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    First Tahr.

    Well after a couple of not so successful trips I finally got my first Tahr.

    After waking up late to a light covering of snow on the bonnet of my 4x4, I decided on a drive down the valley with the binoculars to see if I could spot any animal activity.

    After a couple of KM's I saw a vehicle parked up with a spotting scope so thought I'd head over and say hello.
    The guy in the truck explained he was watching his son on a guided hunt on the opposite side of the river...they had spotted a big bull and a nanny and were currently in pursuit.
    I said goodbye but out of curiosity decided to park further down the track to have a look.
    After a bit of searching I spotted the two of them and could tell they were close by the way they were stalking and their focus on one spot, but I couldn't see the animals.

    After a couple of minutes I suddenly caught some movement and saw a large bull with a big head making his get away. And with the sound of a distant bang watched him head into the top of the bush line unscathed but somewhat wiser!

    Having watched this and taken note of the altitude and type of country they were in, I decided to head up the opposite side of the valley to see what I could find and leave them well alone to try and improve their luck.

    Up I headed until I was high above the bush line and having reached a good vantage point I sat down to have a scan and see what was about.
    It was about 2pm, so I didn't expect to see much movement for a couple of hours.

    Looking back down below me at a patch of bush, I was just thinking how good it looked when I spotted some movement and what I first thought was a sheep about 300m below and maybe 500m to my right...after steadying the binoculars I was somewhat surprised when I realised 'that ain't no sheep'!
    This was soon followed by the sighting of another 3 animals and after a quick plan of my route I was heading down and across to close the gap and try for a shot.

    After a difficult scramble down and across the slope I finally came out of a gulley to my planned vantage point.

    I could clearly see four bulls and choosing the one with the best head I settled the crosshairs of the .270 on the top of his heart and squeezed...Boom!
    The bull leapt forward and I knew the shot was good, he took several bounds down towards the top of the bush and I watched as he tumbled out of sight...even from 250 meters I could see plenty of blood and knew he was done.

    It took me over an hour to cover the 250m to where he lay in the top of the trees, just meters from where I had seen him disappear.
    I had left my iphone in the truck by accident so don't have any pictures of the hunt...sods law that the one time I forget it I had probably my most memorable hunt to date.
    Even 2 weeks later I think the smile is still on my face though! :-)

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    Very cool mate. Well done.

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    Awesome!!!!!

    Hey out of curiosity, when you keep the head, how do you get all the brains out?
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    First Tahr.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    Awesome!!!!!

    Hey out of curiosity, when you keep the head, how do you get all the brains out?
    Make it do a courier driver course ?

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    First Tahr.

    That's a good question Dougie...I just poke a bit of wire through the ear and they come out through the nose straight onto my cornflakes...😁

    I'm not entirely sure, I don't know a lot about taxidermy but I think they skin the head, remove the horns and replace the skull with a foam replica. The heads in the freezer at the moment.

    He wasn't huge at 8.5 inches even...But for me he's certainly a trophy!

    Can anyone on here recommend a good taxidermist near ChCh and do you have any idea of the cost of a head mount?

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    Congrats, doesn't matter on size as long as you are happy with it. Also since its not huge it gives you a goal to aim for a bigger one now.
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    Nice work well done

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    First Tahr.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    Congrats, doesn't matter on size as long as you are happy with it. Also since its not huge it gives you a goal to aim for a bigger one now.
    Your right Toby, and now knowing where a bigger one lives (if he's still there) I'm already planning my next trip! :-)

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    Good luck when you go. My first stag was a nice but small 5 pointer, I was happy then sad it was small but got told, most stags from now on will be bigger and make your new personal best.
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    Well done Matt. Excellent result.
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    Congratulations

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    Well done :-)

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    Nice one Matt. Sounds like an awesome day out. Nice shooting.

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    nice to see they are still in winter colours.

    Once you spot the first one, they all then start comeing out of the wood work.

    I hope you took the meat too, It is bloody good

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    First Tahr.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill999 View Post
    nice to see they are still in winter colours.

    Once you spot the first one, they all then start comeing out of the wood work.

    I hope you took the meat too, It is bloody good
    Yep, took the meat...it is good!
    Had some in a stew and looking forward to trying the fillets on the BBQ.

    As you said, after spotting the first animal, the others start to stand out too.

 

 

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