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Thread: Lovember Tahr Trip

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    Lovember Tahr Trip

    Sneeze had a few well deserved days off and I was up to nothing as usual so we teed up a trip down the East Coast for a Tahr. Chris had never shot one and I hadnt been after them for two years so it was all on.

    An early start from Nelson and we had Tahr on the deck that evening.

    Unfortunately the weather was average, blowing an absolute gale most of the time. On the first evening we spotted a nice bull on the opposite face at 750 yards, It was a 10 mph wind where we were so I dialled that and could see no indication that it was stronger. Sneeze spotted the shot and it was good for height but blown 1.5m approx to the side. Later we put the data through the ballistic program and it must have been a wind of 28-30mph out in the middle:eek:



    We turned to the bluffs behind us as there were Tahr all around us as it was getting dim.

    They were up at a 36 deg angle and the slope was slippery as, we had a few laughs trying to stay put and take a shot.


    I scoped myself on the steep angle, fark it hurt a bit too. Rifle 338Edge

    The two that Sneeze shot did the most impressive freefall, the rock bouncing and piroettes that I have ever seen, they landed on a snow chute and slid a bit further down. The result was horns broken off, all legs broken, back broken, pelvis shattered. It certainly gave us a reminder to be careful on the steep stuff. Recovering meat was a problem with that much damage too.


    These little buggers turned up on carcasses within a minute of the shots and did the same in separate valleys, they sure know how to get a free feed.

    We got a couple the next day which were in much better nick and we got a heap of meat and did some sausies, bloody great too. Longest shot was just over 500yards and was a cracker by Chris, most others were pushing 400yards and over.


    Camp set up


    Sneeze with his first, they were up on the bluff high above the snow chute


    Me with one of the lighter coloured animals seen

    November is supposed to be Lovember but the lowest ones we seen were about 1350metres ASL and there were plenty up alot higher.

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    Cheers Mate great way to spend a few days.Nice country.Last time I was down that way I left my brand new Tom Petty damm the topedoes album at my girlfriends.

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    Nice work guys, a few of us were in that general area a couple weeks prior. Saw heaps around, some fed a long way down to around 1,100m ASL, some even lower, but most were up high like you say. I shot a couple, one looked alright through the spotter, but ended up at 11 3/4". The other one I shot for meat fell about 400m into an unrecoverable snow chute. Quite spectacular to watch...
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    thanks for the read there steve. Also awesome work on getting some the first day after travelling down there!

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    Good stuff boys & great pic's What a rag tag bunch of buggars
    Shoot it, root it & then BBQ it !!!

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    Great yarn and photo's a good start to the section.

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    Thanks for the write up and photos Steve a good start for the new forum stories section.
    That nose looks a bit worse for wear didn't know your edge had teeth.

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    Good report, cheers

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    Nice pics.

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    What was the meat damage like with the 338?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sako75 View Post
    What was the meat damage like with the 338?
    Left an impressive exit wound for sure but the truly impressive damage was from the huge tumble they took!

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    nice trip had there

    looks like you got a good bite:grin:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tui_man2 View Post

    looks like you got a good bite:grin:

    Bald Bob knows about those.....but I can't talk my Edge bit me as well, those high angle shots are a bitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by sako75 View Post
    What was the meat damage like with the 338?
    The bull I shot with my 338 Lunatic at 820m soaked up a 300gr SMK. Smashed the onside shoulder, minced the chest cavity, through the off shoulder and came to rest under the skin. Dropped it on the spot, but then again, the energy at that range is the same as point blank shooting something with most normal big game calibres...

    At closer ranges (400m is the closest I've shot something with it) shot placement is critical for any sort of meaningful meat recovery off the front shoulders... Normally results in less to carry which is good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Claw View Post
    The bull I shot with my 338 Lunatic at 820m soaked up a 300gr SMK. Smashed the onside shoulder, minced the chest cavity, through the off shoulder and came to rest under the skin. Dropped it on the spot, but then again, the energy at that range is the same as point blank shooting something with most normal big game calibres...

    At closer ranges (400m is the closest I've shot something with it) shot placement is critical for any sort of meaningful meat recovery off the front shoulders... Normally results in less to carry which is good!

    :grin: less meat more room for long range gear in your pack.
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