt for that species is called off. A hunter and guide are expected to spend at least one day searching for a wounded animal.