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    Rakiura

    Spent 6 nights on Stewart Island in March. Went to a less popular block on the NW circuit.

    All the typical info and approaches that people suggest did us well. Between the 4 of us we saw 8 Whitetail and shot 6.

    Coastal. Lower altitude. FFS go slower than you've ever gone and sit, sit, sit and wait. You're not going to stalk them in all that crown fern unless you're a ghost...which is what they are.

    One little bugger followed my trail into a know I was sitting and watching. Looked over my sholder and it was 3m away eating some lichen off a tree. Spun slowly and boom. It became dinner.

    Another wee thing popped up 2m in front of my while I was sitting admiring the scenery. Fair to say my heart was in my mouth and it got away.

    Magic spot, needless to say. Get in there and do your bit to get the herd down. One doe we shot was skinny as.

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    Nice. Good work.

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    Sounds like a great trip in a major spot, well done
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    Great place to make some awesome memories.

    a pity you felt the need to shoot 6 animals though.
    The island is getting hammered and if we’re not careful we will end up losing this precious resource.
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    Sure did Elrond. With pleasure too. The block had no hunters for 10 weeks prior to us and none for at least a month after. They had their time. And like I say - they were not in good condition indicating overpopulation.

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    To be fair mind you - if I had a freezer with Venison at the time I wouldn't of. I'm not about killing for the hell of it. Family is still enjoying the salami.

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    ballpark figure on cost from bluff to island block n back please....

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    We flew heli. It was $800pp return for 4 of us. Max load was 600kg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    ballpark figure on cost from bluff to island block n back please....
    All depends which block, ones up Paterson's inlet its the ferry trip $150 return (or there abouts) and maybe $30 for the watertaxi put to the block.

    Another way for lany is to fly direct from invercargill, tjeu can land on masons bay, doughboy, west ruggedy and smokey beach's. Planes are either little Cherokee with 3 passengers or the islander with 9
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    The $30 water taxi is going off the $25 return to ulva (will obviously depend on numbers of people/ gear / operator chosen and their other trips that are running. blocks at the head on the inlet (freshwater, phreds camp, rakiahua) will obviously be more.

    Think they will go as far as yankee river if it is nice weather... nothing stopping a front coming through and they can't get us for a few days!
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    looked it up online and seems the watertaxi is a good service at reasonable price..130ish per head return and 50 a tub of gear 2 cubic meters minimum 3 people and maximum 2 tubs...dingy hire could be deal breaker as $45 per day for out board adds up...might just bring my own all the way down the road....

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    If bringing your own boat look into the other big boat operators as well...

 

 

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