DSC is in January and there are a lot of New Zealand outfitters there. I hunted with Jim Hunter of Glenroy Lodge back in 1999 for mine. He had the option of taking a helicopter up to the top of the mountain and getting them that way for more then I wanted to spend, or you could shoot one on his land, which is what I did. He has one of the largest high fenced ranches in New Zealand and there are plenty of animals spread out over it. Something like 8,000 acres plus all the public land.
I talked to him two years ago, but didn't see him there last year. I know he goes to SCI in Vegas, but I haven't been there in quite awhile. I like DSC better!!! A friend wanted to go there when we talked to Jim and while Jim's prices where better, he seemed under the weather and very tired. He didn't make a good impression and my friend went with another outfitter. He got all his animals and had a great time, but I felt he could have done better with Jim.
It's all a dollars game. You pay for trophy size pretty much like hunting whitetail on a high fenced ranch here. I paid for silver medal animals and got lucky with both my thar and chamois. The chamois had a broken shoulder and was way down in the valley when we saw him. He was gold medal, but clearly hurt, so they asked me to take him. The thar was a mistake by my guide. He ranks number 31 in the SCI book. They said congratulations and how lucky I was to get such a great animal.
I've read where some outfitters will try to charge you more for shooting an animal bigger then what you booked, but they never said a thing.
While there, another guy was hunting there at the same time. He was on the heavy side and couldn't walk very well. He shot some nice animals that where all gold medal, but then he would complain about them and wanting bigger ones once they measured them and gave him the score. He never helped out with anything either. When his wife wanted to shoot a non trophy stag, they charged her a grand. I helped drag the animals out and skin them. I'm very particular about my capes and I spend extra time on them cleaning them up. I think they liked that because when I asked if my wife could shoot a stag like his wife, they charged me $200.