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Thread: hunting this time of year, kawekas, ruahines, aorangis or wapiakahi?

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    hunting this time of year, kawekas, ruahines, aorangis or wapiakahi?

    Hey all, Im planning on heading out for a hunt a 3 weeks, Being winter, Im assuming animals will be mainly down low where there is green growth, so I should avoid the high tops,
    Also, Is it good to be out in the open watching slips in the sun morning and night, or better to go bush ?

    Where would be a rewarding hut at this time of year to stay at? Sure I know i must do the Mahi.

    Am thinking Longview hut or stanfield hut in the south eastern ruahines.
    Mohaku saddle hut in the southern kawekas.
    Alice Nash Memorial heritage hut in the south western ruahines
    Or Right down lower Wairarapa into the aorangi.

    Sure the weather will play a huge part in where I will be going, but putting the weather side where would you go at this time of year.

    thanks all, Trying to learn more and more!

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    Have had success on the sunny slips in the mornings recently.

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    thanks mate, am guessing your meaning the ruahines being from the manawatu ? south west i presume ?

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    Yes and you did mention a certain hut
    Hard recoveries though

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    South east sorry

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    Stay low where spring flush starts, top h7nting no good until late nov

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    I don't know about all the places mentioned but red stags were at 250 metres ASL on cold southern face yesterday morning in the Kaimai's, one is now in an even colder place, butchers chiller.
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    do you want to hunt bush or slips, That will narrow your search down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HNTMAD View Post
    do you want to hunt bush or slips, That will narrow your search down.
    He wants to hunt where the deer are most likely to be....
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigc View Post
    He wants to hunt where the deer are most likely to be....
    Best he try Wainui and Stokes valley then at this time of year

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    Now now boys. Ha ha.In all seriousness though. September is one of the hardest months to hunt. Think winter still unless you are hunting coastal farm country. If you are an open country hunter then glass sunny slips and scrub regen faces as noted. If a bush hobbit hunt as per winter. Too easy. Plenty deer in all areas mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidGunn View Post
    I don't know about all the places mentioned but red stags were at 250 metres ASL on cold southern face yesterday morning in the Kaimai's, one is now in an even colder place, butchers chiller.
    Hey @DavidGunn how was the animals condition?
    I found most at this time to be skinny depending on where I got them. Those that came out on the farms seemed in better health. Well till they meet me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow View Post
    Hey @DavidGunn how was the animals condition?
    I found most at this time to be skinny depending on where I got them. Those that came out on the farms seemed in better health. Well till they meet me
    Definitely not skinny, but not an ounce of fat on it...I reckon another month would be ideal.

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    There's a few skinny deer around at the moment.
    @craigc shot this with me last week and you can see how thin it was. Quite an old buck though so he was obviously struggling getting condition back on post roar. The Reds are only just holding their own at the moment too.

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    In terms of finding deer at the moment they are where the sun is. They herd a bit so if you can find where they are there will likely be more than one. Warmth seems to be more important than feed because they don't move around very much - conserving energy. For them, it will be a few weeks yet before they think it's spring. Daffodils mean nothing to deer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    There's a few skinny deer around at the moment.
    @craigc shot this with me last week and you can see how thin it was. Quite an old buck though so he was obviously struggling getting condition back on post roar. The Reds are only just holding their own at the moment too.

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    In terms of finding deer at the moment they are where the sun is. They herd a bit so if you can find where they are there will likely be more than one. Warmth seems to be more important than feed because they don't move around very much - conserving energy. For them, it will be a few weeks yet before they think it's spring. Daffodils mean nothing to deer.
    And yet I shot a red hind the other day and she was mud fat. Maybe she is eating first and not leaving anything for the rest.... and all 9 fallow we shot last week were in gd condition.

    Spring is starting to show in the native as the jelly ferns are sprouting....well at leatbthenone I saw in the Kaimanawa last weekend were

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