I recently had the opportunity to hunt with Rusa Island Outfitters for Javan Rusa Stags on the French Territorial Island of New Caledonia. Although I had spoken with Adrian throughout the booking process about the Islands thriving deer population, I did not fully comprehend the sheer quantity of deer that we would see! Rusa numbers literally in the thousands each day, and multiple shooter quality stags spotted each time we went out. Upon identifying what looked like a quality stag, Adrian would methodically assess the animal, including me in his evaluation, and we would determine the animal’s merits. Adrian would make recommendations based on what I was looking for, not just something he thought should be taken. After looking at all kinds of stags, Adrian’s attention to detail presented me with the opportunities to connect with two beautiful old Rusa stags. After the deer hunting component was complete, hunting some New Caledonian Rio Grande Wild Turkeys was just the icing on the cake.
What a South Pacific adventure it was! The hunt exceeded all my expectations. Adrian went above and beyond both in the field as my guide, but also before the hunt during the booking and Q&A process. The accommodations are a perfect getaway for couples, and once the hunting itself is done, there are many other unique opportunities on the island available to extend this vacation-type hunting destination. We feel we have truly made lifelong friends with Adrian and Alexei and look forward to planning more exciting adventures together soon. It was second to none. Thank you!
Back in August of 2019, my father and I travelled to New Caledonia in hopes of taking a couple big Rusa stags. Upon arrival at the property, I was in awe of the amount of deer roaming the area freely. Adrian was constantly having to calm me, and it was then realized we had come to the right place. Not only did we easily see over 1000 deer a day, but as a credit to Adrian, he has a very specific criteria that validates a shootable animal. These conservation techniques ensures that it is possible for hunters to go to places such as New Caledonia and have high chances of scoring on a proper high-end stag. To this day, my fondest hunting memory is indeed with Adrian, after stalking a big stag and watching it fight, breed and fight again, all in the span of a few minutes. I was shaking looking through the scope, appreciating the incredible story behind this stag that now hangs proudly on my wall. As I have gluten and lactose intolerance, my primary concern about going overseas is always the element of food. However, Adrian made it very easy for me, taking me down to the shops and to buy food I needed for the week; a task that would have been impossible without his ability to fluently speak French. I cannot recommend Adrian and his services enough. Everything from transportation to processing the animal was very professionally executed. I will not only return, but will definitely be bringing friends to share this amazing and unforgettable experience with me.