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Thread: Hunting trip - 1st Feb

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    Hunting trip - 1st Feb

    Saturday 1 of Feb, planned to take a walk in the Rimutakas with a friend who was keen. Was not a usual trip which I

    normally have as we left home at around 8.30am. Offcourse not a good timing as far as I have learnt about hunting

    goats. I knew by the time we would actually reach the hunting location, sun would be quite up and all the animals

    would be high up the step slopes.

    Once at the hunting location, sure as said I spotted a mob of 10 billies on a very step terrain. Didnt take the shot

    offcourse as even if luck would get the bullet through, no way would we be able to retrieve it. Just kept watching how

    they grazed and moved about. I noticed that the mob had a leader who keeps watch and the group follows it around. We

    spent an hour atleast watching before moving on to do some bush bashing on the lower slopes when it was quite hot

    and the mob we were watching had taken cover.

    We just hiked the tracks and looked at possible gullies with signs to no avail. The signs were fresh and I knew it was

    the track they must have taken early in the morning. We had lunch break and had a good rest. We were waiting for the

    late afternoon so that it would get bit cooler and possibly the animals would start coming back down.

    It was around 5.30pm now and I was almost certain that it was indeed a bad day. That all because I was lazy to rise early

    in the morning. We were just about to start our way back when a very close call got me on my toes and built excitement

    out of the already tiring day we had.

    One call and than all silent as before. I let out a imitating call and waited, gave another low call and waited again. I just

    wanted it to call once so that I could actually figure out its direction. The first call it made was a surprise and I couldnt

    make out where it came from.

    tick tock tick tock and there it was. A loud close call. I figured it must be atleast in the range of 50 - 70m. I started up

    a small track in the direction that the call had come from leting out slow calls myself just to get it in sight. Just as I

    passed a patch of bush, i spotted it standing on a clear spot right on the top of the slop i was under. It had also spotted

    me so I stood where I was and raised my rifle. Without wasting much of time to let it get away, with a bang rang the

    6.55x55. I had dropped the burger with a free hand shot.

    Down the slope it came rolling. The funny thing was my mate was faster in getting to me from where I took the shot

    than billy that was sliding down the slope. This is coz this was my mates first hunting trip and he was much more

    interested in getting some fresh meat to impress the missus for permission to come on the next trip.. LOL

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    Almost literate. veitnamcam's Avatar
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    Well done
    "Hunting and fishing" fucking over licenced firearms owners since ages ago.

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    Nice going
    Fresh water will make the meat go off quicker. Save that till you are home and breaking it down. I find warm salted water and a tea towel good for wiping down to remove blood and hair.
    If you want to get more than one in a mob to take home, shoot the leader (as you identified) then 1 or 2 of the younger ones until you have the amount of meat you require or can carry
    veitnamcam, R93, Munsey and 2 others like this.

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    Nor West of Auckland on the true right of the Kaipara River
    Well done Initiaz.
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    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
    Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
    Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
    Rule 5: Check your firing zone
    Rule 6: Store firearms and ammunition safely
    Rule 7: Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms

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    Nice work bro !!
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    Member JayColli's Avatar
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    Great job! I loved hunting the Rimutakas for goats when I lived in Welly; some spots off the coast just seem to be filthy with them!

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    Nelson, New Zealand
    great trip, well done

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    Member sometimes's Avatar
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    good stuff

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    Good job. Looks like a good little eater

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    Your getting to be quite the slayer bro
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