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

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

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

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

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

Rheem Back to ‘Business’

It’s no surprise then that John Bebbington from Rheem was halfway to Taihape the first day of Level 2. His destination: a private farm in Ngamatea famous for its hunting and fishing. A Sika Stag gets into view With two plumbers and a customer in tow, Dave, Richard and Richard


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

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

Chamois Hunt

Nick Binks normally fills his summer with fishing and diving trips, but with few weather windows through the warmer months earlier this year he decided to swap the rod for the rifle. After a bit of discovery on Google Earth a plan was hatched to target some stripping stags in

Luke Romano Continuing the Adventure

Having grown up in Christchurch, Luke developed an affinity for hunting in the surrounding high country. On leaving school, he took a technical course and started a building apprenticeship. Luke really enjoyed learning the building trade and reckons he learnt the full gamut of construction from start to finish, including

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