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Thread: Hunting on a remote tropical island and live volcano

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    Hunting on a remote tropical island and live volcano

    Happy 2018 hunters. I haven't posted in a while and thought my last hunt might get some eyes wide open.

    I was camping on one of Vanuatu's remote outer islands over New Years with some friends and we'd gone to hike up the island's two active volcanic cones. Both cones have football field sized lava lakes churning away and we thought we'd make it a NY worth remembering.

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    We camped on the edge of the jungle and ash plane / caldera for three nights. The the first two days we did trips to the two active volcanoes.

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    We trekked up towards the formidable mountains

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    Across endless miles of ash, ground scoria, and glass needles ejected by the volcanoes.

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    Our efforts were rewarded at the summit with incredible lava views. This was taken with my drone:

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    By day three I'd had enough of tipping ash out of my boots and hit up two of our guides for a hunt. I'd heard there were wild boar in the thick jungle and they had a pack of dogs from the village and machetes so we had all we needed.

    We walked out to the ash dunes and skirted around the edge of the jungle until we found a good place to enter far enough from camp.

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    The boys nattered to themselves in Bislama (Pigin English), it was slow going waiting in the sun for some of the slow or over enthusiastic dogs to catch up. The boys carved their initials into stuff with their machetes. Every village man in Vanuatu has a machete. Some have smartphones, but everyone has a machete or 'bush knife' as they call them. A different style to our short, wide and curved machetes.

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    They told me they got a pig nearby a few weeks ago, the dogs bailing it in a washed out rut in the ash a bit larger than where the boys are walking.

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    The going gets tougher. Not that you can tell from the pictures but it was 100 degrees and humid as hell.

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    We bush bashed for an hour or so and one of the boys took the dogs ahead. I heard barking and squealing from over a ridge and sprang to action. I ran physically as fast as I could, first up the hill through thick ground layers of slippery palm fronds, then down through thickets of giant ferns towering over my head. In the few minutes it took me to get to the scene I forgot all about snakes, spiders, ticks and leeches. Probably the best rush I've ever had. I was totally drenched from the sweat and humidity when I arrived. The boar escaped and ran past me just as I arrived, but the dogs were too quick and too many and bailed it again a minute later.

    I grabbed a machete and stuck it. It was hard work with the blunt machete and I was already exhausted.

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    The boys dressed and carried it out as I went ahead and slashed a path through giant ferns, palms, and things that looked like they'd just grow right back that day.

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    Back at camp the other guides roasted it on sticks over the fire and we cleaned up and rested until it was ready... And it tasted amazing, smoked and roasted.

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    This was my first hunt without a firearm and easily the most memorable. Not a bad way to finish my holiday!
    Thanks to the Playstation we have the outdoors to ourselves!

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    You nutter! It's f@#$n hot over there! We hunt in niue on dusk when the see breeze is still blowing but the sun cools down, Good job mate

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    Brilliant mate, im going to 'try' to repeat that one day....a live volcano visit is on my bucket list........
    While I might not be as good as I once was, Im as good once as I ever was!

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    Wow what a great post. Fantastic.
    Put the keyboard down. Now kick it over here.

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    Awesome write up an pics!

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    fantastic, what an experience.

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    Thanks for that , wonderful.
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    Thank you for sharing that, walking on some of the newest real estate on earth must be something special.

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    Bloody great stuff, but I think you did it the wrong way around, get pig first then up to hot lava, lower pig in, instant roasting!
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    A very cool report and pics, obviously very different from what we normally see, thanks heaps for sharing.

    Are pigs the only game animal there?

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    No problem! Very happy to share this awesome experience. I've hunted a lot in NZ but this was really something else...

    The locals said feral goats and cattle also roam parts of the island. A Kiwi farmer set up in the 60s and abandoned it for whatever reason and the livestock escaped, or so the story goes. I wouldn't be surprised if the pigs were there since Cook who anchored in 1774 and named one of the volcanic cones Mt Benbow.
    Thanks to the Playstation we have the outdoors to ourselves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brodster View Post
    No problem! Very happy to share this awesome experience. I've hunted a lot in NZ but this was really something else...

    The locals said feral goats and cattle also roam parts of the island. A Kiwi farmer set up in the 60s and abandoned it for whatever reason and the livestock escaped, or so the story goes. I wouldn't be surprised if the pigs were there since Cook who anchored in 1774 and named one of the volcanic cones Mt Benbow.
    They definitely have deer over there too, might just be on some islands? But have friends over there and they mentioned they had some, not in high numbers though from what i was told.

 

 

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