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    sturg4
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    RUSHY HOW DID YOU GET ON.

    I bin waiting man for you to come on here an tell us how your trip went.

    I am sure I saw one of your posts on here tonight so you must be around here somewhere ..or are you already tucked up in your bed.

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    Scribe I was pretty much in the land of nod when you put this thread up and I hadn't written anything up yesterday as I was a bit busy in my day job and thought that Mohawk660 might have posted something as I saw him taking a photo at one stage.

    We had great weather with a blue dome day both Friday and Saturday but we came home without any meat for the table. On Friday afternoon after we had set up camp at the end of the track, we walked for about an hour down another forestry track and never saw any sign by way of prints, scat or browse in the entire length of it. On reaching the end of the track we headed west into the bush and toward a small clearing that often has sign, stopping off at an old wallow by a small water course on the way.

    There was some reasonably fresh prints of what looked to be a single large animal in the mud by the wallow so we crept down toward the clearing to discover more scuff marks and some scat that appeared to be from that morning. As the day was getting long we decided to head back to camp with a plan to come back in the morning.
    ThE next morning saw us back at the spot cutting the prints where the deer had gone from the clearing back up toward the ridge line. We tracked up the ridge for a while looking into all of the sunny north facing areas but never caught up with the animal so I suggested to Mohawk660 that we head south much deeper in toward a larger clearing just of a little plateau where a deer had been taken a couple of trips back.

    On getting there there was a great deal more recent sign and while a very good looking shadow was stalked for a while we still never had any eyes on an animal. There came a point where a mutual decision to head back and crank up the fire. We dined that night on chicken, potatoes, kumara, pumpkin, carrots and broccoli with lashings of gravy all done in the camp oven over the fire that was honking along. A few beers were downed as was a bottle of port so we went to bed weary but happy.

    Good company, good times, good trip, no deer.
    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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    sturg4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    Scribe I was pretty much in the land of nod when you put this thread up and I hadn't written anything up yesterday as I was a bit busy in my day job and thought that Mohawk660 might have posted something as I saw him taking a photo at one stage.

    We had great weather with a blue dome day both Friday and Saturday but we came home without any meat for the table. On Friday afternoon after we had set up camp at the end of the track, we walked for about an hour down another forestry track and never saw any sign by way of prints, scat or browse in the entire length of it. On reaching the end of the track we headed west into the bush and toward a small clearing that often has sign, stopping off at an old wallow by a small water course on the way.

    There was some reasonably fresh prints of what looked to be a single large animal in the mud by the wallow so we crept down toward the clearing to discover more scuff marks and some scat that appeared to be from that morning. As the day was getting long we decided to head back to camp with a plan to come back in the morning.
    ThE next morning saw us back at the spot cutting the prints where the deer had gone from the clearing back up toward the ridge line. We tracked up the ridge for a while looking into all of the sunny north facing areas but never caught up with the animal so I suggested to Mohawk660 that we head south much deeper in toward a larger clearing just of a little plateau where a deer had been taken a couple of trips back.

    On getting there there was a great deal more recent sign and while a very good looking shadow was stalked for a while we still never had any eyes on an animal. There came a point where a mutual decision to head back and crank up the fire. We dined that night on chicken, potatoes, kumara, pumpkin, carrots and broccoli with lashings of gravy all done in the camp oven over the fire that was honking along. A few beers were downed as was a bottle of port so we went to bed weary but happy.

    Good company, good times, good trip, no deer.
    Never mind thats winter hunting for you. September the place will liven up. We were hard pushed to even get enough deer at this time if the year to feed the track cutters and tree planting crews.

    A good walk, a good fire, and good company thats what you need.

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    Yes agree. Mohawk600 is a good bloke and we solved the problems of the world together around the camp fire. Hopefully he will add in a picture. I trust you have recovered from the lurgy.
    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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    sturg4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    Yes agree. Mohawk600 is a good bloke and we solved the problems of the world together around the camp fire. Hopefully he will add in a picture. I trust you have recovered from the lurgy.
    Buggar me I have been sadly weakened for a week or more now...Still not quite over it and barking like an old hind at night.

    What I keep telling the Wife, is its a man flue and most others would not have fought it off with so little complaining as I have done.

 

 

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