Story: Hunting

Calling stags

Calling stags

Photographed in the South Island in the 1940s, this hunter is roaring for stags using a cow’s horn. In autumn, stags begin roaring to announce their presence to other stags in the area. When they meet up they fight for supremacy and the right to mate with hinds in the area. For their part, hunters ‘roar’ to attract stags – or at least get them to reply. If they do, the hunter then has some idea of their location.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection (PAColl-0785)
Reference: PAColl-8983-33
Photograph by Matt Grant

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Carl Walrond, 'Hunting - Hunting today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/15639/calling-stags (accessed 20 September 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008