Hunting

A West Coast Whirlwind

The massive bull tahr was just 30 metres away, staring right at us, waiting… for what? Jimmy lifted the rifle and then an ominous sound. Click. A misfire. The bull remained fixed to the spot. The West Coast of the South Island is a magnificent place for an adventure, particularly...
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Hunting in the high country

It’s incredible how much power an outboard loses at altitude. Our somewhat overpowered 4.7 metre Buccaneer normally screams along with its Johnson 115hp, but this morning was a bit different. Packed to the brim with gear and people, we slowly ambled onto the plane across the glassy waters of Lake...
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Antler Management

Sika are notoriously timid and flighty deer that are hard to spot and even harder to shoot in the dense native bush of the central North Island. NZ’s sika herd is the only one below the equator and offers a world class trophy hunting and meat resource. But that resource...
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Ethan Oliver – Tradie, Hunter, Spearo

“Hinau”, Ethan tells me, is actually the name of a native tree. Once a year, hinau charitably drop their berries, and the pigs waste no time cleaning up the forest floor. When this happens, there’s only one place you’ll find Ethan: snooping around the hinau with his dogs and knife...
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Fiordland at Last

As the dull whine of the helicopter faded into the distance, we looked around at our new home for the next four days. The topo map we’d been looking at just 30 minutes earlier at the hanger certainly didn’t do the terrain justice. I guess they never do. Massive peaks...
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The good, the bad, the local

Lockdown caused a bit of chaos around the country. People were venturing off into uncertainty, and there was global confusion as we tried to comprehend the unfathomable. We were all riding through the same storm, but in different boats, and I was feeling the pinch too, after losing my bread...
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Tahr Time!

Keen hunter Nick Binks headed to the South Island’s west coast to chase the mighty tahr recently, and the trip did not disappoint. Every year, I try my luck in the tahr ballot run by DOC. This allows you remote access by helicopter into some of the most fantastic, rugged...
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BOYS WILL BE BOYS

We are living in weird times. The earth has been humbled by an invisible enemy and everything we knew to be the norm quickly changed. Our direction of life for the next while was up in the air, so a bunch of us lads thought we would go to our...
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BOW HUNTING IDAHO BULL ELK

It was September, and Ant Niterl had geared up for what was going to be a mega experience in the wilderness bow hunting bull elk for 12 days in Idaho, United States of America. With only three months of slamming arrows into homemade targets, I found myself alongside Ben Tuamata...
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Plumber Supreme

Rob Teina is a successful plumber, keen outdoorsman, and part-time actor. Nick Jones caught up with him to find out more. I first met Rob when he came out on a fishing charter with a mutual friend in the building trade. It quickly became apparent he was a charismatic, social plumber...
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