2012 Wapiti Ballot Season Underway

March 19th, 2012

Clear blue skies welcomed the first of the  Fiordland Wapiti Foundation ballot hunters into Fiordland today.  With an easterly wind the only weather to contend with, the first rotors turned before daylight this morning… and  Fiordland Helicopters last group were safely settled into their block by late afternoon.   Many of them are returning hunters who fly in to hunt for Red deer every year – for some of them though it was their first time into Wapiti country.  Flying with Fiordland Helicopters today included hunters from Te Anau, Waikaia, the wider Southland region, Waikato, Canterbury,  “up North” (that means anywhere in the North Island!) and Australia. The weather will play a large part now in their movements for the next ten days, but most of them look well equipped to deal with whatever it throws at them.

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