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    Tahr well earned

    After buying a NZ Hunter mag for something to read while on holiday 4 or 5 years ago i decided to get back into hunting. I was especaly interested in and intregued by monarcs of the mountain, Tahr.
    Because none of my mates or even aquantances hunted. I obsessively researched everything from rifles to boots to hunting grounds and everything in between that i would need to get my trophy bull . After $$$ spent half a doz solo trips into the mountains a foot high stack of NZH mags later and mockery from friends that i have all the gears and always talk hunting but have never shot anything I finally tipped one over.
    My origonal plans to go hunting with my cuz fell over but it worked out i could go solo a day later, just missing the rain and striking fantastic weather.
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    (Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook in the background. photo doesn't do this justice as people who have seen this view on a blue bird day can attest. A very powerful sight).
    I set off up the valley at about 230 wondering how my fitness was going to hold up. After 3hrs i made the first hut and was feeling good so i kept moving to Littles hut glassing along the way. I didnt see anything whilst glassing but saw plenty of hoof marks in the riverbed which gave me confidence. I made the hut at about 830pm had a quick glass before dark still nothing. I don't think i fully appreciate the time you need to spend glassing I'm very impatient.
    Next day dawns (well not yet) and i set off for the head of the valley under head light i get about a mile up and realise I've set off a bit too early i get boxed in by the river and cant see shit so i find a comfy spot and have a bit of a lie down.
    At last the day dawns (after 1.5hrs) and i can see, so i start glassing. Still nothing!
    "Fuck it if i cant see you i will come find you".
    So up i went (this is the bit i hate!).
    I sidled up for an hour then came to a bit of a gut which made me change corse to directly up luckily with all the rain the fine gravel was solid as which made for easier going.
    With every breather i gazed up into the bluffs hoping to see something but not expecting it when shockingly a small group of Tahr were walking along under the bluffs.
    ACTION STATIONS!!!!
    RANGE FINDER!!!
    285!!
    HOLD OVER!
    2.5"ish minus1" for the angle so not much needed
    I started to calm down and rested my 7mmRM on my pack and peered at them through the scope it was what i thought was a group of nannies with some juvys i wasn't sure if i wanted to scare of what could be around the corner for a nanny when the biggest one presented its self for a perfect opportunity. I took it. Bang, flop, roll summersault, roll, slide out of site
    WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!
    The 200 rounds i spent shooting a little black dot payed off!
    After a half hours climb and some scouting around i found it hung on a rock on the scree of doom leadind over a small bluff
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    I almost left it there but after noticing it was a bull and assessing the danger which was mostly in my head i carefully crawled down took the head and back straps.
    "Im a real hunter now" i thought to myself.
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    i was off the mountain and had what turned out to be painful a 8 hour walk out.
    At 3pm i was buggered and 100m from the other hut when out of the river a mob of half a doz jumped up and trotted off up the hill. My gun was strapped to my pack and i was shagged so i let them go. For next time.
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    Nice work and bloody typical seeing animals near home on the way out.

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    Good shit.

    The first one is always a good feeling an you had a bit of effort involved as well

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    Awesome well done username :thumbup:

    Have a beer on me .

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    Good on ya mate. Good effort. 8 hr walk in that country? What sort of day pack have ya got there, badlands?
    Do what ya want! Ya will anyway.

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    Tahr well earned indeed, good on ya.

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    Thanks. it was a bit of a scouting mission so i wanted to get up as far as i could to have a nosey and test my limits. they were definately tested. I was down to a hobble when i got to the car. R98 its a hunters element evolve

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    Hobbling down riverbed why 8 hrs fresh feet and body would have been 6 my feet and shoulders had had it by the time i got off the hill.

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    Sweet, thanks.
    Do what ya want! Ya will anyway.

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    Well done , and a good story to boot .
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    Bet that lost a few pounds off ya avatar?

    Great read username and cool pics too
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    Yeh but i put it back on when i got back to twizel with a big hearty stew and deep fried spuds for dinner then a full cooked breakie before heading home
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dundee View Post
    Bet that lost a few pounds off ya avatar?

    Great read username and cool pics too
    Good effort there username. You could knock a few pounds off your avatar but a few pounds off you and there'd be nothing left. You stopped smiling yet?
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    Good work I should really get off my ass and start chasing those things at some stage too.

 

 

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