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    The first of the year

    I arrived at the hut around 5pm, gobbled up dinner, and headed across to a spot where I could glass the flats before night rolled in. I caught a glimpse of a deer (could've been a hind or a spiker) ghosting between two bits of scrub too quick for me to draw a bead on it Oh well, I thought at least this bodes well for the rest of the trip.

    The next day I spent in the bush and spooked two before making it back to the hut.

    The forecast for the following day was a supposed to be showers chance heavy but the morning was an absolute beauty so I had high hopes of getting some good hunting in. But as I'm sure lots of you have experienced, the weather can change quickly in the hills. Some quite heavy rain rolled in so I thought I'd sit in the shelter of a tree for a while to see if it was just a brief shower. 30mins later it was still going strong and whats more it had been accompanied by thunder strikes every few minutes. Scratch this, I thought, every deer is going to be well bedded down in this weather and I thought it best to err on the safe side being out there alone. It took me about at hour to get back to the hut and what do you know, the weather had improved by the time I got there though there was still the occasional shower. Feeling a bit soft, I chilled out at the hut till the late afternoon and headed back to the glassing spot I mentioned earlier. This day had been unusually cold with hail falling twice already and by about 8.30, shivering, that cold had gotten the better of me. I left one in the spout with the bolt open as I knew there was a decent chance of bumping into a deer on the walk back as there was fresh sign all over the track. I came around a bend in the track where a nice little gully opens up and two deer spooked! They boosted from below the track to on the hill above it and I dropped the bolt and raised the rifle - SHIT it was still on 9 power!!!! I pulled the rifle down and fixed that up whilst giving the deer a mew to try stop them - and it worked I could hear that the two deer had stopped but they were obscured by the tree in front of me. I took a step to the left, saw a young stag looking back at me, raised the rifle to my shoulder and popped him one in the heart-lung area. He dropped on the spot and kicked his feet up in the air I tried to find the second deer but he was already boosting it, and in hind sight, it was a good thing - my pack was hella heavy on the walk out! Here's a pic

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    I gutted the fella where I could roll the gut back down a hill well away from the track. Made a pikau out of him and hoffed it back to the hut in the darkness. I was stoked! I know he's nothing huge (only 4pts) but this is my first stag anyway.

    Hot barrels fellas, cheers for reading
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    Well done Phillip. Where were you?
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    That's awesome. Good on you for getting out there and not been put off by the weather. richer for the experience

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    Shot Phillip, Good start to the year where were you hunting ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    Well done Phillip. Where were you?
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    Shot Phillip, Good start to the year where were you hunting ?
    I was in the kaimanawas, staying at oamaru hut.

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    Yeah nah bro

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    Well done and congrats on your first stag mate.

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    good shit dude!
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    Nice one,having the scope on on 9 power is a bugger in the bush happens all to often.
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    Getting good mate nice work

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    Well done Phillip, i forsee a good year for you

    Make it a habit to check state of rifle and scope power after encountering or shooting a animal.
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    Yea boy, that's mean!

    Your 2 sika above me now, I'll have to change that soon and get my arse down there. Many other hunters about?

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    Aww yeahhhhh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusky View Post
    Yea boy, that's mean!

    Your 2 sika above me now, I'll have to change that soon and get my arse down there. Many other hunters about?
    Haha you're a couple above me with the Reds - I want to get one of those next.

    A couple. I shared the hut with two other hunters and another arrived the night I shot this guy (I walked out the next morning).
    Yeah nah bro

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    You should be super proud of your 4pointer Phil. That's a 4point Sika head I am yet to bag. Out there doin' it young fulla! Good shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt4life View Post
    You should be super proud of your 4pointer Phil. That's a 4point Sika head I am yet to bag. Out there doin' it young fulla! Good shit
    Cheers bro! Bring on the roar I say, onwards and upwards!

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