New Zealand Red Stag hunt Testimonials
A few of the Personal notes of thanks,
sent to us from clients over the years
Scott Wall, Utah
(801) 557 6427
“What a truly awesome experience. I truly enjoyed my stay and getting to know your family. What a great time hunting and even a day skiing. A gorgeous cottage and surroundings. Thanks for including me in your family dinners. You have great kids with a great future due to some awesome parents. It was, and will be life changing! Marsha and I will be back and continue our friendship with your family. Thanks again for a life changing experience!”
Paul & Vione Simkins, Utah
(435) 757 5300
"What a great experience. It truly was a lifetime dream come true and hunt. We could have never picked a better place to come. Nigel & Myriam made this not only one of the best hunting experiences of my life but one of the best overall experiences. I truly admire the hunting expertise and professionalism shown to us while we were here. So impressed with the country and animals here - even 'Droppy' was not able to elude us forever!! Vione had such a wonderful experience with Myriam and we have so enjoyed being a part of your amazing family. This was exactly what we had hoped it would be. Looking forward to a long-lasting experience. I hope to have my sons come and experience this. The cottage is beautiful and the food is unsurpassed anywhere!"
Howard stein, North Carolina
(910) 200 2113
"The experience of a lifetime! Everything was perfect. I've been hunting for almost 40 years and have been lucky to travel to many beautiful places with great stories to tell. None surpass our time here at Backcountry with Nigel, Myriam, Mia, Annina and Ruben. The Birt's "style" of hospitality was the best! My father, soon to be 93, and I felt at home and part of the family for our entire stay. This is truly a family/personal touch operation. We both happily took 500+ stags and made new friends... Truly an experience that we will both cherish forever!"
Jim Grasse, Utah
"Myriam and Nigel, thanks very much for hosting me this week. I could not have asked for a better vacation or more gracious hosts. The cottage exceeded my expectations. The stag hunt was perfect, fulfilling a life-long dream. I now have a trophy to be proud of for the rest of my days. You have made me feel part of your family since the moment you picked me up in Christchurch. Thank you my friends!"
Angela Carter, Florida
"Dearest Nigel & Myriam. Our time with you was amazing and more wonderful than we dreamed it would be. The views every day are breathtaking. You both have made this hunt one of a kind that we will remember and talk about for the rest of our lives. Such a great time getting to know you both and I loved our girl talks in the back of the Polaris. Can't wait to show the kids all of our pictures. Thank you for an amazing week and making us feel part of your world."
Seth & Kayce Fehringer,
Idaho (201) 789 7181
"How does one begin to say thank you for making/helping your lifetime dream/bucket list item come true? We cannot express enough gratitude for such an amazing experience. It's one thing to have a hunt of a lifetime, it's another to do it with such amazing and genuine people who truly value and love what they do. From home-cooked meals to bubble baths and hunting. This was a trip for the books. Thank you so much Nigel & Myriam! Your cottage is amazing, your home is stunning and your family is truly heartwarming. We can't wait to come back!"
Shane & Adrianne Francis,
"We have had the best experience hunting here with Nigel & Myriam. The hunting was amazing as well as the food, accommodations, but especially the hospitality from Nigel & Myriam and family. We can't wait to bring our kids back to hunt and stay with them. We sure love this place!"
Ben Carter, Florida
"Dearest Nigel & Myriam. Our time with you was amazing and more wonderful than we dreamed it would be. The views every day are breathtaking. You both have made this hunt one of a kind that we will remember and talk about for the rest of our lives. Such a great time getting to know you both. Thank you for an amazing week and making us feel part of your world."
Jeana, Devin & Nate Carrington, Calgary
"Truly an unforgettable experience! Thank you for your amazing hospitality. Myriam and Nigel were the most attentive hosts. We had an incredible time here and we hope to return again someday. Thank you for the five-star accommodation, food and service. It was a pleasure meeting you and your wonderful family. We can't thank you enough. Wishing you all the best and we hope to see you again!"
Kenny & Lori Bement, Utah
(203) 417 2824
“Nigel & Myriam, thank you for the trip of a lifetime. This experience has been a dream come true and absolutely majestical. We have the utmost respect for your 'leadership position' in the hunting industry. We are grateful for all you have taught us and for this precious/memorable time with you in lovely NZ. You have a wonderful family and awesome kids. We hope to see all of you soon! Please come and visit us, and 'Doctor Hook' the next time you are in Utah.”
Brent & Debbie Munk, utah
(435) 770 5395
"We had such a wonderful time here with you. You are such a fun and welcoming family. Thank you for taking such good care of us and showing us your beautiful country. So loved you welcoming us into your home. Brent said the hunting was more than he could have ever imagined. Thank you so much!"
Richard & Leah White, Utah
“Myriam & Nigel, along with their children are some of the most down to earth, friendliest people we've ever met. They made us feel welcome, comfortable, and part of their family. Nigel & John were expert guides who made our hunt fun, exciting and unforgettable. Couple the hunt with Myriam's skill as a chef and hostess and we had a 5-star experience, one we would do again in a heartbeat!”
Brent & Cindy Wilson, utah
"Nigel and Myriam, I wanted to take a minute and thank you for all you did to make our New Zealand hunting adventure truly a hunt of a lifetime. Your hard work, passion and attention to your client's wishes show in every aspect of your operation. The beautiful Red Cottage, meals comparable to fine restaurants and your hard work in the field were above anything we could have dreamed of. Your passion, dedication and experience in the field is exemplary. The kindness and patience you both demonstrated in helping Cindy harvest her first game animal in 20 years will never be forgotten. You were able to calm her and talk her through her nerves in making a perfect shot on a beautiful Ram. I can't thank you enough. You met and exceeded every expectation we had and we felt like we made two new friends in the process. Please feel free to use us as a reference. Thank you again!!!
Joe Shugart, Florida
"We all had such a fun and enjoyable hunting trip in New Zealand with Backcountry New Zealand. Nigel and Myriam, you guys are a blast and true professionals in your field. The trophy red stags were amazing and the country is beautiful. I enjoyed it so much that I booked again in two years time. See you then! Thank you so much for the perfect trip."
Gallen allred, Utah
(435) 586 7227
"I was impressed with the professionalism, food, accommodations and the quality of animals. I appreciated Nigel and Myriam's hard work and accommodating attitude before, during, and after a very enjoyable and satisfying hunt. Nigel and Myriam made our first and second, father and son hunting trips, both successful and memorable. We would love to return to New Zealand again for a third time. With fondest memories".
BRIAN & JACKIE KING, Wyoming
(307) 262 1514
"Brian's hunt of Red Stag & Fallow Deer, as well as our stay at the 'Red Cottage' far exceeded any
expectations we may have had in mind. The meals and the hospitality were bar none superior and most enjoyable!! The family time was also a treat with well mannered, intelligent
and fun children. Thank you all for a wonderful NZ experience and new found friendship! We had an incredible time!"
Guy Conversano, Seattle
(206) 332 1900
"Great archery red stag hunt! A large number of close encounters and stalks! Even though we have archery hunted for a number of years, I learned a great deal due to the number of close, (under 12-40 yards) stalks we had. On top of the great hunting experience, great company to hang out with! Never a dull moment! Very exciting! Thank you Nigel, Myriam John & Greg!"
Austin Starling, Florida
“Myriam & Nigel, made this incredible hunt experience so much fun. Coming from Florida, I could not believe the scenery, mountains and amazing hunting grounds in New Zealand. The Red stag hunting was out of this world and I was blown away by how each red stag was so unique. I cannot thank Myriam and Nigel enough for the unbelievable week we had with them. Everything was perfect and very professional”
Cindy & Brent Wilson, utah
"Life is not measured in the breaths you take but in the moments that take your breath away! This week has taken our breath away many times over! From the beautiful accommodations to the amazing food.. to the hunting trip of a lifetime! Your patience, knowledge, energy and love for what you do made this week one of the top weeks of my life! We feel blessed to have chosen you to hunt with and feel we have gained the most amazing friends ever. Thank you isn't enough to express how deeply we have appreciated everything you have done. What a diamond we've found, you will be highly recommended by us!"
Nathan & Shayna White, utah,
"Very accommodating with food preferences even when I didn't give them any, they noticed and adjusted. When it came to shooting a stag they stuck to their prior assessments on size. With regards to the hunt, John & Nigel were both very friendly and professional. They were great to work with. Your service was great, your attention to detail was phenomenal and the atmosphere you created in the lodging and meal times was calm and comfortable. Thank you so much for the perfect trip."
Phillip & Emily white, utah,
"Hunting with Nigel was a truely exciting adventure filled with superb game in the stunning backcountry of New Zealand. This along with the delicious food, comfortable accommodations and a friendly environment created the perfect vacation. Myriam was a fantastic hostess, Nigel was a great guide and both welcomed us warmly and made us feel completely at home.
Ryan DeGrande, Florida
"I could not believe the red stags of New Zealand and how individual each stag is. Hunting them was so exciting, especially when the rut was on and the stags were roaring. It has been a dream of mine to hunt red stags in New Zealand and Nigel & Myriam you made my dream come true in such a fun way"
Richard & Valerie White, Utah
“Even with 8 people in our party, each of us felt individually attended to. For Valerie & I this was a wonderful family trip which exceeded all of our expectations. We are already talking about the next stay with Nigel & Myriam and planning to bring our friends. Thank you again!”
Justin & Kascie RusselL, idaho
"It's hard to put into words how amazing this experience has been. Our expectations have been shattered with how amazing everything has been. Every single detail of everything from the cottage, to the food, to the hunting has just been indescribable. I pray we get to return here in the future to make more incredible memories. My heart is so happy. Thank you so much for being the amazing family and hosts that you are. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts".
KYSON CARPENTEr, Utah
"My Grandfather and Uncle made their first trip to hunt red stag in New Zealand in 2016. Not only were they successful, they had a terrific time and listening to their stories I knew hunting red stag in New Zealand had to be moved to the top of my bucket list. We met Myriam and Nigel at the annual Hunting Expo to schedule another hunt, and I was able to make my first reservation for April 2018. Myriam and Nigel Birt were very professional from our first meeting at the Expo. They literally treated me like family. I glassed the red stag that I wanted, and they let me go after that perfect stag for two days until I was able to get a good shot and take him. Our experience was so fantastic, we plan on scheduling another hunt in 2020."
David & Melinda Bowen
utah, (801) 556 4840
"Thanks so much again for everything! What an amazing time! We really appreciate your hospitality and all you did for us. Our whole family had such a great time. You have a beautiful and wonderful family, it was so fun to be together!! I can't wait to come down again, (seriously can't stop thinking about it), and will see you both again here soon".
Jason & Lindsay mcgimpsey, montana (406) 245 4760
"We just wanted to drop you all a quick note to let you know that our animals arrived in pristine condition yesterday. The mounts are exceptional, as was our trip. Thank you again for everything, we are so excited to have our trophies. We are even more excited to return someday to visit!!! All the best, Jason & Lindsay."
"Hi Nigel, I just wanted to thank you once again for a great New Zealand hunting experience. You all could not have done a better job, I felt
like a member of the family. My pictures have gotten many of my friends interested in coming down your way for a hunt, and I hope to be able to join them on another adventure with you.
Thanks again I’ll stay in touch."
"Dear Nigel, In May of 2007 I booked a Tahr and Chamois hunt with Backcountry New Zealand. From the time of our arrival to our hunting destination, everything was handled professionally and efficiently. I have hunted Alaska, Canada, most of the Western United
States, Mexico and Africa. My experience with Backcountry New Zealand would compare with the best that I have experienced in any of my
hunting adventures. The staff from Backcountry who guided me on my hunt were hard working, professional and most importantly, they were genuine good guys and fun to be with. New Zealand as a country has to be seen to be believed, scenic beyond my wildest dreams and one
of the best kept secrets in the hunting world. Best to you all at Backcountry and again many thanks for an unforgettable experience. Please feel free to use me as a reference anytime! Sincerely"
"I would just like to thank you for the great hunt that I went on through your company! My first time in New Zealand on a hunt and I loved all the animals I saw and hunted. My guide was great! Very good at locating animals and preparing the final stalk. The thing I liked the most was being able to travel around and see your country and culture. Thanks again for the great time and see you again in 2008"