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    Smoky Hunting Block - Stewart Island

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    Heading to Smoky Beach in a couple of months for a 10day Hunting mission with the lads, can't wait!
    This will be our first time to Smoky beach aswell as Stewart Island.

    Tried doing abit of research on other hunters who have hunted there (Smoky) before but couldn't find too much.

    Is their anyone on here that could help us out and give some inside knowledge (Smoky or Stewart Island) tips and tricks or what they would do better for their next trip?

    Cheers

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    Good spot in there, seen some good bucks around east smokey beach.

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    Hi, Have had a few trips down a while back, mainly Christmas village, bungare hut and lucky beach area. Tricky little buggers, if you see one run off wait for a bit, they sometimes sneak back to see what you are. The fishing and diving's good and take some salt and pepper, they have a nice skin, and pepper keeps the flies off your meat, sometimes, I found smoking works better. Camo gear works and it`s just good to be down there, have fun Cheers.

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    Sit and wait seems to be the way to go. Find an open patch with the wind in your face and wait for dusk

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    Quote Originally Posted by 223nut View Post
    Sit and wait seems to be the way to go. Find an open patch with the wind in your face and wait for dusk
    That's the way of it.
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    I hunted North Tikotatahi December last year. I took a bunch of photos of the hut and all the gear in it because if found little info on what would be there and what I needed to take. Always meant to post them on here so others could be more prepared. I took a small transistor radio and it picked up most stations. We could listen to TV3 news each night at 6 if we weren't away hunting. I shot a yearling but the highlight of the trip for me was seeing a tiny fawn bedded down on the edge of a clearing. It watched us for about a minute then legged it before the iPhone would turn on to take a photo. One thing that surprised me was the lack of birds. In southland bush you can hardly hear yourself think over all the bird noise but it was real silent down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allister View Post
    One thing that surprised me was the lack of birds. In southland bush you can hardly hear yourself think over all the bird noise but it was real silent down there.
    Bit surprised by that. I sit up tree stand and will see Kakadu, tui, bellbird, fantail, parakeet and the odd grey warbler. Rats are bad this year so imagine numbers are down a bit but no stoats here. Could have been a lot of cats in the area

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    Quote Originally Posted by 223nut View Post
    Bit surprised by that. I sit up tree stand and will see Kakadu, tui, bellbird, fantail, parakeet and the odd grey warbler. Rats are bad this year so imagine numbers are down a bit but no stoats here. Could have been a lot of cats in the area
    We set the cat traps all week and got nothing. I saw a few fantails but the lack of bird noise was eerie. I did see a handful of kiwis which was good.

 

 

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