Author(s): D Bruce Banwell
Bruce's hunting and interest has found him in almost every corner of New Zealand where deer are found. His research into this animal as a species has taken him to the majority of deer range of the Northern Hemisphere from the Hebrides, across the Eurasian continent to Manitoba in Canada and many parts of Asia. He has researched the origins and history of Red deer, Sika, Wapiti, Fallow deer, Rusa, Sambar and Whitetail deer in particular the various species, subspecies and strains that were introduced and acclimatised here in New Zealand. His knowledge of deer has resulted in invitations to introduce international symposiums, be the guest of foreign wiseacre groups, particularly in Asia and visit many countries, including Georgia and Iran, where he was invited to lecture students on the taxonomy of Red deer and work with WWF Georgia and Tehran University in their projects with the Caucasian Maral. The Red deer part 1, is the fifth in a series of books that will eventually form the official NZDA record series, covering the top trophies taken in New Zealand for all game animals recognised by that organisation. Each work looks into 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.
Bruce Banwell has been involved with the New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association since 1948. He has been a member of eight different branches, president of three, executive member of four and secretary & treasurer of Southland branch. He is a national judge for the NZDA and also a co-ordinating tutor for the Douglas Score, as well as a member of the Douglas Score Panel, the active arm of the Douglas Score Trust.