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Author Topic: Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3  (Read 878 times)

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Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« on: March 28, 2013, 07:11:34 PM »
Well folks Day 3 is in the books.

NZ Journal Day 3:

Wednesday 3/27: It was raining a little this morning; it’s to clear off midafternoon. A bit cooler this morning too, 49 degrees with a stiff SE breeze. Looks like this morning’s activities will be getting the rest of the guns ready to range in.
 
I got up at 4:30 and started the first pot of coffee (well dah!); even before Cassandra (Cassy) our chalet-keeper arrived to start breakfast. Our accommodations include two meals a day, all beverages and maid service. Today Cassy is making French toast and fried ham steaks for breakfast, as per Drew’s request. I had my second cup of coffee on the deck between rain showers. I could hear stag bulls roaring in all directions it seemed. Goose bump city! Next week is our turn. Yeah Baby! The guides told us the “roar” started a couple of weeks ago and is almost in full swing.

We each have a “quad bike” (ATV) to use, and were given maps of the area with the hunting locations of other hunters. There are two other hunting parties here with two hunters in each that are going out with the guides this week, only spoken to them in passing they all seem nice. Every evening the guides come in to let us know their plans for tomorrow and mark the maps with the locations. This way we can free hunt safely if we want to without interfering with the paying hunters. Bill and I will be the only paying big game hunters in our party when it’s our turn. We are all able to free hunt boars, goats and wallaby’s. What they mean by “free” hunt is to go hunting without the use of a guide; you must pay the station fees for any harvests with the exception of common goats and wallaby’s. As I understand, NZ has people (similar to game wardens) that come out to assess the national fees by measuring the trophy. Speaking of national fees; it cost 800 dollars (cash) to get the guns into NZ, no hassles at all, just checked guns against manifest, pay the lady and “G-day Mate”.

Chaz came by late this morning to check on us to see if there was anything we needed and find out if Cassy was treating us right. When he walked in we had all the guns out in various stages of getting ready. He snapped to attention and said “My crackers are you yanks invading us?” of course with a smile on his face. His next statement “No worries about firepower here I guess.” He walked over to the Jarrett and asked if he could give it a look, naturally I said “No worries”. I then told him my Catbird tale and I was going to let Bill use it for wallaby’s. Reply; “it’ll do bloody well”. Then he turned his attention to Spin Doc asked if it was a pure custom, so I went through the Docs story and he said no wonder the range was so important to us when we booked the trip. Bill chimed in with “the range was important to only one of us”. Chaz replied “Ah! The mad lead launcher of the crew I suspect.”

The rain persisted until late afternoon and nobody wanted to head to the range so I decided to take a walk. The area resembles the Lake Tahoe region in Nevada. Not nearly as high in elevation but that same type of topography. There are several small ponds and creeks, some deep ravines with very step walls. The attached picture is a fallow buck that was down in a shallow ravine, about 200 yards from me and ½ mile from the chalet. I only had my small pocket camera and thank goodness I at least had it. I think I’m going to slight a gun on all my walks from now on. I used this picture as range motivation when I returned.

Well that is it for today’s highlights. Tomorrow I hope we can get some range time in.
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Re: Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 07:17:18 PM »
nice looking buck.

i like hunting in the rain. they must have a different opinion down under.

good luck
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Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2013, 12:44:39 AM »
Thank U for keeping us up to date. It's fun reading about the huntin trip


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Re: Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013, 08:13:44 AM »
He lloks like a good one. Keep the stories coming.
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Re: Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 12:34:02 PM »
Dang you won't want to come back if your getting that spoiled from Cassy. Looking forward to the next days update.

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Re: Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 03:23:13 PM »
Sounds like you are enjoying your trip Gutshot!!! Hope you tag out!! --09--0
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Re: Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 03:36:30 PM »
Oooops!! I guess it's Dutch i should be sending best wishes to!! Go get them Dutch!!!
Thanks for the relay Gutshot!! @--0--0117
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Re: Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 08:41:37 PM »
 sounds like you having a great time DH
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Re: Dutch Hunter's NZ Adventure Day 3
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2013, 06:51:39 AM »
Nice one to walk up on Dutch.

I would like to hear roar.  Probably bring the same goose bumps as a bull elk.......

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