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Thread: Ruahine Tops Monday Week - Anyone Keen?

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    Ruahine Tops Monday Week - Anyone Keen?

    Hey Guys and Gals,

    I am thinking of heading into the Ruahine tops for a few nights from Monday week (11th). I have never hunted the tops before and have a grand total of 6hrs experience in the Ruahines bush.
    I'm thinking I will spend 3-4 nights up there and explore some new country. If there are deer around then all the better.
    Looking at Google Earth and the DoC website I am thinking I will start off at Rangiwahia Hut and Deadman's Loop area. I have a Huntech 2 man Biv and a one man tent (will probably take the tent if I don't have any mates).
    Any info on what the hunting is like up there of if I may be better served somewhere elsewould be greatly appreciated (I don't mind walking a bit further to get away from the masses). If anyone wants to tag along for some or all of it then I would welcome the company.

    Cheers,
    Adam
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    I start back at work that day so good skills for the trip. You will be in Brads territory.
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    Go the other way around. Start at Deadmans'. You will be into hunting quicker.

    Camp at the first tarns you come across. Get up early in the morning.
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    Thanks for the advice. Had to google the definition of tarns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkus View Post
    Thanks for the advice. Had to google the definition of tarns.
    Thats cool. Be on the edge of the big gully to the east on first light. 300 odd yards from the tarns (s).Glass (looking through your binos) for at least an hour or more. You will see where you can go to change the angles and the area you are glassing. Then start moving up hill glassing down into the creek and its head waters until the high point, and continue along the main ridge , now glasssing down towards the main river. Drop down on the river side a bit, but not too much and work your way around to the Rangi hut junction. You will sort it. Take your time. Keep off the ridge tops and look until your eyes hang out. There are plenty of good areas up there that you will suss, but thats a basic guide.

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    Awesome info, cheers!
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    Will you have a UHF radio on you? Channel 4 usually works well after a shot has been fired...

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    Or is it channel 5??

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    In joke? No I don't have a radio but could get one if I need it to hang out with the cool kids.
    Just bought binos, rangefinder and 4-16× scope. Hopefully it all shows up and I can get zeroed in time. Might have to stop in at the taupo range on the way down.

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    I have spare radios, I'll bring one for you. What type of scope/rifle?

    It's not too different from spear fishing...

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    I have a Sako 75 chambered in 7mm-08. Currently has a Bushnell Elite 4200 3-9X40 on it but I am waiting patiently for my Vortex Viper HS 4-16 X 44 to arrive in the mail from @Nickoli. Got a bit to get sorted before I can use it though - Need to track down some 30mm rings and have a play before I can take it up the hill.

    Still trying to draw comparisons with spearfishing. Struggling. A lot less swimming involved with this hunting caper.
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    Been doing ok on the spearfishing of late though...
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    Nice fish
    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!
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    Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
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    Unlike deer you don't need to hold close to camera to make it look big............kidding, nice fush

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    All good. Just remember there's Red Moki in the Ruahines...
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