The Vista crew had a great time this past week and you should get swamped with coverage. Wish I was there to help cook on the beach.
Brad Fenson Outdoors,
Brad Fenson Outdoors
“I cannot recommend highly enough Richard Burdon and family and their Glen Dene Hunting outfit on New Zealand’s South Island. Richard runs an outstanding operation for free range red stag, fallow and tahr. There is a range of accomodations from a private, four bedroom house overlooking Lake Hawea to B&B accomodations at the station to rustic cabins and even camping. The hunting is first rate with capable guides and lots of animals. From the start, we felt like part of the family and Richard and Sarah pull out all the stops to make our visit entirely enjoyable. We had a fantastic hunt and left New Zealand knowing that we would be back again.”
Kevin E. Steele,
It was around this time last year in 2017 that Leslie and I were wrapping up our trip and flew home about Aug 7th. Thanks for the memories...
I had both the Tahr and Chamois officially measured for SCI and entered....I cannot remember the number but both were top 50 I believe. One 23rd and one something else...very cool and much appreciated.
My name is Antonio Teruel and I`m the CEO of Iberhunting.com I’m an outfitter in Spain for nearly 35 years who has hunted around the world and in June 2017 after a recommendation from my good friend and partner Matt Gueddes of journeyhunts.com, I came to New Zealand to hunt on your ranch.
Matt and I are quite experienced and when Matt suggested I come to your camp for a hunt and even with my vast experience, I will find it to be an experience (hunt) of a lifetime, I booked my trip immediately..
From the first moment of my arrival and when I meet Richard in the airport I got a good feeling for what was to come. I was there with Rob of Hunters Element and he reiterated that he also felt the same way about Richard and was looking forward to the hunt to come. After the hunt I realized that this was one of my best hunting trips that I ever experienced , not only because of the hunt but the wonderful the hospitality. Your wife Sarah is a wonderful cook and very attentive to our comfort at the lodge.
Our guide Dan Rossiter is quite professional, as is all your guides on your ranch in my opinion but whoever your are assigned; I know you will be in good hands.
From one professional to another, I recommend Glen Dene very much !!
Richard / Sarah / Dan and all the team Thank You so much for everything, I will come back for sure !!
Got a couple of early Christmas presents from Artistic Vision Wildlife Studio. Amazing job Aaron! Both of these bueties were taken at Glen Dene with Richard Burdon. Anyone looking for an adventure of a lifetime needs to visit Richard and his team.
Chamois have been everything I dreamed they would be: Challenging, charming and wild. Thank you Neil Connolly, Richard Burdon and Glen Dene Hunting & Fishing
Vista Outdoors, 2018
"Accommodations could not have been any nicer. Thanks so much to Jerry and Lesley for welcoming us into their home.
Would definitely recommend Richard’s operation. A fantastic week for my wife and I, one of the better experiences we have had."
Buzz & Estelle,
"Absolutely a wonderful experience. We stayed with Lesley and Jerry; they are fantastic, warm and welcoming hosts and the chalet we stayed in had an amazing view and great privacy. We thoroughly enjoyed a good continental breakfast to start our day, lunch along with wine and cheese at the end of the day before a wonderful dinner, featuring much of the game from the station. Richard and Sarah hosted a really fun lakeside event Friday evening, with cocktails, appetizers and Richard’s wood-fired pizzas – a chance for all the hunters of the week, and their guides, to gather, share stories, laughter and pictures, making for a really nice conclusion to our stay. Transportation from and to the airport was easy, Chrissy was a great tour guide, including a bit of background on the area as we prepared for our week. Our guide Neil was truly excellent – identified excellent game to satisfy our hunting requirements, arranging for a day-trip to tour the ranch, making sure our fishing day was setup – truly an excellent coordinator and while a bit of a jokester, was all-business when it came to the taking of our animals. And – he is an excellent photographer! Higgy was also a lot of fun, touring us around the station and surrounding area during a free day. We had such a great experience, we felt like we were staying with family and can’t wait to return.
This is a perfect environment for a woman hunter. I (Melinda) have little hunting experience away from our local blacktail hunting and my husband as my guide. Glen Dene offers a comfortable, safe environment with professional guides that tailor their approach to the personality, skills and interest of the hunter. As an example, the first day Neil offered excellent guidance in sighting in a rifle we’d never shot – his skills as a shooting instructor were evident and both my husband and I learned from the experience. Secondly, he spent time that first morning showing us a variety of different stags, allowing him to get an idea of what type of animal I was interested in and then using that information, identified a great match for what I was looking for – executing the perfect stalk. Higgy was also very comfortable to be around – funny, informative, a great tour guide and a chance to learn just a bit more about New Zealand than we might otherwise have ever known! I would whole-heartedly encourage women hunters to experience Glen Dene and would be happy to be a reference.
Richard – thank you to you, as well, for an incredible experience! Our friends are in awe of our animals!"
Allen & Melinda,
California, March 2018
"Most outdoorsman see New Zealand as a paradise for hunting but once they arrive they find the fishing to be the second jewel in the crown of outdoor activity. My wife Cyndy and I went on a wonderful river raft fishing trip organized by Richard and we caught some awesome rainbow trout. Our fishing guide was Greg Dougherty and we found him to be the best fishing guide I have ever used.
I hunted with Glen Dene guide Stacey Thorburn who turned out to be not only an awesome guide but a great person. I didn’t even have to bring my own rifle from the United States. I borrowed Richard’s 7mm Mag and from the pictures below you can see performed just as we expected.
The country is spectacular. The mountains are rugged if you need to climb.
Accommodations were great and the entire family and team that Richard has put together is fantastic. We enjoyed all the dinners and getting to know the family.
New Zealand and Glen Dene Hunting exceeded my expectations. Both hunting and fishing were outstanding."
Jay & Cyndy,
Texas, March 2018
"This year I hunted with guide Stacey Thorburn & Dan Rossiter where I took a nice Tahr while my friends Sam & Trista killed 3 red stags and a ram and Travis killed a red stag.
Glen dene is 10/out of 10 in my book. The panoramic views, and luxurious, yet comfortable lodge makes a great location for all to enjoy, including non-hunting family members. They spoil you with delicious foods and top notch chefs."
Randi & friends,
"I found Glen Dene through a friend and outdoor writer Brad Fenson. I hunted in March 2018 alongside Glen Dene guide Neil Connoly using my Savage Accufit model 110 in .30-06. The hunting and hiking was hard, but the reward was so, so worth it.
I was extremely happy with the accommodations, staff, hunting and really everything provided. It was a great hunt. The food was wonderful and the locations were beyond what I even imagined. I also really appreciated Glen Dene’s ability to mix commercial agriculture with conservation and sport hunting. It is a perfect model to see how well things can work in New Zealand when the different pieces can coexist.
...Glen Dene was a top-notch outfit with excellent accommodations, great game and just an amazing setting as a canvas for these hunts."
"We found Glen Dene online and after speaking to several outfitters on the North and South Island, we felt the best connection with Richard and his team at Glen Dene.
We hunted the last week of March 2018, the very start of the Roar. We each hunted free-range red stag with our own rifles, Browning .308s. Natalie took her stag on day 1 and Joe took his stag on Day 3. After we both tagged out, we started searching for a free range Fallow Deer, and on the last hunting day in the afternoon after hiking 7 miles, we were successful.
Our guide Tony “Higgy” was such an integral part; not only was our hunt successful but we had so much fun while hunting! He put safety first and we always knew we were in good hands. The hunt was on mountain terrain. Some parts of the hunt we hiked along rolling hills. Other times we hiked through brush or streams. We did hike alongside mountains with sharp drop offs and we walked up and down a lot of hills, some very steep, but Higgy consistently gave us tips and ensured our safety. It is definitely best if you have a good base level of cardio for a New Zealand hunt.
We stayed at the Homestead and it was wonderful. Jerry and Leslie were gracious hosts and made excellent meals for us. It was always so much fun to meet back at camp for dinner and listen to everyone’s stories and celebrate each other’s successful hunts. Glen Dene was a wonderful experience for us. The backdrop is beautiful, the people are awesome, and we will definitely be back!"
Joe & Natalie,
"Thank you for the photos you sent... with those lovely Trout. The waters of the Clutha and Waitaki so Beautiful, the Rainbow and Brown such strong competitors, your breath is taken away with each strike and play. Just knowing what wonderful country surrounds you, for a moment you think you’ve found Paradise. Jerry and Leslie made us so welcome and Richard showed such friendship we had a hard time packing up and leaving. We shall always remember a time well spent at Glen Dene. "
"Richard, Sarah and the whole team at Glen Dene, thank you for an awesome week. The hunting was spectacular, but the team there was my favorite part of the trip. Simply put, you have a genuinely kind, caring, fun-loving team."