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    Thoughts on hunting guide books?

    Hey gents!
    Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on how useful a guidebook will be? I'm thinking about buying the spot x hunting guide as I'm new to hunting the bay of plenty/Waikato area. Guidebooks really helped when I learned to hunt in Hawaii, how useful are they in NZ? Any suggestions on a better book?

    Also, are their hunting clubs in the Tauranga area I could join? Cheers for any suggestions!


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    There's plenty of free info on the DOC site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outdoorlad View Post
    There's plenty of free info on the DOC site.
    I've been to the doc site and they have good info on regs and species in certain areas but I'm looking for info like access roads, paths/trails, seasonal tactics, and maybe best of all, topo maps. Nice to have it all in one resource. Curious about people's opinions on this book or any others?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    @Gibo let this fellah buy you a beer and then take him out and show him how to walk a circle in the dark. Ha ha ha ha couldn't resist.
    I like the beer part! the walk in the dark sounds better if we're not armed...ha


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    There is an NZDA in Tauranga, may be worth getting in touch with them.

    Doc has online topo maps on their website, they are pretty good to use, shows tracks and huts etc...

    SpotX book is a good start, cheap enough.

    Most north island guides work on private land. Very expensive option, but results are high percentage. It's like hiring a hooker to lose your virginity...Yes you'll get what your after, but results may vary depending on how much you're willing to pay...

    The kaimais + a gps on any road end between katikati and tauranga should get you onto deer sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimjon View Post
    There is an NZDA in Tauranga, may be worth getting in touch with them.

    Doc has online topo maps on their website, they are pretty good to use, shows tracks and huts etc...

    SpotX book is a good start, cheap enough.

    Most north island guides work on private land. Very expensive option, but results are high percentage. It's like hiring a hooker to lose your virginity...Yes you'll get what your after, but results may vary depending on how much you're willing to pay...

    The kaimais + a gps on any road end between katikati and tauranga should get you onto deer sign.

    Kj
    Cheers mate! Exactly the kind of info I'm looking for! Appreciate it!


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    Soulosurfer What did you hunt in Hawaii?
    Got any pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow View Post
    Soulosurfer What did you hunt in Hawaii?
    Got any pics?
    I'm not a big pose and click guy.... I've got few with me in them but I don't like to put em on the internet.
    Here's a selection of the kind of variety in in Hawaii.



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    None of the pics are great, I take em with my iPhone.
    We like to trap pigs too!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow View Post
    Soulosurfer What did you hunt in Hawaii?
    Got any pics?
    If you want Hawaii hunting info, I got ur hookup. Tons of local Braddahs willing to go out with you.
    There is amazing variety. Wild delicious Pigs, rio grande turkeys, two types of deer (different islands have axis or blacktails ) feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon sheep (best meat around except elk) several pheasant types, many many types of upland game birds! And very hush hush but there's even places that wild cow can be hunted through the right channels. Crazy dangerous wild bulls but super fun and a great reward!


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    I'm a meat hunter so I don't have too many photos or trophies at home, just love the outdoors and prefer not buy meats from a market if I can keep the freezer full.


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    Your local library probably has a copy of Spot X.
    I borrowed it and decided not to buy it in the end.

    Printable topo maps available free here: New Zealand Topographic Map - NZ Topo Map

    As the others have said the DOC website is quite helpful.

    If you're going to buy any books look at Red Deer in New Zealand & Stalking through the Season by Lentle and Saxton.
    Might be in the Library too so you can try before you buy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Arrow View Post
    Your local library probably has a copy of Spot X.
    I borrowed it and decided not to buy it in the end.

    Printable topo maps available free here: New Zealand Topographic Map - NZ Topo Map

    As the other have said the DOC website is quite helpful.

    If you're going to buy a books look at Red Deer in New Zealand & Stalking through the Season by Lentle and Saxton.
    Might be in the Library too so you can try before you buy
    Super good info mate! I wouldn't have though of the public library, brilliant!


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