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    Fiordland trip

    In February I made a trip down to Fiordland for a bit of a hunt and a bit of a hike. The plan was for me to walk the Kepler track then at the end meet my mate and head back up the track to hunt for a few days.

    Started on the Kepler track on the 20th for the ascent up to Luxmore hut. It was pretty cloudy up on the tops so not much view, have a look:

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    But by the morning it had cleared for some beautiful views over to the Murchison Mountains across South fiord Ė check it out!

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    The second day you summit Mt. Luxmore and is spent mostly on the tops before descending below the bushline and into Iris Burn. Couldnít have asked for better weather for it, I think the photoís speak for themselves. My camera died on me just before we made the descent into Iris Burn, so the rest I took on my phone, but they came out alright. Needless to say I was pretty shagged when I got to the hut; I worked out later that night that I had drank about 5 litres of water that day, donít think Iíve ever had that much before.

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    There is a 20min walk you can do behind the Iris burn hut which leads to a waterfall. In the morning I took a stroll up there before donning my pack and heading off. Got to the waterfall and hung around for a bit but with the sandflies biting at any exposed skin, I soon made my way back. About 5 minutes in to the walk I looked across the river to a small tussock clearing and saw a hind feeding, my eyes nearly popped out of their sockets! I stopped for a few moments then moved as fast as I could and still be quiet down the track towards the hut Ė I needed my rifle. Couple hundred metres and I was sprinting! Got to the hut and got my bolt, ammo, knife and rifle. Running out of the hut with my rifle on my back and the warden stops me. Figured she wanted my hunting permit or just to reiterate the rule of no hunting within 500m of a great walk hut (of this, I was aware). I told her I knew the rule and that I was in a bit of a hurry but she told me something I didnít know, and that was that there was to be no hunting within 500m of the track as well Ė dagger in my chest! We talked for a bit and I told her I wanted just to go back to look at the deer and she said that she believed me and that sheíd hear if I took the shot. I went back and watched the deer for a while and counted my misfortunes. Hereís a photo I took, sorry the quality is so shit, the camera on my phone does not zoom well.

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    Funny thing is that the rule of 500m off the track isnít in print on the hunting permit. Not that itís a bad rule in an area where the numbers of trampers are so high, but nevertheless, its not there.

    Anyway, eventually I made a kissing noise to see the hindís reaction. She lifted her head and looked in my direction but I stayed still and she carried on eating after a while. I did it again and even waved at her and she didnít run off. Did it again and she thought it best to leave, but she didnít run or anything, just a medium canter. At least I gained something from seeing her, I got to see how deer react to noise when they don't have scent, if not a pack full of venison.

    Went back to the hut and talked to the DOC officer and she was all good. Gave me a few spots to have a look at and even said that if I couldnt be arsed walking the deer out to the road end (8 hours), I could leave the meat with her. I headed off to Motorau hut with mixed emotions: I had seen my first DOC land deer and even had it in my sights, but the fates opposed me, that first public land Red will have to wait a little longer.

    On a side note, it was interesting the different reactions you get when talking to foreigners about hunting in NZ. I kept me rifle covered and inconspicuous nearly at all times, but never missed an opportunity to talk to people about it. An Alaskan guy (who hunts back home) thought it was so cool that you would have a hunters and trampers mixing like this Ė he also couldnít believe there was no season or limits in place - I explained why. A group of young German boys said how expensive hunting was back home and couldnít believe that one free permit could enable me to hunt all over the country. I even had an Israeli guy say that he would carry my pack and the quarry if he could just come hunting with me! Its illegal to hunt in Israel because of the large population and small land area. It all made me very glad to live in this fine country.

    Back to the story: I spent the night at Moturau hut Ė have a look at the sunset.

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    The next day I headed to the road end and met up with my mate and then we spent the night at Shallow Bay hut, we were lulled to sleep by a chorus of mosquitos . We went for a short evening stalk in our socks (cornflakes in the beech!) and came across some sign but no luck. Not to worry, the trip is young. The following day we had planned to head back up Iris burn and spend two nights under camp but my mate, who hadnít been bush really before, was having a fair bit of trouble. His borrowed pack had a waist strap which was far too large for him, so the weight (about 25kg all up) was resting almost solely on his shoulders, which is a recipe for disaster, especially for someone who hadnít spent much time with pack on back. We decided after about 4 hours we decided to pack it in and head back to Shallow bay. We worked out that weíd cut our time a bit too short by making the long trip because we'd have to spend a whole day to walk back out, and my mate wasnít really coping. Donít we do stupid shit when weíre young? We spent another two nights in the end at shallow bay and hunted the beech forest surrounding. Came across a fair bit of sign but we didnít get any animals Ė probably heard us coming.

    Had a sweet time taking in the scenery and going hunting; I was very sour to leave. I think next year Iíll try get a summer job down there and spend even more time in the hills.

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    Awesome pics,country and write up Phillip
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    Cheers for the read. I thought the rule of 500 m from a track only applied to waro.
    I will admit to breaking it a few hundred times on foot myself Ha Ha


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    I thought it was two hundred?
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    You would shoot fuck all deer on the coast if ya hunt the major rivers and stuck to that rule! 200 or 500.
    How many tahr get shot on the east coast within 500m of major access?


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    True true
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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    Cheers for the read. I thought the rule of 500 m from a track only applied to waro.
    I will admit to breaking it a few hundred times on foot myself Ha Ha


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    The Kepler is a "Great Walk" so it could be something to do with that.
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    Nice read . Don't get hung up on nailing every deer you see , they are cool to watch and when you are just in for a photo is amazing how long you have because they have no fu#%ing idear Where was the sign ? Was there any sign on the tops?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munsey View Post
    Nice read . Don't get hung up on nailing every deer you see , they are cool to watch and when you are just in for a photo is amazing how long you have because they have no fu#%ing idear Where was the sign ? Was there any sign on the tops?
    Lots of sign in close to the river, which the track follows so its within the 500m
    Didn't look as though there was, but I didn't stray off the track up on the tops at all, I wasn't hunting. So there could well be.
    PS. I like your display pic. You look like you've got a wicked GSP.
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    Awsome read and great photos
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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    Cheers for the read. I thought the rule of 500 m from a track only applied to waro.
    And when did they start abiding by it???????????????????????????????????????????????? (the choppers that is)

    200 for people on foot I believe, and it's not law.....

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    I never worried about it to be honest because I never knowingly hunted in areas that people were. If I seen vehicles or hunters I just went somewhere else or higher up.
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    What an awesome trip. One to remember for sure

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    Great report & photos Phil, its on my list to do all the 'great walks' on the 'mainland', only tried to climb Mt's Aspiring and Earnslaw a couple of times but beaten by the weather, beautiful country we live in...

    had a chuckle to myself when you talked to the tourists on your trip, it was near impossible for me to hunt or own a firearm in England, so i knew their frustration....

    keep it up mate, i can see your well keen and its only a matter of time!!!!!!
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