"Red Stag Drinking"
Red Deer were introduced into New Zealand from herds in Britain between 1851 (from Thorndon Hall) and 1910 (from Warnham Court).
Other bloodlines were Royal Richmond Park, Stoke Park, Invermark Forest, Raby Park, and Werribee Park (Victoria, Australia).
They were bred up in captivity and liberated at many points in both islands until 1923.
They flourished extremely well in
our lush broadleaf forests and tussock grasslands, to
the point where serious culling programs had to be set
in place to protect the bush. Deer cullers operating on
foot and from the air became an integral part of NZFS
management, and when the value of deer farming became
apparent, Red Deer and Wapiti (Elk) were also hunted and