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    Sighting in rifle at St Arnaud

    Found a spot at Teetotal flat today.
    You need a St Arnaud DOC permit... free
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    excellent 100m range
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    Even met some of the south islanders

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    Thanks for the tip!

    Iím not far from there so will have to check it out


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    Thatís me on the front right with the eyes of a serial killer


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    Quote Originally Posted by turtle View Post
    Found a spot at Teetotal flat today.
    You need a St Arnaud DOC permit... free
    allows centrefire

    excellent 100m range
    sorry about pic size. Editing is beyond me

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    Even met some of the south islanders

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    Hmm. Interesting as DOC told me that the range was for .22 only.
    Strange place to have a rifle sighting area in my opinion
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    Quote Originally Posted by HOO View Post
    That’s me on the front right with the eyes of a serial killer


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    That irks me a little as doc told me that there's no ,22 hunting permits or area's anywhere in the Nelson/Tasman region .....
    And I asked several different doc offices in the region , including there , unless that's a very new area been opened .
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    Putting it on here is a sure way of getting it closed down.
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    @Ftx325 that is not a new area for small game permits. Been getting them myself on and off over the last 10 yrs. Pretty gun shy rabbits though.
    That range is well known and we'll used, also fairly tidy. Well it was last time I used it over summer. On all the MTB trails and walking brochures it is marked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 300wsm for life View Post
    @Ftx325 that is not a new area for small game permits. Been getting them myself on and off over the last 10 yrs. Pretty gun shy rabbits though.
    That range is well known and we'll used, also fairly tidy. Well it was last time I used it over summer. On all the MTB trails and walking brochures it is marked.
    Is that range just up the road from the ice ponds , on the right hand side heading south , through the gate ?
    If so I have used the range before , but haven't used it often as there were families on their pushbikes constantly riding through and around the the back of the berm/rocky outcrop used as a backstop and I wasn't comfortable with that situation .
    In fact , if it is where I think it is , I took my last animal with my AR there , before the great nz gun robbery , ahem - I mean buyback. A bloody great sow who , as we were packing up , was kind enough to walk right past the target area just as the sun was going down . Most thoughtful of her I reckoned , and not being one to look a gift horse (or pig) in the mouth she ended up in our freezer .....
    But again , was told no .22 hunting permits are issued anywhere in the nelson region at all .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Putting it on here is a sure way of getting it closed down.
    Why ? I found marked on the map of the of the Teetotal area, DOC display board by the ice rink . Marked as a rifle sighting area. Never new it was there and pass thru often.
    Thought it was good to get it out there for hunters travelling down to the West coast.
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    The DoC sighting in area (it is not referred to as a range as that requires all sorts of compliance) is smack in the middle of the MTB tracks and only about 50m off the main access road. Because it is in the Tee Total "Recreation" Area there are a lot of different users of the place. MTBers, dog walkers, forestry operations, ice skaters and people just having a nosey. Anyone can go through there and they may not necessarily know the sighting in area is even there until they come across it. It will take very little to see it closed for good. One sensitive tourist that gets frightened by a gunshot and complains to DoC and that will probably be it. Unfortunately, the more people that know about it, especially those traveling from out of town, the greater the likelihood of some idiot doing something stupid down there (like shooting a MTB sign) and the place being closed which would be a real shame. I have used it quite a bit and if used with common sense and courtesy (times when there is unlikely to be many people down there) it is not a problem or threat to anyone. For the sake of it remaining open I would suggest it is left to rimfires and plinking with the kids, not sighting in your 300 magnum.
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    Fair comment sort of agree. Felt good to be able to do a zero without feeling I was doing something dodgy. Starting to feel paranoid with a rifle in a public area nowdays. Was actualy surprised we were able to do it with DOC's approval.
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    Being under an hour from home Iíd use it with approval but Iíll use it early on a weekday morning to avoid people I think. I donít have anywhere local where I can zero in a rifle so obviously Iíll take care and read the situation when I get there. Probably go for a recon mission first To check it out


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    Quote Originally Posted by turtle View Post
    Fair comment sort of agree. Felt good to be able to do a zero without feeling I was doing something dodgy. Starting to feel paranoid with a rifle in a public area nowdays. Was actualy surprised we were able to do it with DOC's approval.
    I am not trying to be the rifle police here. Just explaining the situation and see it as a bit fragile. I would be disappointed to see the current relationship broken.
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