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Thread: Classic NZ hunting stories.

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    Classic NZ hunting stories.

    As I get older, only in body mind you, I have found I enjoy sitting down with a good book.
    So my favourite books, in no particular order are

    You'll learn no harm from the Hills
    Pack and Rifle
    Two dogs and a rifle
    Beyond the Rivers Bend
    A sea of Gold.

    Interested to hear others thoughts ?
    I'm wondering if age will have any effect on peoples choices ? (IE, more recent books might be of more interest to younger people )

    I must admit that, on reflection, I'd probably add a book, or two, from Charlie Janes to my list.

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    He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

    You depart with mighty boasts, but you come back having done little.
    Sounds like a typical hunting trip !

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    The in laws gave me the best of philp holden - hunting lore and back country yarns. He has done a few other books. This one its lots of smaller storys 3 or 4 pages long usually, alot from the deer culling haydays. Good of your not a massive reader or just like to read in smaller stints.
    Haven't really read any others from quite a long time.

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    @Frogfeatures, if you ever have time to mumble about in second hand bookshops, keep an eye out for any titles written by Lester Masters...most of his books are about the Hawkes Bay region...his books are treasures and tell yarns about the early days and hunting, making tracks and huts etc in both the Ruahines and Kawekas...the thing that I find sad is that as the older generation go to 'other hunting grounds' so much of the history of the hills is being lost...much of it irretrievable...just as the Spion Kop gutbuster hill over from Rocks Ahead was named during the Boer War...
    ...amitie, respect mutuel et amour...

    ...le beau et le bon, cela rime avec Breton!...

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    @EeBees, i've got Back Country Tales, have to admit it's a favourite too. Some of the stories about the Kaweka's are just brilliant.
    Really interesting to hear the 'back story' of some of the places I hunt.
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    He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

    You depart with mighty boasts, but you come back having done little.
    Sounds like a typical hunting trip !

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    Yes, how the guys carried everything in to make the huts...although there are fotos of them using horses in areas that were suitable!! I don't think I would have wanted to be the one to carry in the old canvas tent...!!

    Ballard Hut was named after the pilot who flew the materials in. DOC info suggests that it was built in 1958 (for deer cullers) yet my father stated he used it in 1953...Father on the right...

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