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    A brief report and a few pics

    Iím guilty of not posting any hunting stories and very few photos on this forum yet enjoy reading others reports so I thought it was about time I gave a little back. Itís a slow day at work so hereís a brief write up and a few photos covering the last few months of hunting.

    Starting with some post roar red deer and chamois hunting photos. Iíd seen a reasonable stag in the area pre-roar but ran out of time to put a move on him before I was due home. Iím certain he would have moved out of the area for the roar so when that was over I was keen to see if he would return to his highland home, assuming of course that he had survived. Unfortunately, I didnít catch up with him but managed to snap a few photos of Chamois and young Reds out and about including one dark buck that looked good, but I didnít shoot for fear of disturbing the stag should he be nearby.

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    This buck was a hard case prancing around as I asked him how his day was going. I eventually hit him with a rock from 25 yards before he decided to put some distance between us.

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    Fast forward a week or two and I was back looking for that stag. This trip was cold, really cold! Everything had an inch think layer of ice over it which made the river slow going and very hard to sit still for any length of time on the cold faces watching the warmer feeding areas. Again, I saw a few younger animals but not the stag I saw looking for.
    Turning for home on the last afternoon I found fresh stag tracks up a creek bed in the fresh snow. I followed them and eventually found the culprit, a young 10 that didnít stick around to have a picture taken. It was then that a dark shape caught the eye up high on a scrubby face. Closing the gap to within 300yards I could see it was the same buck from last trip. Not a bad one either at just over 9.5í

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    Hunting took a bit of a backseat over the next few weeks due to a badly sprained ankle which saw me out of action for 8 weeks. Time for some fishing.

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    In the last few weeks the ankle has finally healed well enough to get back into the hills and with Tahr very much in the Greens cross hairs in recent weeks Iíve been spending the last few weekends chasing them around. My wife and I eat a lot of Tahr meat and prefer it to venison, so the focus of the first trip was to replenish the freezer.

    For this trip I had Kevin, the Labrador, along for the walk into what was a new area for me. We didnít see a lot of animals but put that down to not knowing where to look and the fact the area was popular with tampers. Kevin eventually put me onto a Tahr at close quarters in a tight gut and of course I missed it with an offhand shot as it got of its feet from where she was bedded down! Later that day we found a nice campsite on a terrace out of the wind. Kevin, having recently been feed had commandeered my sleeping bag was snoring his head off while I cooked my own dinner when I spied three nannies moving down the opposite face toward the creek. I watched until they were almost in the creek before shooting the lead animal, reloading and dropping the next two cleanly. Id redeemed myself from the earlier piss poor performance and we had our meat.

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    Kevin very unimpressed after missing the shot!

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    Tahr and Fallow on the way home.

    The next weekend I got onto a fair few bulls all mobbed up. They didnít seem to be concerned about my presence. One for the pot.

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    Meat in the freezer and the pressure off I moved onto the next catchment. I watched this bull for quite some time and almost didnít shoot him thinking he wasnít old enough. He was with a group of 4 others on a scrub face. In the end I decided to take him and it was an easy 250 yard shot through the front shoulder as he stood up that sent him crashing into a tight matagouri gutter. Great.

    Unfortunately, I had to crawl in after him and couldnít drag him into a position to get a decent photo. Heís 12.5í on the short side but has very badly broken tips and 9.5í bases. Perhaps losing one and a half to two inches in length. Certainly, a character trophy!

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    Over the last 3 weekends Iíve seen close to 200 Tahr. They have mainly been mobbed up in areas where the spring growth has come away and generally very low which is to be expected at this time of the year. So, ladies and gentlemen go get them before someone else does!

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    What will this weekend bring?
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    That made the coffee go cold.well done,and the write up.
    Sako Rifles,Browning shotguns,Black Labs.There is nothing else

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    Love that close up photo of the chamois... beautiful.

    Thanks for the write up.

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    Great read and pics Hayden

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    Awesome stories bro!

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    Good shit, enjoyed that

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    Premo stories and pics.

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    Still running the 280 bro?

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    Cool report Hayden. Awesome to see you are coming across healthy animal numbers. What is your favorite way to prepare tahr?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Still running the 280 bro?
    Sure am. I also have a suppressed 7mm08 for shooting over the dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sambnz View Post
    Cool report Hayden. Awesome to see you are coming across healthy animal numbers. What is your favorite way to prepare tahr?
    Couple of ways:

    Tahr Schnitzel. Bread crumbed and fried in butter.
    Tahr Pie (the favourite)
    Tahr hocks in the slow cooker wrapped in bacon
    Tahr sandwiches with mushroom and cranberry sauce

    It really is an underated meat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayden C View Post
    Couple of ways:

    Tahr Schnitzel. Bread crumbed and fried in butter.
    Tahr Pie (the favourite)
    Tahr hocks in the slow cooker wrapped in bacon
    Tahr sandwiches with mushroom and cranberry sauce

    It really is an underated meat!
    Thanks. Its a meat I've definitely always struggled to eat, especially after my first introduction to the meat was a tough old rutting bull. I normally just mince it all now, backstraps included and mix it in with other mince. Bit of a waste really so I'll give some of your ideas a whirl.

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    Top stuff !!!!

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    Great story and those pictures of the Chamois are superb.

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    Well done mate some very good pics there

 

 

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