Author(s): Kiddie, Don
In 1962 the New Zealand Forest Service published a booklet by Don Kiddie called "The Sika Deer in New Zealand". It was the first information about Sika Deer in New Zealand and was based on hundreds of hours of observation and research from a skilled hunter. The booklet was for many years the only information about a relatively unknown breed of deer in New Zealand which was gaining popularity with hunters as they presented a new challenge on the hunting scene. As a result Don Kiddie soon became known to every serious hunter in New Zealand and the original booklet had to be reprinted several times. From an early age Don Kiddie was destined to become a hunter, his ability was honed from years of professional deer culling as well as his own recreational hunting. These skills allowed him not only to take the animals he sought but also to get close enough to take nearly all of the photographs in this book without the use of modern telephoto lenses. His wandering have taken him all over New Zealand and he has hunted and photographed all of the big game animals we have.