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    A few photos from my 2013 roar

    Given the most serious part of the roar is over for most I'd thought I'd share a few photos from my couple of months following rutting stags and bucks. I'm working on some video footage that will incorporate some of these photos.

    It was a funny season and very on and off in the areas I hunt. I did manage a couple of mile-stones, saw a few nice stags with potential that were left for another day and covered a bit of country.

    I certainly didn't see the same number of stags or quality of stags I have seen in past years, but then again I didn't hunt as many days as past years either. (Buying and renovating a house during the roar is probably not the most clever idea ;D )


    First up was finally catching up with an old friend of 7 years;





    Then a few stags roared up close on other trips;


















    Caught up with Bushbash and took him for a few short hunts around Southland over two days. Shot two roaring stags, including this one, which was an exciting and well executed hunt;





    Got into some backcountry areas with good deer numbers and saw a very nice old 10, and a young 12 which I left. This 8 pointer seen on the same trip held 2 hinds with yearlings (two can be seen in photo). He roared well and I was surprised the bigger stags in the area didn't come to sort him out. Found wallows everywhere! I will return next year.





    Then a first for me, Sika hunting. Had planned a trip way back last year and soon enough I was on a plane to the north island. Spent 6 days hunting sika with a real good bugger off the forum, cheers Jamie. Roaring was sporadic but gave me a taste of hunting the wily sika deer. Saw a couple of stags, including one who showed his dominance by wallowing and roaring at us within 30 yards. My first sika stag ever seen was a 8 pointer and on that account I shot him and was absolutely wrapt. We shot two sika for the trip, one bush hunting and one that came onto a clearing in the morning, it was wicked.











    And finally, many of you will know I've been after a representative Fallow buck for a few years. I spent a fair bit of time looking for one this year and saw a few that were very respectable. This one was probably the best and he was croaking his head off and holding 4 does in a patch of scrub. We snuck within 100 metres and watched him for a while before letting him wander off after an in heat doe. So I'm still looking for that big fella!








    That was pretty much the last two and a half months wrapped up in a few photos. A mixed season for sure, but enjoyable all the same as hunting is something I love.

    The next couple of months will be spent running about in the mountains chasing tahr and chamois and in between the odd winter stag and buck hunt (Starting this Thursday ;D )


    Happy hunting fellas.


    JoshC

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    Stunning photos

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    great pics! how the hell do you get that much time off work???

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    +1 on tsk comment ha

    good year mate

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    Brilliant JoshC. It doesn't matter how you get the time off work. What really matters is that you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twoshotkill View Post
    great pics! how the hell do you get that much time off work???
    +2

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    You got it sorted . Great photos
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    Amazing photo's , and very inspirational

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    Great work JoshC, looks like you had an eventful roar season, brill photos, liked the one of the stag close up.......cheers mate!
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    Cheers fellas. During the roar months I hunt most weekends and have the odd Friday or Monday off. I often plan evening hunts where I'm travelling for work. For my Sika trip I had 3 days off, that was the most in one go. Still worked 150 odd hours each month. My boss has 3 weeks off solid for the roar so he understands.
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    Some nice animals left for another day. Bet the fallow was tempting but the kudos goes for holding off. Thanks for sharing

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    Awesome photos mate
    great to see your obviously out there doing it

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    Mint photos, Josh. Good stuff on the Sika and the Red stags you took. At this rate, won't be long till you're onto that Buck!

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    Wicked pic's, deffinately amonst them!!

 

 

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