Author(s): D.Bruce Banwell
The late Bruce Banwell was involved with the New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association since 1948. He was a member of eight different branches, president of three, executive member of four and secretary and treasurer of Southland branch. He was Training Convenor to the National Judging Panel responsible for the training programme. His study and previous hunting of deer has found him in almost every corner of New Zealand where deer are found. His research has taken him to the majority of deer range of the northern hemisphere from Ireland and the Hebrides, across the Eurasian Continent to Manitoba in Canada and many parts of Asia. The Indian subcontinent is also home to two of the three subspecies of Tahr. As a mountaineer as well as a hunter Bruce appreciated the skills of Tahr, a very agile animal in it's mountain environment. When he first started hunting them in New Zealand they were almost exclusively an alpine animal unlike today where they have spread down to bush level and below in some places. He has hunted Tahr from both eastern and western side of the alpine region they inhabit, his first Tahr in 1956 was of record book quality (DS 42 ), although he has taken several more none have equalled his first. His writing appeared regularly in journals and magazines here in New Zealand, and other overseas countries, including regular contributions to the British Deer Society's journal, Deer. He was a member of the Deer Specialist Group of the I.U.C.N. (World Conservation Union). The Tahr, is the eighth and final in a series of books to be written by Bruce that form the official N.Z.D.A. record series, covering the top trophies taken in New Zealand for all game animals recognised by that organisation. Each work has looked at the origin, liberation, spread and establishment, present status, location and how to hunt information, as well as listing all known trophies and their Douglas Score statistics as recorded by the New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association. This volume was completed with the help of Marcus Pinney, Marcus is a deer farmer and hunting guide based near Whataroa in South Westland.