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    I'm on my way

    I figured that I would give y'all a heads up. I'm planning on moving to New Zealand with my family. We are currently living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. In short we want more for our family and plan to come and help and fit in and help and work for the greater good. My wife runs a fairly large school and I am a fish biologist.
    I have hunted for 20 years and I am self taught and have never paid a dime/penny/anything for a guide, lease, animal or rights to hunt on a piece of property. I have harvested maybe 35 or so animals, many bull elk (American Wapiti) (some big) many mule deer (some medium, one big), whitetail and several bears. I am not bragging I am just giving you a background. IN FACT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS ABSOLUTLEY TURNED ME OFF TO THE NEW AMERICAN HUNTING REVOLUTION IS THE BRAGGING. Social media has turned things into puffing up your chest as being the biggest and the best and much of it is fake as people do/pay whatever it takes to continue their fame. I DO NOT have any of those social media accounts and I am not a trophy hunter by any means. In NZ I would be hoping to harvest game for food only...we/I are looking for a simple life of happiness and togetherness and hunting and fishing to put food on the table.
    As I said I have been a fish biologist for 17 years, salmonid based and mostly field work and hands on projects as opposed to working behind a desk. I live near one of our larger rivers, the Columbia, and fish a couple of tournaments a year with 40 or so boats participating. I really do like to fish and hunt for many many reasons but probably most importantly because it is an escape from everything...spending 5 hours out on the river playing captain in my boat and fishing my butt off or spending a few nights camping on a mountain.
    I hope to learn your ways and ask for your help and help where I can. Here is a youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o0scwLCL3M&t=14s that I posted because a guy's disabled son had a license for the same area last year and I wanted to get him excited about it. It is NOT on a ranch I just titled it that so people wouldn't take notice. Please feel free to help me (I could use all the advice I can get) or tell me that you don't want me there
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    Nice introduction. It sounds like you are exactly the sort of person we do want in our little country. Unfortunately, it is already full
    Joking aside, welcome to the forum and I hope your plans go well.
    Experience. What you get just after you needed it.

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    Welcome aboard man. And good luck with the move.
    Use enough gun

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    Welcome, if you want to work with Salmon then possibly Marlborough sounds is the place for you with lots of salmon farms. Another place could be Cawthron institute in Nelson.
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    welcome ........if your planning the big move research research to find the best place to offer the work/leisure balance you are looking for . yours and your partners skillset should be welcomed here income round the country is catching up with the big cities (in some places it already has)

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    I'm on my way

    Sounds like you are moving to the right country.
    Welcome

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    Hello @Joe Schmo great intro, go South Island not North we have actual mountains and the best rivers!
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    Welcome mate. Just moved here myself

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    Welcome to the forum and NZ in due course. You may suffer a little culture shock when you arrive, not least because deer are officially classified as pests and there is a very inconsistent approach to salmonids. All introduced species, officially game fish, even stocked in places, but going against the tide of "green" politics which has unfortunately swept over the country, so we may seen some changes if voters don't regain some sense.
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    Welcome & in due course, welcome to NZ.

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    Howdy.
    Just be warned, our country is deteriorating. If I didn't have family and commitments here I would quite happily swap countries with you. But it is what it is.
    And when you get here, you need to hunt down a beer called "Waikato". Brown bottle, green and yellow label. Don't let anyone try to talk you in to drinking any of those other sissy "beers".
    Overkill is still dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmwsm View Post
    Howdy.
    Just be warned, our country is deteriorating. If I didn't have family and commitments here I would quite happily swap countries with you. But it is what it is.
    And when you get here, you need to hunt down a beer called "Waikato". Brown bottle, green and yellow label. Don't let anyone try to talk you in to drinking any of those other sissy "beers".
    Lion Brown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    Lion Brown!
    maybe the starting point on the graduated learning curve........

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    Gday mate

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    Hi! Our native ecology is Non-Salmonidae so not quite the same however heaps of work for freshwater ecologists. You can't get into the country at the moment unless a citizen or resident. Also be aware New Zealand is an expensive place to live with relatively low salary.
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