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Thread: New member, with time up my sleeve before hunting

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    New member, with time up my sleeve before hunting

    Gidday everyone,

    I'm 38, and have exploring the forum which has been great; lots of wisdom, humour and tips - the magazine posts are especially good.
    I aim to piece together the necessities to do some hunting (license / arms etc) in the next few years, as application times are long and free time at the moment is short with a couple little ones running about.

    Nobody in my family hunts so I will try to get involved with the South Auckland NZDA in time, to learn and meet some new people.

    I am eager to learn a new skill and to get out there for some horned meat, for now will trawl the forums for inspiration!

    That's my intro, and thanks for having me!

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    Welcome aboard Lobstros.Lots of good guys and girls here,lots of banter,fun and info.SA NZDA is a good place to start hunting for knowledge and like minded people.Enjoy.
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    Welcome to the forum.
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    Gday mate
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    Welcome to he forum.
    Plenty to learn here.
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    Welcome, mate. I had a similar story, didnít bother with NZDA tho. Just got out there and did it. Iím sure thereís heaps of value in joining NZDA, but you shouldnít think hunting is some esoteric art that you need to be initiated into.

    If youíve got some basic bushcraft, get yourself a decent pair of binos and start by taking them for walks. It will take you a few trips before youíre regularly finding game animals, so donít wait until youíve got a FAL & rifle.

    Use maps.walkingaccess.govt.nz and Google Earth to find likely looking spots, then go check them out. Half the fun for me is planning the trip.

    Then practice moving quietly through the bush and stalking in on your quarry. I guarantee that the first time youíve got a rifle in hand and an animal in your sights, the excitement will turn you into a bumbling idiot. The more relaxed you can be in that situation, the better your chance of success.

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    Welcome mate
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    Welcome. You've come to the right place to learn about hunting. Heaps of advice and info here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mopheadrob View Post
    ...If you’ve got some basic bushcraft, get yourself a decent pair of binos and start by taking them for walks. It will take you a few trips before you’re regularly finding game animals...
    Hey @mopheadrob, all sounds like sound advice with good ideas for me - am keen on the idea of increasing some skills before bumbling and thanks for the link as I'd not come across that yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by mopheadrob View Post
    ...If youíve got some basic bushcraft, get yourself a decent pair of binos and start by taking them for walks. It will take you a few trips before youíre regularly finding game animals...
    Hey @mopheadrob, all sounds like sound advice with good ideas for me - am keen on the idea of increasing some skills before bumbling and thanks for the link as I'd not come across that yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobstros View Post
    Gidday everyone,

    I'm 38, and have exploring the forum which has been great; lots of wisdom, humour and tips - the magazine posts are especially good.
    I aim to piece together the necessities to do some hunting (license / arms etc) in the next few years, as application times are long and free time at the moment is short with a couple little ones running about.

    Nobody in my family hunts so I will try to get involved with the South Auckland NZDA in time, to learn and meet some new people.

    I am eager to learn a new skill and to get out there for some horned meat, for now will trawl the forums for inspiration!

    That's my intro, and thanks for having me!
    go to the range too mate someone will take you under their wing and have you out there hunting sooner than you thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill999 View Post
    go to the range too mate someone will take you under their wing and have you out there hunting sooner than you thought
    Cheers for that, completely indend to get some practice in and it'd be great to meet some others more experienced. Are there any ranges near south Auckland? Found only the NZ deer stalkers near Riverhead so far that might suit

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    Gday mate

 

 

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