New Zealands’ Wild Deer – “Culling to Live Capture”

  • These are stories of the life and times of and industry based on the recovery of wild deer in New Zealand, both dead and alive.From pest to multi- million dollar earner. Here and see of the history unfold……

2003 Good Keen Meen

Good Keen Men                                                                                         For over fifty years the NZ Deercullers blazed trails across much of NZ unexplored back country & became part of NZ folk law before bureaucracy ruled the mountains.

Great names from the hills such as Alan Duncan, Mike Bennett, Ted Rye, Jack Lasenby, Barry Crump, Con Malone and many more, the real people of the book ” A Good Keen Man”

DVD GKM (inc p&p)





The Venison Hunters                                                                               New Zealanders who were involved in recovering deer ,on foot, in jetboats, planes and helicopters.Unique original film and hilarious stories , fantastic scenery action and larger than life characters such as Dave Saxton, Alan Duncan, Mike Bennett – author of the book “The Venison Hunters”, Barry Mercer, John Reid, Huck Finn, Syd Deaker and many more.


DVD VH inc (p&p)



The Last Great Adventure

The Last Great Adventure                                                                      The amazing story of the capture of live deer from the mountains of New Zealand to the fledgling deer farming industry.This is the story of a special group of New Zealanders whose initiative and daring perfected the capture of wild animals.Relive their adventures from the ultimate net gun systems used by some of the finest helicopter crews in the world.

DVD LGA inc (p&p)



2009 The-Great-NZ-deer-story---3-dvd-set

The Great New Zealand Deer Story                                                                                                                                                                          A 3 DVD set

1.Good Keen Men

2.The Venison Hunters

3.The Last Great Adventure

3 DVD NZ Deer (inc p&p)



2012 To-The-Limit

To The Limit                                                                                            This is the story of a hard working, innovative Kiwi entrepreneur, three helicopters and six men who flew beyond the mist of the inscrutable Ureweras to capture deer, in what was to be the final chapters of a great New Zealand adventure.


DVD Limit (inc p&p)


r22-deer300The Roninson R22

Buckle your seatbelts and experience the magic of the R22 from the
Southern Alps of New Zealand to the Outback of Australia.You will NOT believe what they can do with the R22.

The Robinson R22 is better known to outdoors people as ”the Robbie.” Many hunters first encountered it in when times were tough for the turbine driven helicopters involved in venison recovery. When the deer price dropped operators looked around for amore economical alternative. For many it was the Robbie.This machine was designed to carry two occupants and was primarily a commuter aircraft to the American market. The designer, Frank Robinson never reckoned on Kiwi ingenuity and R22 helicopter was soon put to work undertaking duties never intended by Robinson. There were a number of crashes, many of them fatal until pilots came to terms with this machine which was lacking in horsepower for the tasks pilots asked of it.
This DVD explores many of the wide range of uses this machine has been put to in New Zealand and Australia. Early pioneers in R22 deer recovery such as Bruce Harvey and Doug Maxwell were using these machines over 20 years ago. Interestingly enough after Harvey fitted a cargo hook he tested the lifting capability with coils of good old #8 wire. The Kiwis quickly adapted the machines to fire net guns.
Not only have the producers captured this unique little workhorse but they have also captured a permanent record of a number backcounry activities rarely seen by most people. From using a helicopter to muster both deer and cattle, Weed spraying, gathering sphagnum moss, lifting posts to lifting out Pink pine stumps from remote areas on the West Coast. There is huge amount information contained on this DVD.You will need to watch it several times to take it all in!                                                   Running Time: 70 Min.

DVD R22 (inc p&p)



2003 Red-Deer

Red Deer

Red Deer is a story of the Venison Industry,as seen through the eyes of one of its survivors,Sir Tim Wallis.The video documents the companies progression from shooting, to the era of live capture in the late 1970’s. Pilots Richard Hayes and Doug Maxwell are shown in full flight in the rugged mountains of New Zealand.

DVD RD (inc p&p)



2003 Airborne

Join helicopter pilot Doug Maxwell and shooter Kevin Hallet on live capture mission set in the rugged mountains of Fiordland. Watch the team owrk of pilot Harvey Hutton and shooter Burt How in catching Himalayan Thar in alpine peaks of the Mt Cook region of New Zealand.

DVD Red D (inc p&p)



2000 Saxtons Country Saxton’s Country

Leaving school at seventeen to become a Government deer culler was the beginning of a life of adventure for helicopter pilot Dave Saxton.                                                                                    Take a look at some of his everyday tasks in New Zealands beautiful back country from live capture of deer, chamois and thar to mustering cattle – explore the vastness of South Westland.

DVD Saxton (inc p&p)



2004 Meat-Hawks

Meat Hawks                                                                                                  An early black and white historical film of the halcyon days of the Venison Industry when venison was a dollar a pound and helicopters were retrieving over a 100 carcasses a day.

DVD Meathawk (inc p&p)



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