This spring my dad and I had the chance to make it back to New Zealand. I was so excited because I hadn't been back since I was 15 years old and I was going with one goal; to harvest a monster Red Stag with my bow.

We were out in the field for five days but nothing was coming into range, all the elements seemed to be working against us. I could feel the tension starting to build; with only two days left to hunt, I knew time was running out. On the 6th day I made the decision to switch to my Horizon Firearms 300 Win Mag. We hiked up to a ridge where we had seen some nice stags roaring and wouldn't you know, a beautiful male ran right out in front of us!

I had been anticipating this hunt for months and the time was finally here! I waited for my guide to give me the "go ahead" and at 100 yards I dropped him in his tracks! Finally, after 6 days of the emotional roller coaster, I was thrilled to have harvested such an amazing red stag! Although I wasn't able to get him with my bow, I was so thankful for the opportunity to be back in the beautiful country of New Zealand and to share this experience with my dad.

Check out some of the gear we relied on during the hunt:

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