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Thread: 6 Months in the middle (photo heavy)

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    6 Months in the middle (photo heavy)

    I moved down to Central Otago (Cromwell) in early Feb following an opportunity with the company Iíd been working for in Christchurch. The first port of call was to find a few spots to go looking for game and fish. The goal was set to secure a representative otago red and fallow while also hoping to connect with a decent chamois or tahr. (I donít ask for much do I!!) First up I headed up the Ahuriri and found a few animals but they were very patchy in the area I was, it was still a great introduction to the real open country hunting down here over the following months I hunted areas from the Eyre mountains right up to Paringa with pretty patchy success. Infact just finding animals seemed to be tricky, let alone getting the drop on them. Iím a firm believer that you make your own luck though, time in the hills is all it takes.

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    Eventually that mindset paid off and in some Public land close (ish) to home I found some good numbers of reds out in the open country. At this point I didnít have a freezer so I picked up the camera and clicked away, It was quite interesting watching the way that deer behave when there is zero trees or scrub around. I spooked a wee family group and the way they used the folds in the land to hide was a real eye opener. I quickly realized that changing angles while glassing was the name of the game.

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    Then the roar rolled around and the areas I had been visiting were getting pretty crowded so with the waiho bridge washed out on the coast I gamble on the idea that less people would be inclined to drive the long way around to hunt the open blocks. So I turned up at an unknown block in south westland and had a great time in the west coast jungle pitting my skills against those crafty bush stags. Eventually managing to seal the deal on a young malformed stag after 5 hours of sneaking around after him. He may not of been the representative otago red I was after but man it was a lot of fun chasing him and heís a stag I hold highly.

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    A few more fruitless hunts in river valleys around the Haast pass followed but itís bloody great country to walk around in, even if youíre just bird watching. Then last weekend I decided to head up Timaru river to try find a yearling for the table. It was quite neat to see all the spawning rainbows still doing there thing on the walk in. Birdlife seemed pretty good in the area and there was enough fresh deer sign to keep you interested. I picked up a few deer sunning themselves in the early morning light before spotting a decent looking bull Tahr exactly where I didnít expect to see one. Having only ever dropped the hammer on one bull before I snuck in close with the wee bush pig 308 and had one last look before deciding he look good. At 11 ĹĒ heís no big fulla but heís my best Tahr to date so I was stoked.

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    Been a lot of fun to date exploring some of what the area has to offer, it surely is an outdoorsmanís paradise and Iím sure I havenít seen the best of it yet.

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    Mighty Manawatu
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    A trophy moggie too.

    I Have Sexdaily. I mean Dyslexia! Fcuk!

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    Bro enjoyed that write up! Some awesome adventures well done

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    Well done, youv'e covered a fair amount of country! Nice animals, the stag would have been awesome after chasing him around for 5 hours.

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    Canterbury, home of the big Rakaia Red Stag
    Great read and pix, thanks for posting.

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    Hey great work, you're making the most of your move and your life! I love pics of dead cats, so thanks for that.

    What is the rifle set up?
    "The generalist hunter and angler is a well-fed mofo" - Steven Rinella

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    Awesome stuff, those live animal photos are trophies in of themselves
    More meplat, more better.

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    Good on ya mate!

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    Now this is exactly why I love this forum!
    Somebody else living my dream!
    davhope, Boaraxa and rewa like this.

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    Jafa land
    Looks like awesome country. Pity my work doesn't have a Southland branch for easy transition ha

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    That's either a dinky .308 or a jumbo sized cat.
    rewa and RUMPY like this.

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    Member deer243's Avatar
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    Awesome, well done. great hunting there

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    The Hill

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    Putting in the yards, good on ya. Your lucky to have so many options on your door step. Enjoy



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