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Thread: a couple of winter ruahine hunts

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    a couple of winter ruahine hunts

    On a frosty morning in mid July I headed to one of my favorite spots to look for any good stags that might be out & about making the most of the good weather after the recent cold blast. not long after settling in glassing a spot that usually produces deer on such a morning I spotted 2 stags, problem being they were over 1km away and only sporting small 8 point heads, I was after 10points & more since the freezers full, so the video camera took them instead, after a while they moved on out of sight to seek the sun in a big grass clearing, so I moved on too, to another spot over a couple of ridges, sat down & glassed some likely spots. Not long & I found 4 stags grazing in the shade in some tight scrub on the edge of a shingle slide, watching through binos & video they turned out to be young spikers & a small 8 pointer, then I spotted 5 more hinds & yearlings 100yds away from the stags sitting down. after giving the ridges & faces across from me a decent glassing I spotted up to 15 deer all up, but still nothing decent in the stag department to warrant the 800yd walk to get in shooting range. The morning was getting on now & I was running out of time so packed my stuff into the pack & prepared to head for home.As I got up movement caught my eye & a yearling spiker was staring at me from a grass clearing 150 yds away. Not being the type to turn down a "gift horse" the .300 spoke & the spiker was down . With more meat for the freezer I was home boundName:  IMG_2579.JPG
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    In August on a frosty morning just after the rain seen me race up the same steep ridge to get to my favorite spot before daylight. As the daylight unfolded so did the figures of 5 good stags, after a time of glassing & assessing the situation the rangefinder was put into service. I settled on what looked to be the biggest of the stags - the range was 501 yards so settled in for the shot, The .300 spoke once again & the stag rolled down into a patch of broadleaf, the others hesitated then decided it was best to depart for safer pastures. so after a half hour getting my way over the valley I found a nice conditioned 8 pointer stag. After a quick photo & video It was cut up & carry time, making good time I was back at the truck before midday which was timely as the winter weather had turned for the worse and spits of rain were falling now.Name:  IMG_2602.jpg
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    Thanks for the report mate
    And you left the feet behind
    I saw a pig up there today rather odd I thought.

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    Nice one, plenty of animals, looks familiar but you haven't given enough clues for me to be sure, no matter how much I twist my head!

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    Good one Stagslayer cool report.........wack the vid up

    Brads the feet were from the July spiker I got that wrong

    We saw pig rooting on the ground last time we were up there.............not pigs having a root
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    Champion effort!
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    Sweet write up SS! Good deer numbers by the sounds

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    Nice report and some nice rolling country:thumbup:

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    Nive report mate cheers

    Good spot you have there
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    Brilliant Stag Slayer and welcome to the forum
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    Nice looking spot. Yeah, it's fun trying to guess where it is!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigc View Post
    Nice looking spot. Yeah, it's fun trying to guess where it is!!
    I guess Stagslayer,possum trapper,myself and Brads no this area well
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    nice shooting iron there stag slayer. thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dundee View Post
    I guess Stagslayer,possum trapper,myself and Brads no this area well
    I used to look up there years ago and wonder what it was like.
    Thanks for the pics. Looks great.

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    Great looking country for winter hunting thanks for the write up
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    Great result SS, nice yarn & photos.....
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