Hunting

The Colorcote tradie profile: Matthew Kim

Matthew Kim is a passionate builder who’s recently gone out on his own under the name Arrowtree Builds and spends much of his spare time bow hunting and fly fishing in the Hawkes Bay region. I caught up with Matthew recently on the phone, and it didn’t take long before...
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BIG SIX ’21

When Brian McFarlane from Rheem called Te Awamutu plumber Brent Palmer and told him he had won the latest Rheem Big Six Challenge, he was ‘gobsmacked.’ “I couldn’t believe it, and going out with GT! I met GT at the Motutapu fishing contest years ago and that was the biggest...
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M2 Over Our Land

It sounds silly, but sometimes the stars align and you land your dream gig. For a punter who constantly chases his passions and a laugh, these types of opportunities only come once in a life time. I’ll be straight with you: I’m no outdoor, living off the land connoisseur, or a classic...
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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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