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COLFO Report Michael Dowling ........................................................................ 4 Hunters Life Saved Alain Jorion ..................................................................... 10 Deer Have Remarkable Senses Tony Orman.................................................... 14 The Most Unlucky Stag in the Roar Neil Cowie ................................................ 17
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Issue 177 July september 2012

An official publication of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Incorporated


Presidents Report Tim McCarthy .................................................................. 2 Editorial What is the Future For Hunting in New Zealand Tim McCarthy ....... 3 Letters to the Editor ......................................................................................... 5 HUNTS Report Bill OLeary Life Should Not Be All Work .............................. 6 DOC Update Ian Cooksley National Hunting Advisor .....................................8 Wild Game Another Aspect Red Deer Oddments D Bruce Banwell ..........12 Tip Offs Use and Care of Stores in the Field D N Cowlin .............................16 young Deerstalker Story Ben Sutton .............................................................18 Take me hunting Kids page win a free Kilwell prize .....................................19 Heritage Glass Plate Negatives and Ammunition Packets ............................. 26 Otago Red Deer Herd Trophies (Final part) Heads 16, 17 and 18................... 27 Lock, Stock and Barrel Exploration of the Half-open Bolt Chaz Forsyth ..... 28 Habitat Oamaru Hut Refurbishment Allan Dodson ..................................... 30 Bugle news from around the traps ................................................................32 Blast from the Past Our First Wapiti Snow Grass..................................... 34 Stalkers Table Grannie Olives Recipes........................................................ 36 Swazi Junior Shoots North Taranaki and Hastings ........................................37 Places to Hunt Wairarapa District ................................................................ 40 DVD reviews ...................................................................................................42 Poem Ode to the Aging Hunters Brian Cosgrove ........................................ 43 Points of Envy 2011 AHT Competition Winners ............................................ 44 On Target various shooting event results ..................................................... 46 Shooting Calendar ...........................................................................................47

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presIDeNts repOrt
Tim McCar thy - National President New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

By the time you read this the roar will be well and truly over. For most hunters it will have been a successful time with many trophies shot and freezers full of venison. A great time to get out with your mates and hunt favourite old haunts and to explore new territory. Unfortunately for two hunters, it was to be their last. Both were shot by other hunters, one in broad daylight and the other while spotlighting. Both were shot with highpowered rifles. The media coverage was huge and I received a barrage of phone calls from radio and television reporters all asking the same question, Why are hunters killing each other? The answer is simple - they are not identifying their target beyond all doubt. Of the seven basic firearms safety rules, number 4, in my opinion, is the most important rule while out in the field hunting. Identify your target beyond all doubt. you must positively identify your target beyond all doubt before firing. If in doubt, dont shoot! The shooter, and anyone supervising an unlicensed shooter, must both positively identify the target. If I could make a personal plea to all hunters, it would be - Assume that any sound or movement that you cant identify properly is a person until you can prove otherwise.

This approach to your hunting will naturally slow down your expectations as well as your heart rate. This also prevents a rush of buck fever and eliminates the syndrome of your eyes playing tricks on you. As I was answering the questions from the media and pondering over the results, a thought occurred to me, How can we change the psyche of hunters and raise the awareness of firearms safety? We cannot just sit back and point the finger as deerstalkers we are supposed to be the leaders in firearms safety in New Zealand. At the end of the last National Executive meeting in May, Dianne Brown and I had a meeting with the Minister of Conservation, the Hon Kate Wilkinson and the topic of firearms safety was high on the agenda. I put forward a proposal that all of the interested parties in firearms safety and handling, (New Zealand Deerstalkers Association, NZ Police, Fish and Game New Zealand, Mountain Safety Council, Department of Conservation, Department of Labour and other hunting organisations), combine in a nation wide campaign to target hunters at crucial times of the year with hard hitting advertisements, (the roar and duck shooting season). My proposal was well received with the minister and she has given us an undertaking to have something put together by the time

conference comes around. This can only benefit the future of safe hunting in New Zealand. A lot of work needs to go into this campaign and I will update you with progress as it happens. The Game Animal Council (GAC) Submissions closed on the 20th April and the select committee process is now underway. We can tell you that a total of 636 submissions were lodged. I would like to thank all members who took the time to write a submission in favour of this, there is definitely strength in numbers. I was honoured to travel to Wellington to speak to our national submission along with our National Executive advisor Matthew Lark, who spoke by teleconference. There was a very positive vibe in the air with all bar one speaking in favour of the GAC. Now is the time to be lobbying your local MPs, so please get out there and tell them what we want them to be doing for us. Give them the message that game management is the way forward for New Zealand.

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WhAt Is the Future FOr huNtING IN NeW ZeAlAND?

By Tim McCarthy, National President

I was sitting in my office looking at the piles of paperwork that I have amassed on the main issues concerning hunters of New Zealand, now and in the future. The Aerial Assisted Trophy Hunting (AATH) or helihunting as it was formally known, is definitely one of them, and a thorn in my side. So I decided to put pen to paper and share my views with a wider audience. AATH has taken up a fair chunk of my time over the last three years, both locally as the president of the South Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association (NZDA), and nationally as a member of the national NZDA heli-hunting sub-committee, and more recently as the National President. A huge amount of work has been done travelling to meetings with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and conservation boards, and meetings in parliament with the Minister of Conservation, the Hon Kate Wilkinson and the Associate Conservation Minister, the Hon Peter Dunne. I would like to acknowledge the work carried out by the members of the NZDA heli-hunting sub-committee, Snow Hewetson (National Executive member), Shaun Maloney and David Rider (Southern Lakes), Aaron Meikle (North Otago) with David Hodder (National Life Member NZDA) doing a remarkable job as chair of the committee. DOC called for submissions on AATH in the wilderness areas of the Adams, Hooker-Landsborough and Olivine. Overwhelmingly the submissions were largely opposed to this heinous practice in the wilderness areas. For the first time ever we had all of the outdoor fraternities united in one voice speaking out against AATH. We are not making any more land and certainly not creating anymore wilderness areas. After the AATH submission process and the subsequent hearings in Christchurch, it became very evident to me that certain people in DOC were willing to over-ride the reason why wilderness areas were developed in the first instance, in favour of commercial gain with very little conservation benefits to these areas. The wilderness areas are unique as there are no tracks or roads, no bridges or huts. If you enter a wilderness area you are on your own and self reliant. The experience I would expect from a wilderness area includes the natural quiet anytime of the year. The unavoidable part is the sound of a passing aeroplane or the sound of a helicopter used to insert or extract other users of the wilderness areas. The most noise I would expect to hear would be the rivers and creeks tumbling by and the birdsong of our precious native birds and the wind blowing through the mountains and the trees. This to me, is a large part of the wilderness experience to treasure, as it is to all users including trampers, climbers, fishermen and hunters. Unfortunately, the total opposite has been happening, with daily helicopter flights carrying hunting guides and their clients. Not just flying by, but systematically flying up every side creek and bluff system seeking to find a trophy bull tahr or buck chamois. No attention is paid to the numbers of nannies and kids scattering to safety in the thick bush and scrub. They may settle on a particular animal and chase it trying to evaluate whether it is a taker or not; if it is, they may shoot it
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by separating the animal from any cover. They then place the machine between it and safety; chase the animal to an area that they may decide is safe enough to let the client out to take a shot. Usually the animal is so exhausted it has given up and is very easy to shoot, or, if it is an area that is too steep to shoot from the ground, they will dispatch the animal from the machine, sometimes with a rifle but usually with a shotgun. If it is not big enough they will leave it to be harassed by the next heli-hunter. The next one may be later that day or the next day. I have had reports from taxidermists that a number of clients trophies have evidence of buckshot in the tops of their shoulders and their backs; no prizes for guessing where the client was sitting when the trophy was taken. The downside to this is the animals are being well-educated to disappear at the sound of helicopters. With this sort of intrusion daily, it is not surprising at the end of the AATH season, when the helicopters come back to fulfil their obligations to the Department of Conservation to shoot five females for every bull taken, that the animals are extremely difficult to find. One of two things will happen: 1. 2. They will fly outside the wilderness areas and shoot the quota on other conservation land, or They will not be able to comply with the requirements of their permits as happened last year, where the cost of running the helicopter was too expensive and so a very low ratio was met.

In my opinion no heli-operator is going to shoot the goose that lays the golden egg so they are not going to shoot the females out in any area that attracts their trophy males, as this is where the money is. If the Department of Conservation was serious about wild animal control in the wilderness areas they would target females and juveniles in a legitimate wild animal control operation, using a helicopter at irregular intervals with a follow up in between times using ground based hunters. This has been proven as a successful method in the past. Wilderness areas were put aside for everybody in the country to use at their will, with as little intrusion as possible from outside influences, and free from commercial activities. This has been seriously compromised with AATH activities increasing daily. Climbers are very much at risk from the vibrations of the helicopters setting off avalanches and foot traffic is at danger of not being seen by shooters shooting from the helicopters. I am very afraid there is going to be a serious incident before anyone in authority takes us seriously. About the time of the AATH hearings in Christchurch, a judicial review was taken out against the decision made by the Hon Peter Dunne in respect to the heli-hunting in wilderness areas; so we live in hope that the judge will see that this activity is overriding the egalitarian rights of all New Zealanders to enjoy the wilderness areas in the spirit that they were created for. I would like to finish be thanking and congratulating every single person in New Zealand that put pen to paper and wrote a submission against AATH; together we will continue to make sure there is future for hunters in this country.


Michael Dowling, Chairperson

Dear Members
This column is an update on the Councils activities so far this year. We have been involved in one small radio interview in regard to the recent hunting accidents. Over the last four months we have been lobbying parliament with updated research in regard to firearms safety in New Zealand. This month will see the fourth message sent to the members of parliament. We are planning another two messages over the coming months. We are in the process of drafting a guide for firearm owners to use in approaching their local member, after we have completed the centralised lobbying. We have met twice with police this year to progress our discussion on police policy. We are preparing to present information at the United Nations (UN) on the how successful New Zealand firearms legislation has been to highlight how successful our risk management has been relative to the enforcement cost when compared with other states. We are also preparing an open letter to the UN in relation to the proposed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This is due for discussion in July of this year and will then feed into the review of the Program of Action (PoA) in August. It is our intent to represent a positive view on the benefit of appropriate firearms controls. While it would be ideal to be present at both discussions we believe it is prudent to only be present at one. At this time it is felt our efforts are best put into the Program of Action review as this is likely to cover the work that has been done over the last four years on standardising all levels of firearms legislation, not just the transfer between states. If you have any thoughts or feedback please email me at

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Further research from Australia, specifically New South Wales (NSW), questions if there is a link between the number of legally owned firearms in a community and the number of firearms reported stolen. It is relevant to consider Australia, where the requirements on Australian firearms owners are greater than New Zealand, to ascertain if a more restrictive firearms ownership environment reflects a lower rate of firearms related crime. The NSW report states that the number of firearms legally owned has increased over the 10 years from 2001 to 2011. However the number of firearms stolen from the pool of legal firearms has decreased. Table 1: Stolen firearms as a percentage of registered firearms^
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Number registered 619,643 641,468 653,834 647,138 649,467 658,808 672,957 691,724 730,420 748,216 758,802* Number stolen 815 799 718 514 531 449 560 472 550 569 433** Stolen as % of registered 0.137 0.125 0.110 0.079 0.082 0.068 0.083 0.068 0.075 0.076 0.057

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^Accuracy of firearms registry figures could not be independently verified *At August 2011 **At 6 September 2011


This shows the number of firearms in a community does not directly relate to the number of firearm thefts. The reasons for the trend are not discussed, but could be as a result of increasing security requirement reducing the opportunity for theft. Either way, it dispels the myth that legally owned firearms present in the community feed into the criminal community, either by theft or transfer. I then looked further into the NSW experience looking at the New South Wales Crime Statistics for 2001 and 2011 at -http://www. latest_quarterly_and_annual_reports I looked specifically at the robbery statistics, on the assumption that the most common use for a firearm by a criminal would be to commit a robbery. It was interesting to find the following:
2001 2011


Dear Editor In issue 176 the topical subject of the Game Animal Council Bill was mentioned in the National Presidents column and letters to the editor. It would be wise at this time to pause and take stock. The point raised by Tony Orman over Fish and Game, tied to a statute (law passed by Parliament), is relevant. There are cases such as hydroelectricity threats to both the Arnold and Mokihinui Rivers where Fish and Game did not object. This is very disappointing but may be understandable, if not right, that Fish and Game feels responsible more to the Minister because of its set-up under the Conservation Law Reform Act. The current situation with game animals is not good with DOCs support for heli-hunting and the unbridled use of toxins such as brodifacoum and 1080. DOC does nothing to curb spot lighters who are shooters, not hunters. DOC encourages hunters to shoot a maximum of deer. DOCs hunting permit system is absurd, issuing permits for whole conservancies or whole islands! Instead, what if DOC encouraged hunters to not shoot hinds from November (fawn birth time), through to April? Imagine if DOC released the right blood line quality stags to boost genetics? If only we could get game management introduced as is done in almost every other country. The fundamental idea behind the Game Animal Council Bill is excellent. Game management with planned harvests is badly needed. But will the workings of the proposed game council law with a statutory body, see the hunting public hog tied and advisory only as Tony Orman put it? I have worked in a government department (NZ Forest Service) and understand how the bureaucrats think and can (and often work to) manipulate. So it comes as no surprise the council will be responsible to the Minister of Conservation who will be advised or is it told by the department. It appears the council will have several other groups from Federated Farmers to safari park, game estates, deer farmers and other groups; so recreational hunting could be in the minority. The council will be advisory only. Submissions have closed but political inertia is common. Hunters can still lobby MPs. Look up the wording and clauses of the bill. Tell your MP what you think. Make sure you read the fine print! Laurie Collins Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust

Robbery without a weapon Robbery with a firearm Robbery with a weapon other than a firearm

7,990 880 4,290

3,000 361 1,493

In the 10 years from 2001 to 2011 the number of registered firearms had increased by 138,859, or 22%, but the number of incidents where a firearm was used in a robbery had decreased by 41%. Over this time there have been changes in processes, eg reduced money handling in retail and banking sectors. So it would seem, reduced opportunity to commit robbery has contributed more to reducing crime, despite the increasing number of firearms in NSW. This is important, as Australia embarked on an expensive buy back scheme attempting to reduce the number of firearms in communities. This has clearly been wasted money as there are now more firearms in Australia than prior to the buy back. While this could be considered simplistic analysis, there is no substantial evidence to indicate that increasing controls on law abiding citizens changes the behaviour of those that choose to ignore the law. Rather reducing the opportunity to commit crime reduces crime. The population of New Zealand is smaller than New South Wales, around 60%. Statistics available publicly in New Zealand from the Statistics New Zealand and New Zealand Police do not separate the use of a weapon from robbery statistics, so it is not possible see the same trends. However based on information in the New Zealand Police Statistics - official_stats.pdf, the New Zealand rate of robbery is slightly lower at 5.3 per 10,000 of population versus New South Wales at 6.7 per 10,000 of population in 2011.

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Dear Editor It is with concern and sadness we hear from time to time of the serious accidents you experience. As a suggestion could more noticeable head gear be worn? As I look at the national road cones I visualise something like that. Tall, sharp and brightly coloured. All the best to your association. Dr J T McInnes, Oamaru

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Why are they always at the bottom of the hill?

lIFe shOulD NOt be All WOrk

Bill OLeary, National Coordinator, HUNTS

Where DID AutumN GO?

March to May should be untouchable if you are a hunter, but somehow our diaries get full of appointments we commit to in a succession of weak moments. The result is that we limit the time we can spend on the hill or out duck shooting. We get little sympathy from our closest and dearest, who in my experience, categorise the situation as self inflicted and easily solved. The consolation in my case is that I see other HUNTS instructors in the same position and get to commiserate with them as I travel round the country a problem shared etc. This autumn the new approach to training HUNTS instructors took me to Porirua in April for a range officer course and then on to Taumarunui for a new instructor induction course. The training program ran over two weekends and included a risk management course with river safety and range officer training. On the second weekend we spent two days on both the theoretical and practical elements of running a hunting activity. This included reconnaissance of a hunting area, glassing, target identification, field dressing and butchering and the culminating BBQ. The training included members from Porirua, Central King Country and Hutt Valley, with Taihape and Tracy Wakeford (MSC) along for the range officer component. This approach to introducing new instructors to the HUNTS program was pretty concentrated but provided opportunity to role model instructional technique as well as expose instructors to the breadth and content of the HUNTS syllabus. It has also provided an opportunity for adjacent branches to network and scope the opportunities for shared training and activities both HUNTS specific and range shooting. Feedback to date has been totally positive and the approach will be repeated elsewhere. I must go on record that Central King Country set a standard for hospitality that will be hard to beat. One advantage of being on the road for an extended period is the opportunity to drop in on widespread instructors; to discuss with Roger Thorne the reestablishment of HUNTS in Kapiti, to move rifles to Manawatu (Paul and Jim), catch up with Rotorua (Murray and Cliff), Mark Bridgman, (Sika Show) in Taupo, and attend branch meetings at Rotorua and Wairarapa. Down here in the south Gordon McKenzie (Nelson) has run the bush and navigation phases of his youth course and the adult course is due to start. Rakaia are waiting on access to a hunting area and Southland, North Canterbury and South Canterbury are recruiting. At a national level, the discussions with MSC should have produced a result by the time this goes to print and the range officer program is heading into its first three year revalidation more about this later. Were any shots fired in anger over the autumn?
Range Officer course for Porirua and Hutt members. Note the very cold NZDA CEO

The moment of truth a Nelson HUNTS trainee all concentration for his first hunting shot

Mike Peacock coaching a HUNTS trainee in the supported standing position.

animal ended up at the bottom of a gully. I also managed to get a Sika spiker in the bush and Murray Robson carried the hindquarters out to the vehicle. There is a moral here - Life is not all work, as long as you go hunting with younger guys.

Bill OLeary National Coordinator, HUNTS

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Ian Cooksley is DOCs National Hunting Advisor. This is a role that is focussed on encouraging hunting and improving the hunting experience. Prior to this for 13 years Ian was the DOC area manager for Kapiti Contact details: 717 Tremaine Avenue, Palmerston North 4414 Private Bag 11010, Palmerston North 4442 Telephone (06) 350 9705 Email
The Motutapere Hut working bee group

Since my appointment to the position of National Hunting Advisor in July last year, I have been caught up in the Departments current restructuring of conservancy and national office support staff. This has meant that although I have continued working on internal hunting issues and answering hunter queries, I have been reluctant to enter into commitments that I may have been unable to honour. The fact that the Department has recently reconfirmed its commitment to the National Hunting Advisor position, should be an indication to the recreational hunting fraternity, that there is a genuine desire to foster relationships between the Department and hunting groups.

What could be described as an indirect benefit project is the ongoing commitment of the Manawatu Branch to whio protection in the Ruahine Ranges. Recently the branch was successful in obtaining a grant from Horizons Regional Council to purchase some self setting stoat traps to extend protection of Ruahine whio to the Pohangina River. Both of the above are examples of hunters giving up their valuable time, often for the wider community benefit. I would be grateful for any information on any similar projects that hunters are involved in.

endangers others, says DOC National Hunting Advisor Ian Cooksley. The approach of the Easter Weekend and school holidays also coincides with the annual deer 'roar' or 'rut' which means an increase in the number of people using conservation areas for hunting, walking, hut stays and camping. Hunters are warned that if they are found to be breaking the rules and putting people at risk the Department will take action. Hunters are also reminded to follow the firearms safety code at all times. The warning comes following a number of recent cases of illegal spotlighting that have been through the courts, including a recent incident near a campground in the Bay of Plenty region and the incident where Rosemary Ives was fatally shot at a DOC campground near Turangi. DOC has been working closely with the New Zealand Police and undertaking operations in some areas to try to tackle the problem of illegal night hunting. However, DOC acknowledges that most hunters are responsible and abide by the rules. Information on safe hunting practices around walks, huts and campgrounds and hunting permits is readily available on the DOC website at - there is also a detailed list of special conditions for specific hunting areas across the country. Anyone who sees hunting activity at night on conservation land should contact the New Zealand Police immediately or call the DOC hotline on 0800DOCHOT.

ONlINe permIt system

A recent upgrade to the online permit system has added the ability for hunting permit holders to be automatically emailed changes to hunting areas or other alerts. When you apply for a hunting permit you can authorise DOC to email you information relevant to hunting. In ticking the authorisation box you will be added to a mailing list for the permit areas you have applied for.

mutuAl beNeFIts
One facet of the relationship that I would like to highlight within the Department, is the mutual benefit that can often result, especially at a local level. Up and down the country hunting groups are engaged in projects that can be expressed as having direct or indirect benefit to the groups concerned. An example of a direct benefit project is the recent maintenance work undertaken by members of the Thames Valley and Bay of Plenty Branches of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association to Motutapere Hut in the Kaimai Ranges. This work builds on three previous major hut maintenance working bees, between DOC and local hunters. Just last year the Kauritatahi Hut, (with the finest view from any hut in the district), received a makeover that included a new deck, roof and cladding. In addition to helping with refurbishment of the hut, hunters are helping to maintain tracks to and from the hut, as well as regular hut inspections.

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DOC urges hunters to refrain from illegal spotlighting The Department of Conservation is urging hunters to adhere to their permit conditions and refrain from illegal spotlighting on conservation land. Hunting in darkness hours, or 'spotlighting', is prohibited on conservation managed land because of the serious risk it poses to other people using these areas. Hunting after dark is not permitted which is clearly stated on all DOC hunting permits and to do so is irresponsible and recklessly

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huNters lIFe sAveD

By Alain Jorion, Direct Branch

by eastland helicopter rescue trust

I would like to sincerely thank the Eastland Community Trust (ECT) rescue helicopter crew and St John medics who saved the life of my hunting buddy on Saturday 31st March 2012. Without them and all the kind people of our area who have donated money to make this incredible service possible, many victims of accidents would not be with us today. On this occasion I was truly tested and made aware of my unpreparedness in a critical situation. Being the hunting season and the start of the roar John invited me to go with him and try our luck. We were both keen hunters and had enjoyed the sport for a life time. We were older hunters, John, 61 and I, 68. John was a big strong man but I had lost a lung to cancer three years previously, yet had never been a smoker. John, in fact was looking after me. We had taken a quad bike to the back of a large property and I was sitting on the side of the four wheeler bike as we climbed far into the hinterland back country, hoping to hear deer roaring. We never saw any deer so prepared mid morning to come home. I would like readers to think about what happened next, as my friend John would

have certainly died. I had never experienced a life threatening situation before. We were lucky, and certainly, lessons can be learnt. This could happen to you!

Alain Jorion and John Sheridon (Photo courtesy of Gisborne Herald photography department) which was very frightening due to the amount of blood that flowed. Boots came off and the trousers and wet weather gear pulled down. Below the knee there was a bad wound. Using some string that I happened to have, I applied a tourniquet. I knew John had a cell phone, but alas, I had never bothered to learn how to operate one. John, now semi-conscious and told me to dial 111. Having a cell phone was the first part that saved Johns life. While John drifted in and out of consciousness, I was questioned by the 111 operators as to our whereabouts. I insisted a helicopter was the only way we could save John as it was extremely remote. Having explained we were hunters and my companion was bleeding profusely, they asked if he was shot. He was not. This was an old injury where a horse had kicked him years ago. It had not healed but doctors were waiting for the wound to get smaller before they gave him a skin graft. To make matters worse, John was on a blood thinning medication. In the meantime we were in heavy fog and there was a good chance the ECT rescue helicopter would not find us. I gave some very good instructions of where to find the track we had climbed and to follow that to where we were waiting on a ridge. John was able to pass on to me the rural rapid number of where the station was located on the road. This was an important piece of information.
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As already stated, John was a very strong man and had managed large stations and hunted all his life. I had hunted for 50 years but now having only one lung prevents me climbing up hills like I used to. We had finished hunting and were just about to make our way back down the track to where we had left the bike some 500 metres further down the hill when John gave a few roars in case a stag may reply. He had a smoke while we listened. It was then that I noticed a huge pool of blood coming out of the bottom of the legging of Johns wet weather overalls. His boot was full of blood and there was about a metre of wet grass covered in blood where he stood. I was unaware of any medical condition and brought Johns attention to the problem. He saw the blood and collapsed. I was horrified, what do I do? I shook his arm and tried to ask John what was going on. He was completely unconscious, making groans like I had never heard before and his eyes were rolling. After some minutes John mumbled to me to get the overalls off and to try and stop the bleeding,

the ultimate joy of seeing them arrive, brought tears to my eyes

(Photo courtesy Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust)


Help arrives (Photo courtesy Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust)

The pilots seat (Photo courtesy Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust) Luckily, John had collapsed on top of the ridge in the only place a helicopter could land, all be it very small. Neil Dodds (Doddsy as they call him) was extremely good in his instructions as coordinator and I was to ring him back on his cell phone if they got lost trying to find us. I used the lead tip of a bullet to write the number down. After what seemed a long time, the helicopters motor could be heard. John was barely with us and unable to move. I waved the hunting jackets madly hoping the helicopter crew could see us as they slowly flew their way up the track, and the ultimate joy of seeing them arrive, brought tears to my eyes. Incredibly, and luckily, the mist partly cleared just as they were arriving and a sunlit window of opportunity enabled them to spot us. The crew immediately dealt with John and stabilised him. He was very close to death. Being a big man we had trouble getting him on the chopper, so a stretcher was assembled to be able to lift him on board. John was in a terrible way. The leg bled heavily again but the medics soon dealt to that. His body was shutting down and his blood pressure was very low. As I walked down the track to ride Johns bike back I was shaking, but so happy knowing John was being flown direct to the Gisborne Hospital. In hospital John required four litres of saline solution, four litres of blood and other transfusions. They also cauterised the wound and arranged for a plastic surgeon to see him as soon as possible. There is no doubt that the rescue helicopter crew and St John medics certainly saved Johns life. This article has been written to explain to people how to be best prepared. John would certainly have died if we did not have a helicopter to rescue him. Again I wish to thank the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust for providing such a fantastic crew and helicopter and thank the community who help to fund it. I would also like people to donate something to the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust or any other such rescue trust if you can. They are our good people who do save lives, so help them. Hunters, trampers, boaties and the like should always carry a cell phone and know how to use it. However, be aware that there is no coverage in some remote areas. Better still, Neil Doddsy Dodds told me Hunting and Fishing hire EPIRBs or Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacons. All you have to do is

press a button and your location coordinates are relayed by satellite, indicating exactly where you are in trouble. If you do nothing else, they will find you. I will surely buy one and I will always carry one in the future. A drama like this sure woke me up. Let other people know where you are going. Both our wives were visiting shows in Hawkes Bay. (see Editors notes) So this was a story with a good ending, but only with a lot of luck. I was not familiar with cell phones, had no EPIRB and panicked when my buddy almost bled out and passed away. I could have never shifted him and if I had run for help, it would have been too late. It was certainly a close shave. Thanks so much again to the Eastland Community Trust, the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust, St John staff, hospital staff, the police and all those who were an integral part in saving Johns life. Editors note: Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) also do the same job. NZDA has a members only deal and should contact the National Office for details. Consider using where you can complete an intentions form on line.

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WIlD GAme ANOther AspeCt reD Deer ODDmeNts

By D Bruce Banwell
Every now and then old trophy Red deer antlers turn up from sheds, stables and many other sources. Many have been taken during those initial years of deerstalking under licence, a number of which cannot be identified as to who shot the animal, the year taken or from which area they were secured. Quite recently a friend of mine, John Walsh of Blenheim, arrived at my home with such a specimen with some very interesting data written on the back of the shield on which it was mounted. Unfortunately, the date quoted fails to tie up with any liberation or period of establishment regarding Red deer in New Zealand, although according to John there were rumours within the family which held it suggesting it had been poached. Evidently, it was claimed the head was kept out of sight for years because of the embarrassment it presented. The citation entered on the reverse of the shield reads: Shot by F Goodwin, district unknown, thought to be Hanmer area, June 1870. These facts open the door, so to speak, to at least three interesting points. The name Goodwin has cropped up in the annals of New Zealand deerstalking on several occasions and concerning more than one person. H Goodwin, who was still alive when I was researching the Otago herd back in the 1960s, was living at that time in Timaru. He was a successful sportsman in the Otago/South Westland area during those halcyon days of the great Otago herd, securing two of the fine heads produced by that herd, in particular one from the Mount Brewster area above Mule Valley, or upper reaches of the Haast. The name also crops up in the records of Canterbury stalking during those early years and with an alternative initial. Obviously there were several Bruce Wrights book sportsmen by that name at the period in question. The first successful liberation of Red deer in New Zealand was at Nelson in 1861; the only introduction prior to that occasion being a lone stag at Nelson in 1856 which was found dead before the successful project took place. As can be seen by the photograph, the configuration of the antlers does not suggest early Nelson breeding. Besides, claimed to have been taken near Hanmer in North Canterbury some ten years after the first successful liberation at Nelson and two years

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earlier than the second liberation in Otago. The spread southwards from Nelson was extremely slow which causes one to suggest that the date quoted is incorrect. With a number of subsequent releases into the Nelson herd including a number on the periphery of the expanding herd later over a wide area of country and of several different genetic sources, could be responsible for the rather conventional configuration and the fact that the date claimed could be up to twenty years out. Perhaps some reader may know something further about this obviously very old trophy and if so, the writer would like to hear about it ( About a year ago another acquaintance, Bruce Wright of Christchurch, privately published a small book styled Wright goes West, covering his experiences as a hunter on the West Coast and other areas and including his time as a helicopter shooter. This interesting publication covers some country hitherto missing from the available literature on the subject. It has proved popular and Bruce has sold a good number of copies. Because it was published privately, should any reader wish to add a copy to their library, they can contact the author, Bruce Wright, Flat A, 44 Delaware Crescent, Avonhead, Christchurch, sending him the cost

plus postage of $40. A number of inquiries and questions regarding deer from both here and overseas are regularly received by the writer. A recent example from the Netherlands referred to me by the British Museum of Natural History, related to a fossil piece of Red deer skull on which the antler appeared to have been sawn off. Evidently it had been unearthed somewhere near Arnhem, the town made famous by the epic British endeavour to hold the bridge (the film A Bridge too Far) during 1944 for the advancing Allies. The question was whether I considered it to be a natural phenomenon, or alternatively, the result of the hand of man. Evidently it had been carbon-dated and was from a period of some 10,000 years ago. In my opinion it had been sawn off, probably back in Neolithic times when it is known Red deer antler was a favoured and valuable material for the making of digging tools, the main beam providing the shaft, the brow tine the pick-head. Such evidence is common across Europe, Grimes Graves in Norfolk a prime example where antler picks were used to mine flint in pits. The interesting point which arises from this evidence of the past is that deer farming is not a modern concept and that it was

practiced millenniums ago. Evidence discovered proves that back in Neolithic times deer were domesticated and utilised for the benefit of man. Red deer in particular were so important to these ancient peoples that modern research methods have proved Red deer have been transported from countries where they are definitely indigenous, to countries where they once did not exist, but where they are considered to be native today and have been present there for thousands of years. A number of mammals present on the mainland of Britain, for example, are not found in Ireland, Roe deer being one obvious case in point. It is now believed the Irish Red deer was probably taken there by early Celtic peoples from Scotland. Although Red deer are absent from the Orkney and Shetland Islands today, they were present there a few thousand years ago and absent prior to that again. Once again it seems they were taken there from Scotland. Even more astounding is the theory that the Red deer of the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia display signs of having originated from Eastern Europe! As a result, the acclimatisation of deer to areas where they did not previously exist is not a modern concept.

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Deer hAve remArkAble seNses

by Tony Orman, Wellington Branch The other day a friend was out hunting in the Seaward Kaikoura Range and was just sitting enjoying watching a Red deer hind and its fawn, a hundred metres away and below him. Dave had no wish to shoot a hind, the main breeding stock and was just content to admire the deer. Suddenly the hinds head shot up and she stared skywards. Dave was puzzled by the hinds sudden alertness. A significant time later - probably 30 seconds or more - Dave heard a helicopter approaching. So that was what the hind had heard he mused. But the hind did not make for cover. She went back to feeding. The deer seemed to know the helicopter was no threat for it was one from the whale watching tourist operation, throbbing its way overhead to give tourists a view of the spectacular mountains and the nesting place of the Hutton shearwater birds. The helicopter passed from view and the noise disappeared. A quarter of an hour later, Dave, still watching, saw the hind suddenly put her head up and stare northwards. Her ears were forward, pricked and questioning, she stood erect and tensed. Perhaps twenty seconds or half a minute later, Dave heard the faint throb of an approaching helicopter and then through binoculars, saw the speck in the sky with a load suspended beneath it. The helicopter was carrying two wild deer, both dead and slung underneath. The hind wasted no time. Although the helicopter was a kilometre away and high in the sky, she quickly led her youngster into cover. The helicopter, Dave recognised, as that of a commercial deer operator, one whose indiscriminate, cruel, mass killings had angered both hunters and farmers. But the point was the hind, distinguished by sound, which helicopter was a threat and

which meant no harm. Theyre smart animals, said Dave in telling me. It stands to reason, I replied. After all, a dog can distinguish the engine note of an owners car when it is coming down the road to home. But hunters dont think of wild animals and particularly deer in the same light. yet deer have remarkable senses. A few years ago, Dr Andrew Allen writing in the UK magazine Shooting Times and Country wrote, If you can just hear a watch ticking when it is 1.5 metres from your ear, a deer can hear the same watch ticking from about 25 metres away. So that makes their hearing at least 10 times better than ours, more so if youre half deaf like me! A deers sense of smell has been rated at one million times better than a humans while their eyesight is incredibly adept at picking up movement. Dr Allen wrote the tiny visual lobes of the deers eyes are packed full of movement detectors - even if a well camouflaged stalker moves very slightly, a hair triggered movement somewhere in the deers brain will fire and alarm bells will begin ringing. While a hunter is moving, as Dr Andrew Allen pointed out, the deer is quick to pick the movement, even at long distances. A hunter, sitting, watching and waiting is unlikely to be detected by deer. Theres a lesson in that. Deer are smart and wary. Their senses are so much better than those of a hunter. While their eyesight, in picking movement, as Dr Allen pointed out, is far better than ours, it is arguably in general, inferior. Fraser Darling in his classic 1937 book A Herd of Red deer wrote, the vision of deer is most probably inferior to that of man.

A stag close to cover

Deer for instance, are not good at identifying stationary objects. And one authority said that beyond 20 metres, it (a deer) cannot distinguish a stationary man from a lamp post - or a tree. Deer do not have the colour vision as humans do. But as Dr Allen said, Fraser Darling wrote the sight of deer is exceedingly acute to movement up to long distances and in this way they are superior to most men. Even at short distances, deer pick the slightest movement up. Fraser Darling said, if deer are within 70 metres, the movement of a hunters eyes can be picked up by the deer. The eye and its movement are quite enough to shift deer. Deer can see better than us in half light or near darkness. Plus let anything move and the deer instantly homes in on it with intense focus. The deer is very quick to detect movement and can amazingly distinguish the movements from insignificant background movements of blowing leaves or foliage. So whats the message for the hunter in this? Simply minimise your movement. Spend more time sitting still and do much more looking. I know I should. Then there is the deers nose. Fraser Darling emphasised how acute the deers sense of smell is. He wrote This is by far the most meaningful sense in the lives of the Red deer. Their reliance on the information it conveys is absolute. When for example, deer smell man, they do not wait for confirmation of the fact by

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The hind (right) is not waiting around

geese, a startled hare or the warning cry of a cock quail will alert deer and may make them at least uneasy or cause them to move into cover. So overall, the moral is to hunt into the breeze, go quietly and limit your movement. One hunter I met many years ago in the hills in Hawkes Bay, used to just sit in a stand he had built up a tree, near an area of a small grassed flat beside a creek. Sometimes he took a western paperback along. Old Gil explained to me, you know, most hunters spend too much time moving about. Deer pick up movement in a flash. I take it easy and take plenty of spells, stopping often and just looking. you know I see more deer now than when I was always hurrying. He told me of a recent morning in his tree stand. Gil had been feeling a bit seedy so he sat in his tree stand and while waiting, read a paperback western. After a couple of hours a couple of hunters passed by but they never saw Gil above them. Half an hour later they came back as noisy as ever. Gil went back to his book. About a quarter of an hour later Gil saw a movement out of the corner of his eye. It was a plump young Jap spiker just poking out for a drink. I pointed the rifle in the right direction and bowled it, chuckled Gil.

the exercise of other senses, they move away. Another authority rates the deers sense of smell as roughly a million times keener than ours. Recently I was carefully hunting along a forested creek with grassy edges in the Nelson Lakes area. The breeze was very faint, really not a breeze. But it was fussy and finicky, first one way and then the other. As I eased up a rise and looked through a dead fallen tree to a grassy glade among the beech trees, I spotted a deer just 20 metres away. Was it a hind or not? I wont take an adult hind. I waited and then spotted another movement. Now thats a hind I thought. Probably the first deer was a yearling, but I wasnt entirely sure so I waited some more. Then I felt the fickle air drift brush my neck.

The reaction of the hind was instantaneous. As the first whiff of human scent reached her, the head came up. And as Fraser Darling said they do not wait for confirmation. Hunting has to adapted to respect these senses. Naturally hunting into the wind, breeze or air drift is a must. However it must be acknowledged that sometimes, the wind swirls about in all directions, sometimes in the hunters face then next moment, coming in behind. On those days, the wind rather than the deer probably beats the hunter. Deer can pick up a scent almost a kilometre away. They also react to warning alarm bells in the wilds. Deer are intelligent and quickly associate certain events with danger. The sound or sight of paradise duck, Canada


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use AND CAre OF stOres IN the FIelD

Editors note: These tips were originally part published in New Zealand Wildlife issue 26 as part of a series entitled Camp Cookery written by D M Cowlin. While parts may be a little out of date, the basics are very much still applicable in making the camp stores last as long as possible. When two or three men are working in an area for up to three months, emphasis on the full use of all supplies and care in their preparation cannot be overstressed. At the same time, each man must be prepared to make a good job of cooking a meal and also make allowances for the likes and dislikes of his companions. Stores, especially those supplied by air drop, are calculated on a rationing basis and common sense must be exercised to make sure that the food lasts for the required period. BACON: As for fresh meat. Should be kept well covered and free from vermin and insects. BAKING POWDER: Keep with lid on tight and store upside down for best results. This prevents moisture entering round the lid. Moisture destroys baking powders rising effect. BARLEY: Keep vermin proof and in an airtight container. Main uses are in soups and stews - use sparingly as like rice, a little goes a long way. BISCUITS (service): Should be kept in a tin with the lid tightly closed. BREADS AND CAKES: Store in an airtight tin if possible. Always allow to cool off to room temperature after cooking before placing in tins. BUTTER: When provided in bulk to last over several months, a good method of storing is to pack in tins with a 2-inch layer of flour to act as an insulator. This keeps the butter at constant temperature and prevents deterioration. This could also apply to margarine. CANNED FOODS: See under tinned foods. CHEESE: If supplied in tins, once opened it must be used; otherwise stored in vermin and fly proof containers in cool spot. COCOA: Keep in dry vermin proof container. COFFEE GROUNDS: Keep in dry vermin proof container. Use sparingly as this is very expensive. Unlike tea, coffee can be reheated and used several times. For best results place 1 teaspoon of grounds per mug in cold water and bring to boil - allow to boil for 2 minutes before serving. Top up with more water as required. CURRY POWDER: Keep in dry place. Used as a flavouring in meat or rice dishes. Use sparingly according to taste. Curry is very hot. CUSTARD POWDER: Keep vermin proof. For best results refer to instructions on packet. Served with stewed fruit and sweets. DEHYDRATED FOODS: Store in airtight tins. DRIED FRUITS: Keep vermin proof. DRIPPING: After preparation of foods, good clean dripping should be preserved in a clean airtight tin. Dripping can be bought in tins unopened will keep 6 months in a cool place. Do not use dripping more than three times. With an opened tin, let your nose be the judge. If doubtful - discard. FLOUR: Main use in the field is bread making. Must be stored in vermin proof container - an airtight tin is best. Watch for weevil strike. HERBS (dried): Keep in dry place. MIXED HERBS are used for flavouring stews and meat dishes. MIXED SPICE is used in baking scones, buns, etc to enhance the flavour. HONEY: Store in a vermin-proof container and away from wasps. JAM: Tins of jam when in use should have the lids opened right up to prevent insects crawling in undetected. When not in use keep covered and away from flies and vermin. LEFT - OVERS: Be cautious about reheating cooked foods especially meat. If it is more than 24 hours old discard it as there is a danger of food poisoning.

MACARONI: Keep vermin proof. Good served with stews. MEAT (fresh): See bacon. MEAT (tinned): Store in cool place. MILK (condensed): Should have lid opened right up for use. If just two punctures are made on opposite sides of the lid, as is commonly done, flies, wasps etc. can crawl in and drown undetected. Store in a cool place. MILK (powder): Store with the lid tightly on the container. This prevents the entry of moisture, which causes rapid deterioration. For a good mix, always follow the printed instructions carefully. OATMEAL: Keep vermin proof. Check periodically for weevil strike. ONIONS: Same as for potatoes. PEPPER: Keep in dry place. POTATO POWDER: This keeps extremely well, but watch for weevil strike. Keep lid closed when not in use. For best results l refer to instructions on the tin. Can be used as a thickener for stews and gravies. POTATOES: lf supplied by air drop, should be unpacked immediately and sorted. Those with cracks and bruises should be set aside for immediate use and the rest packed in straw and kept in a dry spot. Any sprouts forming should be periodically removed. RICE: Must be kept vermin proof. Careful preparation is necessary because rice plays a big part in back country diet. SALT: Keep in a cool dry spot and vermin proof. Vermin will not eat it, but can foul it. SOAP: Plenty of soap is supplied for personal washing and the dishes and it should be used freely. Keep it away from rats and mice as they will not hesitate in eating it. SOUP MIX: Keep vermin proof. Use sparingly in soups and stews. Too much will spoil the flavour of the soup or stew. Allow approximately 1 tablespoon per quart (about 2 litres) of soup or stew. SOUP (powder): Should be kept vermin proof. Excellent for flavouring stews and gravies. SUGAR: Keep vermin proof and away from wasps in a dry place. TEA (loose): Keep in a dry place. Keep a billy especially for tea making. Allow 2 teaspoons per mug and two extra for the billy. Pour boiling water over the tea. Do not put the tea over the water. Allow to settle in its own time. TINNED FOODS: Never use foodstuffs from cans that have been leaking or if any foodstuffs in cans do not look or smell quite right - discard them. Do not take the risk - a doctor is a long way off! Empty tins should be burned clean or buried to avoid attracting flies and vermin to the camp. VEGETABLES (fresh): Keep in a box in a dry spot. Better still, pack loosely in straw. Check periodically and discard any which show signs of deterioration, if this is not done, rot will spread through them all. VEGETABLES (tinned): Store tins in cool place. WATER SUPPLY: This is safe to drink from any running mountain stream - be cautious of still tarns as they can be fouled by animals. If doubtful boil for at least 20 minutes before use. There is little fear of typhoid or typhus in the mountains, but severe attacks of diarrhoea can result from using fouled water. YEAST: Keep in a cool, dry spot. Check the date stamp on the bottle before use.

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the mOst uNluCky stAG IN the rOAr

By Neil Cowie, Upper Clutha Branch

We decided to call him Dopey. For reasons only known to stags, Dopey decided to beat up a toetoe bush, and lost.
Our hunting party of three were being taken by chopper to our campsite on a bush clearing, and on approach, saw a live stag tangled in a toetoe. The pilot circled the struggling beast and I thought he would break free any moment. Well, we landed, unloaded, chopper departed, and the deer was still tied up. Lets get some photos. One said, Im not going to shoot a tethered deer. But I am not too proud, because one had to do the humane thing and put it out of its misery. A deer in the hand is worth two in the bush, I reasoned.

he was up and down

circling one way then the other.

We rushed over to get closer and he was up and down, circling one way then the other, as we took pictures. Any moment I thought he might break free. The .270 was up at the ready. When the photo shoot was over, a neck shot stopped dancing Dopey. We thought he was a spiker, but when we got closer, we discovered he was a large young 10-pointer. Given the state of the grass around the toetoe he had possibly only been hung up for three to four hours. The chances of Red deer getting hung up by their antlers are not that common. But to get discovered and shot in the first few hours of being tangled must be rare. Not only that, to shoot a stag four minutes after landing for your roar hunt would also be rare these days. We did get a shot at another stag a few days later, but a foggy scope and a small branch, foiled that. This stag we named Lucky. Still, it was an historic trip, and we have all of Dopeys venison to add to our photographic record. Without the photos, you wouldnt believe my story, would you?
Well and truly tangled in the toitoi! Instead of a spiker a nice young 10-pointer Where do I start?

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shOOtING IN CANterbury
By Ben Sut ton, 13-years-old, Mt Somers
Josh, 11-years-old, with his hare taken on Hakatere Station. Could the grin be any bigger?

At the end of the school summer term in England, Josh and Ben Sutton came to New Zealand for the first time on holiday with their mother. They were excited at the prospect of shooting a proper rifle for the first time and were taken out possum hunting by the local teacher Mr Brazier (Mr B). This is Bens recount of the night: It was 7.30 pm and I needed to get ready to go shooting. I got my thermals on because it was going to be cold - only a few days ago I was enjoying 24 degrees celsius in England. After gathering the last few things - gloves, hat and torch - I was told I would be using a 20-gauge shotgun and my brother a .22RF rifle. At 8.00 pm we were ready to go, I couldnt wait, because Id only shot at targets with an air rifle before. As I stepped outside, the icy cold weather hit me on the little bit of bare skin around my eyes as I tucked my chin down into my scarf. Mr B had on one of the head torches and my brother had the other. As we started walking into the pitch black, the lights and warmth of the house seemed a long way off. The sky was really black and the stars were very bright, Mr B showed us the Southern Cross constellation. I began to feel like a proper hunter as we walked around the back of some farm buildings. Suddenly we heard a terrible noise, like cats being strangled. Then THUMP, THUMP, THUMP what was that? We shone a light towards the roof and immediately saw a pair of eyes. A shiver went down my spine as if Id just seen a ghost. There in the torchlight was a pair of orange eyes. Id just seen my first possum! My brother checked that the safety catch was on and quickly cocked the rifle, he took aim but then the possum jumped off the shed roof and onto a branch. Mr B told Josh Take a breath, breathe out and squeeze the trigger. Fire! I shouted. I heard the safety catch click off and there were two sickly seconds as I prepared myself for the bang. BANG! He just missed. Again Mr B said, Breathe, steady your aim and squeeze the trigger. BANG, I heard a rustle and then a thud. My brother had shot the possum straight between the eyes! As I went to pick it up, I could see the razor sharp claws and teeth like knives, I shuddered. I put it into a plastic bag and we walked on. We walked across a stream and looked back. There was a pair of eyes looking at us, but we couldnt shoot as we were not sure what it was and it was towards a road. Instead, we walked back across the river and into the bush to have a look. We had obviously disturbed something as there was a freshly killed, half eaten chicken. Be careful boys, the Black Panther of mid Canterbury might be out tonight, said Mr B. I think he was joking. Suddenly we heard something move. We looked up and saw several pairs of possum eyes staring down at us from a tree close by. It was my turn to have a shot with the 20-gauge shot gun. I aimed at the closest, lined it up, then BANG! Rustle, rustle, thud. I had shot my first possum! The others bounced away deeper into the bush. I went into the weeds to get the dead possum. I reckon Josh was too scared to do it, but he was happy enough to shoot. It was time to start walking back. After a short while, we saw one high up in a gum tree. Mr B had a shot, BANG, THUD, number 3! Back home we took them out of the bag and tricked Mum into coming out to look out them - she hates possums! The guns were unloaded and then we plucked the fur and put it into a separate bag. We gave the rifles a quick clean and then went back into the warm kitchen for a cup of Milo. This was my first possum hunting adventure and it was great. I love New Zealand.
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Ben, 13-years-old, with his three possums. The smile says it all

Rakaia Branch, 10-years-old, with his first stag, a 14-point Red taken in the Rakaia Valley

Will Reese,

Branch, 13-years-old Almost a serious hunter

James Currie, Rotorua

Larney Doyle, Wairoa & Districts Branch, 13-years-old with a

spiker taken last spring at Maulders

Cameron Henderson, North Canterbury Branch, with a nice 8-pointer Red stag taken during the roar.

Brodie Reid, North Otago Branch, 16-years-old with his 50 pound sow taken with a .243

Mountain reverie

the Future CAllING

by Greig Caigou, Nelson Branch

What a treasure to sneak up on some wild deer along the route

Id climbed high out above the rimrock of the large basin and had been traversing the ridgeline which was now bathed in full sun. Off in the distance some rowdy keas heralded my presence to several deer out feeding as well as to all the wild horizons beyond. Easing into a sunny spot in the lee of a chunk of granite I sat and reflected over the battles to get here. There had been the choked chasms of the gorge far below and then the gruelling grind up the steep side of the waterfall to make the higher ground that lead everupwards to this lofty vantage. The sun was warm on my back . . . very warm . . . cozy . . . and I felt myself drifting in and out of the moment . . . . Far below me I noticed the movement of another hunter picking his way up through some tall snowgrass on a similar route to that Id taken. It was hard to make out details but he seemed to be tracking me . . . following as it were in my trail. That young man had begun his hunt by searching over his grandfathers old maps. Hed taken up hunting and had loved visiting the old man to hear all the stories of hunting the big wild as hed called it - he remembered how his grandfather had seemed to light up

inside at the telling. The stories were not so much of the numbers of animals seen or taken but were more to do with the sense of hard adventure and expeditions out amongst wild horizons. There was little need to shoot any beasts but rather just to be there with the creatures in their own domain and to live and move and have his being with the same rhythm as that more natural world. The young man had become inspired by all the tales of the trails and had set about the compulsory training license he had to sit. There were regular classes covering everything from hunting ethics to safe handling of firearms. While the equipment was authorised he was not permitted to use it until age twenty-five. Hed obtained his first weapon from the only licensed outlet in his city. you had to drive through so that the rifle could be transferred by the guards to the reinforced safety box fitted to the inside of his car (hed learnt there were hefty fines and charges laid for carrying a firearm in public). His first hunt had been on a local reserve block

and hed managed to save up the probation rights so as to pay his more senior hunting mentor. They looked over the block and went through the requisite sign-offs to obtain his registration. Having paid for and obtained a permit for one yearling they were able to secure this sign-off on the same trip and make good progress toward his first unsupervised hunt. Hed been grateful for his HUNTS training and this subsequent sign-off as that had been the final step to obtaining a permit from the Game Animal Council (GAC) administration for the recreational hunting areas (RHAs). While there was a lot of pressure on these areas hed told his grandfather that at least there was no interference from commercial operators (the last infringement had been 15 years ago and


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that operator had lost all his equipment when the GAC gamekeepers had busted the ring of outlawed wild meat processors.) Besides he could hunt year round in these RHAs rather than just during the somewhat stringent 3 by 3 week periods of the hunting-permitted allocations that were granted for smaller zones in the public wild spaces. His grandfather had been really interested to hear how hed shot his first chamois in the Lake Sumner RHA. Pop told him about the good old days when battles were fought to get some of these first areas set aside so as to maintain the heritage of hunting his generation could see under threat at that time. There were some harsher sentiments against hunters in many of those areas but this was now his first time into the wilderness area. Hed been preparing for ages, especially joining the no-technology movement because primitive, old knowledge hunts had become fashionable again and he was keen to experience all that his granddads generation had done all those years earlier. The bigger country of the wilderness mattered now. No more the exclusion of smallish spaces. No more the threat of disturbance from ground vehicles, no more the control of block boundaries . . . just wide open spaces in every direction. What a treasure to fight and struggle up untracked bush slopes. What a treasure to battle in the choked chasms of the gorge of this old route into the wilderness that his grandfather had told him about. What a treasure to sneak up on several wild deer along the route. And then came the gruelling grind up the steep side of the waterfall to make the higher ground that led ever-upwards to some special and lofty vantage spot on the ridge top. The young man was coming to realise that this was just one special spot in the vastness of Fiordland and yet representative of so many of the stories hed shared in the

retelling with his grandfather. The spot was untamed . . . ancient. That older generation had been there and was sadly passing on now, but hed wanted to stand there also. He knew time would overcome him also, for we are all but a vapour, in these vapourladen lands. But, what of these ancient lands? Will this place remain . . . just as it is? For another generation of hunters must stand in awe at this spot - as the moistureladen clouds billow by - with unmatched visuals stretching as far as the eye can see, in every direction. Those views will be that much more glorious because they are protected and they have been earned during honourable effort down in the untracked and tangled bush or rugged gorges and during the strenuous tasks of getting up to such high places. The young man thought also of the Wapiti there. The calves following the old cows over this spot and young bulls following the master bulls, traversing these routes around the catchments of the Glaisnock wilderness area. From one generation to another as well, thats how theyve learnt to live in these lands. The same trails. For them also, this is important. Weve all walked among those same wild horizons! A primal squawk shattered the solitude of my reverie - I was suddenly aware again of a rowdy kea circling above. Now the young man was gone . . . time seemed to have moved on . . . but somehow that figure following in my footsteps had caught my imagination as I scrubbed my eyes awake and shook off the dreamy sleep that must have overtaken me. Hobbling to my feet I moved off along the ridge. But now there was a renewed lightness in my step . . . there was the hope for a next generation to enjoy these same wild spaces and experience authentic, real, hunting adventures! Perhaps there had been an uncanny resemblance to myself in the young hunter that Id spied during my reverie . . . in fact, maybe it was just the future calling!

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pere DAvIDs Deer A mIrACle OF CONservAtION

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By D Bruce Banwell, National Life Member

One of the most amazing episodes in the history of conservation concerns a once very rare species of deer native to China, Elaphurus davidianus (Milne-Edwards, 1866), more commonly known today as Pere Davids deer. Known to the Chinese as Mi Lu, Lu the Chinese word for deer, also referred to in Mandarin as Sibuxiang, or the four dissimilarities, a term which actually falls short of an accurate description, the animal displaying several other unusual, or untraditional, features as well. According to Chinese description it has the head of a horse, the tail of a donkey, the hooves of an ox and the antlers of the males totally opposed in configuration to all other forms of deer. The species was introduced into New Zealand during the 1980s by people experimenting with different forms of deer for the farming industry. The Chinese refer in general to their several forms of Wapiti and Red deer as Ma Lu, translated as horse deer, but strange as it may seem, this description is much more appropriate in describing Pere Davids deer. Pere Davids deer is such an ancient species from that part of the world, that one of the one of the very earliest of Chinese characters represents Mi Lu and has been discovered engraved on artefacts of stone and bone dating back millenniums. The interesting saga that emerges from a rather sketchy source of information in regard to the history and survival of this species is both intensely interesting as well as amazing. Unfortunately, some of the stories and articles written about this fascinating saga have been misconstrued and exaggerated by the writings of journalists, most of who had a very limited knowledge of the species or the subject and were seeking material of sensationalism and commercial hype. Nevertheless, behind the scenes, despite these misleading and

Joe Murphy of Ireland displays a set of Pere David antlers which originated from Woburn, both a frontal and side-on aspect. Photo: Courtesy of Joe Murphy

perhaps distorted presentations there lies a very unusual and captivating tale of near disaster and the possible loss of a unique specimen of the deer family. Its survival could be considered as an example of the roll of the dice and its preservation and ultimate protection a saga that must surely take the cake, so to speak, in the annals of conservation. The man from who the species derived its common name, Pere David (pronounced darvid in the French), was born in the small township of Espellette in the Pyrenees near the Bay of Biscay and baptised Jean Pierre Armand David. Training to be a priest, he decided to study natural history and eventually become a missionary. This ambition he eventually achieved and in 1860 travelled to Beijing, then known as Peking, in order to take up the duties of

a headmaster of a school. Prior to leaving his native France he was commissioned by the well-known Professor Milne-Edwards of the Academy of Sciences at Paris to collect as many specimens of both flora and fauna as he found possible and send them back to Paris. This undertaking earned him the financial support of the French Government, enabling him to wander around Chinas vast area collecting as many specimens of plants and animals hitherto unknown to the Western World, among the most significant, the Giant panda. While walking along the exterior perimeter

A group of Pere Davids deer seen here at Nan Haizi, once the site of the old Imperial Hunting Park. Photo: D Bruce Banwell


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One of the two animals sent to the Shanghai Zoo in 1985. Photo: D Bruce Banwell

of the wall of the ancient Imperial Hunting Park, a royal enclosure at Nan Haizi, or South Lake, a few miles from Beijing, Father David took the liberty of mounting a convenient heap of sand which allowed him to peer into the confines of the forbidden area of the park. Here was the enclosure where the Emperor and his privileged guests satisfied their desires for hunting and Pere David soon realised he was sighting several species of game animals one of which he had never laid eyes on before. As a trained naturalist he immediately realised here was a form of deer unknown outside of that enclosure and an odd one at that. This was during the year of 1865. David obviously had access to the park staff, as he was able to bribe some gamekeepers from there by promising to pay them twenty taels, an old form of Chinese currency, to supply him with specimens of available hide, cast antler and bone. During the month of January 1866 the specimens were made available by handing them over the wall during the hours of darkness, an act confirming that the conditions at the park were similar to those enforced at the palace at Beijing, still referred to as The Forbidden City. The payment of ten taels for the hide and a similar sum for the cast antler and bones was duly transacted, allowing David to despatch his treasures to Milne-Edwards at Paris. There they were studied and at a later date, supported by the arrival of a live specimen, were identified by description and given the zoological, identifying name, Elaphurus davidianus. Once specifically identified and the news released to the Western World, several attempts to obtain live
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specimens were initiated by the major European countries which conducted embassies at Beijing, namely France, Britain and Germany. Through each countrys consul, requests were made for live pairs and from this process arise several different accounts of the successes and failures of the resulting ventures. One thing is certain, however. Those acquisitions cost a series of unnecessary deaths of an animal already threatened with extinction due to its isolation and restricted gene pool. Where it had once occupied vast areas of the eastern part of China, an extremely large country, it was by that time limited to that one enclosure and this nearly proved to be its downfall. The irresponsible and greed based rush by the Europeans to procure specimens of the species did nothing to improve the situation. One account of how the species ultimately became established in Europe suggests the initial move by the French to obtain two animals, one of each sex, was followed by a similar move by both the British and the Germans, but fails to explain all the losses that were sustained in the process. It was claimed the British were not going to be outdone by their archenemy, the French, in turn, likewise the Germans. Application for a pair by all three nations were responded to and eventually duly delivered. However, it was claimed, following a number of deaths, replacements were sought and delivered and that the ultimate six animals, two in each of the three countries involved, were all finally granted to the care of the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, the world population existing today all descending from this nucleus. Two interesting

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Europe, nothing was are recorded as proving expensive in regard to known about what losses of what is now appreciated as having was occurring back being involved with a very vulnerable animal. in China. In 1917 an From the end of the 19th century it was eminent biologist Europes turn to ensure the species survived. discovered two The venue for ultimate success, with the specimens being held exception of small groups held here and at the Beijing Zoo, there, mainly pairs in zoos and zoological later finding they had gardens, was to be Woburn Abbey Park. Many enjoyed protection accolades have been showered on the then in a Manchu palace Duke of Bedford and his staff for the eventual grounds while the successes achieved there, but as was later tragic loss of the discovered here in New Zealand, habitat remainder at Nan Haizi proved to be a vital element. The environment was taking place. The writer gets treated to a kiss from a hind at Nan Haizi. The hinds of the made available at Woburn Abbey, with its Both were reported as species are very friendly, this one following me around all day, even trying to ponds and surrounds proved to be a very steal the handkerchief out of my pocket. Photo: D Bruce Banwell dead by 1921, had no suitable one and in the opinion of the writer, progeny and declared was the key factor involved. points arise from these claims. Firstly, recent the last two specimens surviving in their native DNA has proved all the animals existing The initial pair received at Woburn arrived from China. worldwide today have descended from just the Paris Zoological Gardens during the last During 1894 a serious flood in the district three of the animals in question, one stag and year of the 19th century. Sixteen more were caused a breach in the wall of the Imperial two hinds. Secondly, records show the original later received from Paris, Berlin and Antwerp. Hunting Park at Nan Haizi enabling the bulk animals which arrived at Woburn Abbey during At least two of the hinds received from Berlin of the surviving animals to escape into the those final years of the 19th century originated failed to conceive that first rut. By the year surrounding countryside. There they were from German stock, a fact that questions the 1914 the herd at Woburn Abbey had increased killed and devoured by the famine-stricken authenticity of that particular claim. to eighty-eight head and by 1948 had reached peasantry. The few that remained in the park two hundred and fifty-five. By 1985, at the Before dealing with the reason why the failed to survive a raid on the park by foreign time of the shipment back to China, they animals at Woburn were the only survivors troops during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. numbered in excess of three hundred. in any numbers of the species, let us look Well, there may not have been any Pere at the true facts concerning the export of Over the period of the two world wars some Davids deer left in China at that stage, with animals from Nan Haizi intended for European of the animals perished from starvation and the possible exception of an unknown one or destinations. disease due to the inability of the staff at two in captivity, but fortunately, despite the Woburn Abbey who were, over both periods It has been recorded where the first pair to significant losses recorded, some of those of serious danger to Britain, experiencing France eventually died, one prior to shipment from the numerous attempts to establish difficulty in providing sufficient supplementary the second at Paris shortly after arrival. The populations in Europe had survived and were feed for winter sustenance due to priority same fate befell those intended for London, about to be responsible for the saviour of the being given during the war effort to sheep they not even making the intended shipment species from total extinction. Reading between and cattle. However, as the Second World War from China. A second shipment of four calves the lines, it is perhaps obvious the Germans progressed to Britains advantage and matters was arranged for Britain, one dying between ended up the heroes of the breeding process, became a little less tense, the matter was Nan Haizi and Beijing, a replacement also they somehow managing to be successful with favourably addressed, but not without some passing on before shipment. The survivors multiplication. A trans-plantation to Antwerp acute difficulties. The fate of those held in war died in London before they were of breeding in Belgium from Germany also proved to be a torn Europe is not known, but one can only age. Pere David later despatched a single successful manoeuvre. The performances of make a guess. animal to Paris at about the same time as animal management at both London and Paris another pair was presented to the French. These were evidently killed and eaten by A group of the animals held at Mount Hutt Station in New Zealand. Photo: D Bruce Banwell starving locals during the siege of Paris by the Prussians during 1871. During the mid-1870s, three were sent to the Tiergarten at Berlin. In 1879 one female was sent from that venue to Paris to join a male that had somehow found its way there. In 1883 the Zoological Society of London purchased a pair from the Parisian venue, these having been bred at the Tiergarten at Berlin. It was becoming obvious at this stage that the Germans were proving to be the most successful breeders. 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On August 24 1985, what was later described as being a token of Sino-British relations, twenty-two head of Pere Davids deer were despatched to Beijing by aircraft under what happened to be a re-introduction project promoted by the Species Protection Commission of the World Nature Protection Alliance. This was part of a programme intended to reintroduce species formerly extinct in their country of origin back to their natural habitat. The obvious destination for the Pere Davids deer was Nan Haizi where the Imperial Hunting Park was once situated and where the last of the free species had survived in numbers in China. Twenty head were despatched there, two to the Shanghai Zoo. In 1986 thirty-nine animals were released at Dafeng, a reserve some distance north of Shanghai and near the east coast and it was here I sighted my first wild Pere Davids deer. This translocation back to China had been organised in London and involved a combined effort between several parks and zoos in Britain. I was fortunate in being taken to Dafeng in 1992, as a member of a visiting group attending a deer seminar at Shanghai, there sighting several mobs of wild animals in excellent condition, some hinds with calf at

foot. They had obviously acclimatised well with their new environment. During 1987 a further twenty animals arrived at Nan Haizi and when I visited there in 1993 as a guest of the Chinese Forestry Department, the herd had increased sufficiently to allow some seventy-five animals to be yarded and sent off to Shi Shou Reserve near the city of Wuhan situated further up the yangtze River. In fact, the very day I arrived at Nan Haizi, was that on which the despatch was taking place. The official numbers of animals in the three re-established herds now number well in excess of two thousand, a benchmark generally considered sufficient to remove the particular species from the threatened with extinction category. By 2007 there was an estimated population at Dafeng of 1007, 130 at the Nana Haizi Park and 800 at Shi Shou. The total number should be much greater today. In fact,

Pere Davids deer are now located in fifty-four different breeding spots across the Peoples Republic of China, most of them contained in the major reserves nominated as well as small numbers in parks, gardens and zoos. A miracle of conservation, the reintroduction of an animal totally extinct in its native country and having been absent from its natural environment for at least two thousand years has been successfully re-established in the wild in several areas of that vast country a success story in wildlife conservation perhaps without parallel. Note: Part 2 will be in NZ Hunting & Wildlife issue 178.

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herItAGe upDAte

In issue 172 we featured, what we had been advised were the John Forbes photographic glass slide collection. It now turns out, thanks to Graham Brooks, Marlborough Branch, who after reading the article, informed us that they are not glass slides but in fact glass plate negatives. Not only that, he offered, if we supplied a disc, to convert them to a positive image, (ie a standard black and white photo). Naturally we have accepted Grahams offer and thank him very much. We look forward to receiving and viewing the finished work.

AmmuNItION pACkets
Thanks to the generosity of some members and trustees we are now building up a collection of ammunition packaging. Most are empty but occasionally some also have actual rounds in them. So I guess that means we are also starting to build up an ammunition collection by default. Fortunately we have a satisfactory storage facility to keep these in. Below is a photographic representation of what the Trust has to date. you will note that the largest proportion is made up of .22RF packets. Many of our older members will recognise brands that are longer in existence. There may also be some current brands that are rarely seen on the shelves as the ammunition is competition grade.
A collection of Eley brand ammunition used for target shooting A mixture of .22RF boxes including some older types that are no longer available

A mixture of .22RF sporting type ammunition including sub-sonic and 500 round bricks

An old ICI packet of .22RF Short with an actual round

A further mixture of .22RF ammunition packets; some packets are an older design style to what is being sold today. These boxes, which include three 500 round bricks, came from the 2010 Pacific Regional Championships as used in the competitions

An example of a target printed on the inside of a packet, in this case the Highland brand

Some examples of airgun pellet containers

An example each of .32RF Short and Shot

Some older packets of centrefire ammunition


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FrOm the WIlD hIlls OF sCOtlAND tO the ruGGeD mOuNtAINs OF A sCOttIsh COlONy pArt 6 OF 6
174), 10 12 (Issue 175 AND 13 15 (Issue 176).

by D bruCe bANWe ll, NAtIONAl lIFe membe r heADs 1 3 (Issue 172), 4 6 (Issue 173), 7 9 (Issue eDItOrs NOte: prevIOus Issues hAve FeAtu reD

16, 17 AND 18) the OrIGINs OF the OtAGO reD Deer herD (heADs

NO. 16. russell eWING. mAk ArOrA vAlley, 1925.

LENGTH - left - 43 inches, right 40 inches. SPRE AD - 37 inches, SPAN - 29 inches. - 14. BEAM 5 inches. DOUGLAS SCORE - 330. POINTS

of the Makarora. This was Ewing took this trophy near the mouth of the young River where it meets the waters more antler mass than most during a period that the young Valley was producing some fine trophies and probably watersheds in the area. the visiting stalkers, both from Ewing was a local, his mother running the Makarora boarding house where many of onto their allotted blocks. New Zealand and overseas, sought accommodation before venturing into the hinterland earned a reputation as part of the history of Mrs Ewing had purchased the business from Rex Dunning who had boarding house, conveying the Otago Red deer herd. Russell Ewing worked the pack horse team from his mothers back to Makarora at the stalking parties and their equipment to their respective camps and later packing them conclusion of their hunt

NO. 17. WAlter speDeN. yOuNG vAlley, 1925.

LENGTH - left 40 inches, right 40 inches. SPRE AD 43 inches, SPAN 33 inches. T S - 12 . BEAM 5 inches. DOUGLAS SCORE 320 . POIN

This stag was secured on an expedition into the young Valley by two eastern branch of the Southland stalkers, Walter Speden and Joseph Green. From a fly camp in the north resulting in young, the stag was located in ribbonwoods, a stalk across the far side of a stream yards the two stalkers suddenly running into the animal at close quarters. He was about twenty River, produced a tremendous crop of off. The young Valley, a major tributary of the Makarora in the antler between the years of 1920 and 1930 and was probably as good a block as any tal in the Otago country. Walter Speden was a well-known taxidermist at Gore and was instrumen mounting of many fine trophies.

NO. 18. FINDlAy t mCrAe. Albert burN, 1937.

LENGTH - Left 41 inches, Right 44 inches. SPRE AD 41 inches, SPAN 32 inches. - 15. B E A M 5 i n c h e s . D O U G L A S S C O R E - 3 3 7. P O I N T S

Working their stalking out from the Pyke Hut in the neighbouring Minaret Burn, a party Albert consisting of five Southland sportsmen successfully stalked the upper reaches of the at Dipton, was the most successful, securing this Burn. Findlay McRae, at the time a farmer Burn. On fine trophy while on one of the expeditions across a convenient saddle into the Albert the elements. one of the trips into the Albert Burn, they were treated to a fairly harsh period of made Thunder rolled and lightening flashed, it poured and it blew. They were using two tents 7 feet. The smaller of the two tents was flooded with out of silk, the larger of the two 7 feet by the 7 by 7 four inches of flood water, so five sorry stalkers had to share the restricted space in forced to hold footer and in very boisterous weather conditions. One member of the party was The night an end of the tent down, a controller of operations in the centre firing instructions. to outdo the gale that raged outside. passed in song and story, each man trying


explOrAtION OF the hAlF-OpeN (rIFle) bOlt IN the NeW ZeAlAND reCreAtIONAl huNtING FIelD
By Chaz Forsy th, Otago Branch
Introduction Long-standing firearm safety rules for civilian (sporting) firearm use in New Zealand have urged the use of the half-open or slightlyopen action when in the immediate vicinity of game, in the expectation that a shot might be taken. Apart from the mentions on page 17 of the New Zealand Police Arms Code (2011), little explanation is given, and the concept of semi-readiness is not mentioned until page 17 of that most useful and informative booklet. The Firearm Instructor Guide (NZMSC, 2012) supplies a little more detail, giving clarification and more specific advice. The situation is exacerbated beyond the firearm safety lecture room by loose terminology, where the state of semi-readiness is confused by use of expressions such as half-cock. This article is an attempt to explain some aspects of the condition of semi-readiness as it applies to turn-bolt action hunting rifles in New Zealand sporting use. Terminology What is a turn-bolt action? Synonymous with turning-bolt actions, it is one where the bolt is turned to obtain the locking feature, (HMSO, 1929). There are straight pull bolt actions too, ranging from the Steyr-Mannlichers of 1895 to the Canadian Ross rifles of World War I trench warfare infamy, to the Blaser R93 of today. There is scope for much confusion here. Many otherwise competent operators refer to the situation of semi-readiness in a bolt action rifle as the half-cock position. This is a misnomer, because although historically, firearms have been known to fire prematurely, (going off half-cocked), when their trigger has been squeezed at the wrong time, the half-cocked situation usually applies to firearms with exposed hammers. There, the half-cock position involves the engagement of the trigger-sear into a notch from which release of the hammer cannot happen (unless a mechanical malfunction occurs). Only when the hammer is manually brought to the fullcock position, can it be released by squeezing the trigger, or by being manually lowered to its forward position after being set to full-cock. The trigger is the pivoted lever which links the finger of the rifle operator to an intermediate lever known as the sear. The sear interposes with the nose of the cocking piece when it is in the fully cocked (withdrawn) position, ready for firing. Squeezing the trigger moves the sear which in turn, releases the cocking piece so it can move forward under the force of a compressed spring. The cocking piece is mechanically joined to the firing pin or striker, which impacts the primer, initiating the firing of the cartridge. Some texts make reference to a bent (Stratton,
A 1990s Mini Mark X, showing the bolt partly closed with 20 mm of the cartridge showing

2009)(p. 60). The bent is a point of contact for the sear, at the forward end of the cocking piece, when the rifle mechanism is fully cocked. Another bent is found on the Lee-Enfield action, approximately half-way along the cocking piece, from which the sear cannot release the cocking piece. This is sometimes known as the halfcock notch or bent. This is a true half-cock. Skennerton (2007) mentions the omission of the half-bent as a temporary expedient during World War II production of No 4 Lee-Enfield rifles, but it was quickly restored, ...because it was considered unsafe. (p. 220). The Lee-Enfield cocking piece also has two notches or detents into which the nose of the safety catch engages, one where the rifle is completely uncocked, the other at full-cock (Stratton, 2009)(p. 60). The safety nose cannot engage when the cocking piece is drawn back approximately 6 mm from its fully forward position. Reynolds (1960) mentions this (p. 27) in a report on the 1888 troop trials for the model, Magazine Rifle Mark I. Complicating factors Complicating factors are: the training and experience of the individual firearm user, the type of firearm involved, the social milieu in which the firearm handling is taking place.

A Mini Mark X Mauser showing the bolt fully forward, not acceptable in safety terms A single shot rifle with the .45 Colt cartridge loaded against the extractor, meaning the firearm can readily be closed should an opportunity for a shot eventuate. These more modern single shot actions have a transfer bar system, which precludes hammer contact with a firing pin unless the trigger is squeezed

For example, former HM Forces personnel will have undergone considerable training involving the use of safety catches, mechanisms which either block the trigger from functioning, or block the action mechanism in some other way, or a combination of these mechanical features. Older shooters, whose former service rifles chambered in the .303 British cartridge, mainly Lee-Enfield No 1, No 4 and No 5 rifles, and less frequently, the Pattern 14 Enfield (also known as the No 3 rifle), will be familiar with the cock-on-closing operation. These are now far less commonly encountered in the hunting fields. Other models also have the cock-on-closing action mechanism; although less frequently encountered they include the US Model of 1917 Enfield, pre model 1898 Mausers and the Arisaka models of 1905 and 1939. The cock-on-closing aspect means a bolt is harder to close silently when chambering a cartridge than the cock-onopening bolt actions are. The situation where the merest mechanical click will spook an already alert game animal means that either the successful hunter had practised the silent closure routine, or had begun to use other techniques or mechanisms for the benefit of their hunting. The confusion possibly

arises from the expression semi-readiness and the fact of the widely used, partly closed bolt. Semi-readiness This is the situation: when you have seen game or expect to flush it at any moment. Hold the firearm in both hands, with a cartridge pushed partly forward into the chamber. Do not close the action completely unless you know you have correctly identified your target and you have time to make a safe shot. New Zealand Police Arms Code (2011) (p. 17). The DVD accompanying the firearm safety lectures shows the bolt partly forward, so that some of the brass cartridge case is still visible in the partly-opened breech. The Firearm Instructor Guide (NZMSC, 2012) supplies, in more detail in one of the bullet pointed key messages, clarifying the state of semi-readiness as being a half-open bolt in

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Exposing 20 mm of the cartridge is pretty difficult for the .22 rimfire! (The case is only 15 mm long)

A centrefire bolt action sporter from the 1980s, with 20 mm of the cartridge visible

A World War I manufacture .303 SMLE sporter, with the bolt sufficiently open to expose 20 mm of the cartridge exposed

A late 1950s model .22 rimfire rifle with the bolt further forward (showing 10 mm of cartridge) than the 20 mm recommended by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

A 1980s bolt action sporter, with the bolt pushed fully forward. NOT what the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council recommends!

a state of semi-readiness (p. 20). Here, it is explained as being, ...the bolt partly forward to partly chamber a round but have at least 2 cm of brass showing (the bolt handle remains up and the firearm is not locked (sic). Another bullet point observes, Hold the bolt with the thumb so it does not slide back and eject the round (ibid). At the bottom of that page is a footnote: Note: Some hunters think that the half-open bolt is when the bolt is pushed completely forward and the bolt handle is in an up lock position. This is not a state of semi-readiness and is potentially dangerous. On some models of firearms, if the trigger is pulled or bumped while the bolt is in this position, the bolt may drop into the cocked position and the firearm can discharge. There is also the risk that the bolt will be unintentionally knocked down into the cocked position, which again is extremely dangerous (ibid). Another explanatory guideline states, Only the person in front of the hunting party should be in the state of semi-readiness (ibid). How many hunters actually use this position in the field, when using modern cock-on-opening actions? Reality It is doubtful if many users use the system described above. They choose to use the bolt pushed fully forward, leaving the bolt handle either completely up, in the unlocked position, or with it lowered slightly so the locking lugs engage slightly in their recesses within the action.
References HMSO (1929), Textbook of Small Arms. His Majestys Stationery Office, London, England. New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Inc (2012), Firearms Instructor Guide. NZ Mountain Safety Council, (NZMSC), Wellington, New Zealand. NZ Police (2011), Arms code Firearms Safety Manual, NZ Hunting & Wildlife 177 - Winter 2012

Friction and forces from the cartridges in the magazine work to keep the bolt in the position in which it is left, just as it does on cock-onclosing actions. The complications arise from the many different designs where the initial locking lug engagement also ensures the sear engages lightly with the cocking piece. If the trigger is tripped, the act of closing the bolt handle upon the already-chambered cartridge leads to the firing pin contacting the unfired primer. The bolt closure is slow, so there is little chance of sufficient impact to fire the primer, but the possibility is there. From the perspective of the prospective hunter, thinking his or her rifle is ready to fire, when it is carefully shouldered and the sights placed upon the target, the gentle trigger squeeze produces nothing. The rifle is no longer cocked. you can imagine the rest the rapid re-cocking, the animal hitting warp speed 9 (or at least 8) in a flash, perhaps some bad language and frustration. Probably no shot fired either! There is much debate among recreational users of bolt-action rifles about the merits of the various brands and models of such rifles in the field, in respect to their ability to retain the halfopen bolt when hunting. For example, firearms by Remington, Ruger, Sako, Tikka, Weatherby and Winchester are mentioned, and depending upon the experiences undergone by the user, are viewed favourably or otherwise by their users. Mechanical aspects Mechanically, the true half-cock consisted of an extra notch cut into the cocking piece or hammer, so the sear could engage without the prospect

The World War I .303 British sporter, with the bolt exposing just 18 mm of cartridge, (any further bolt closure compresses the mainspring). This action type is the origin of the half-open bolt user philosophy adopted by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council when it moved into firearm safety in the late 1960s

of accidental release. It was intended as a safety feature, one which prevented the bolt from being opened, and one into which the sear had to be manually lowered for engagement to take place. It remains in wide use on exposed hammer firearms such as the lever-actioned rifles built on the Browning M1892 and M1894 designs. The term can apply only to a cock-on-closing action design, where for quite deliberate reasons the early repeating rifle designers opted for cocking upon bolt closure because they wished the forces used for opening the bolt to be applied to the primary extraction of sticky cartridge cases from a hot, or dirty chamber. The alternative, that of cocking the firing pin mainspring upon action opening, was considered to require additional forces which the British thought to be wrong-headed. Paul Mauser and other designers of the period (mid-late nineteenth century) thought the same until the advent of reliable drawn metallic cartridges ensured easy, reliable extraction. From 1898 onwards, Mausers designs featured cock-on-opening. So referring to a modern sporting turn-bolt rifle as having a half-cock position is simply, wrong. The bolt may be fully forward, the chamber may be full or empty, the locking lugs may be slightly engaged in their recesses within the action, but technically, it is not at a state of half-cock. If, and only if, a cartridge is contained in the chamber, with the bolt behind it, is the rifle in a state of semi-readiness.
Skennerton, I.D. (2007), The Lee-Enfield A Century of Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield Rifles and Carbines. Ian D Skennerton, Labrador, Australia. Stratton, C.R. (2009), British Enfield Rifles, Volume 1 SMLE (No 1) Rifles Mk I and Mk III, 3rd Edition, revised. North Cape Publications, Inc, California, USA. 29

New Zealand Police, Police National Headquarters, Wellington, New Zealand. Reynolds, E.G.B. (1960), The Lee-Enfield Rifle Its history and development from first designs to the present day fully illustrated. Herbert Jenkins, London, England.


OAmAru hut reFurbIshmeNt

By Allan Dodson, Taupo Branch Following a request from the Department of Conservation for two deerstalkers members to help with the refurbishment of the Oamaru Hut, Dave Comber and myself volunteered for the job. A meeting was arranged for the January 7th to be briefed on the arrangements etc. We were to be flown in to the hut on Monday 13th with all our personal gear and then walk out to the helipad on Wednesday 15th at midday to be transported home, leaving most of our gear at the hut. Friday the 17th we walked back in to carry on and keep an eye on all the gear while the DOC workers came home for the weekend. We were then to walk back out again at midday Monday 20th, leaving our kit at the hut to be flown out with all the other gear when the job was finished. Dave and I duly arrived at the field office at 8.00 am on the Monday to be loaded into Murray Cleavers ute for the trip out to the helipad at the back of Poronui Station. The weather was overcast and a bit wet, which got steadily worse as we travelled out there. As we had plenty of time before the pick up we were taken on a tiki tour, spotting for deer and a visit to the DOC hut near the back of Poronui. Two deer were seen on the way in. Arriving at the helipad we met up with four DOC workers, John Wilton, who was in charge of the job, Johno, Gareth and Neihana, plus there was a full truck load of timber and gear as well as a tandem trailer load. The rain was getting quite heavy by then, so we sat it out in the vehicles until just before midday when it started to clear and Heliseekers Hughes 500D helicopter arrived. It took 14 trips of about a four minute turn around all told. Bundles of timber, a concrete mixer, wheel barrow, generator, power tools, cement, builders mix, plus six guys and their kit were all flown in. There were two other parties at the hut when we arrived, including two young children who were very taken by all the activity and the gear arriving by air. However they all moved out that afternoon and we had the place to ourselves. First up was a cup of tea and a snack before getting stuck in. Dave and I were detailed to shift the woodshed and water tank at the back of the hut and fit larger fire escape windows in the back wall of each of the two bunk rooms, while the DOC staff would build a new two metre wide veranda the full length of the hut with one end covered; then shift the existing wall of the common room out to the outside of the old veranda, almost doubling the room size. They were also installing an extra new water tank and wash bench on the northern end of the hut. The entrance to the bunk rooms is now from inside the common room, hence the fire escape windows in the back wall. We all worked till dark that night, making good progress. The woodshed wasnt too bad to move, but the tank stand was a major job as we had to move it two metres to clear the window. We got it all set up to move but had to wait until they had finished the concreting before it could be emptied. Even then it was a major job and managed to pull the deadman anchor out of the ground at one stage. We finally got it moved, levelled up and the plumbing hooked up again. Friday it was back again, passing the DOC crew on the road coming
Preparation for moving the water tank

Unpacking and sorting the materials

Another load arrives by helicopter

out as we were going in. Murray walked over to the hut with us to have a look at progress. Soon after arriving we got a torrential down pour of rain, so took the opportunity to fill up all of the fresh water containers, so saving the job of carting more water from the river. Over the weekend we cleaned out the spouting, scrubbed all the mattresses, cleaned all the walls, ceilings, scrubbed the floors and cleaned out the fireplace, before we walked out to meet Murray at the helipad for the trip home. On the way out three deer were seen on the road. Apart for the first day, we got out for a hunt every afternoon, but I only heard one. Dave got cheeped at a number of times, even got squealed at about 30 metres from the hut when coming back one evening. Monday morning Murray walked over to have


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A sabre saw makes short work of cutting the wall for one of the new windows

One of the new fire escape windows being fitted in the bunkroom

a look and walk back with us, showing us some good Mohaka trout pools on the way. I saw some really good trout in both of the rivers making me yearn to get back for some fishing some time. The DOC crew were at the helipad loading up some extra gear to carry in. More deer were seen on the way out and our gear was delivered back to us on the Wednesday. We worked pretty hard, but it was quite a satisfying trip as we had the place to ourselves, and so peaceful just being in the bush with great scenery. I have not seen the finished product yet, but I am sure it will be a great improvement.

The notice that was left inside the hut


Scrubbing down the ceilings

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Friday 15 June 2012
Decision on remaining AATH applications for Wilderness Areas Five aerially assisted trophy hunting (AATH) concessions for the Hooker-Landsborough, Adams and Olivine Wilderness Areas are to be granted by Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne. They are being granted under section 17Q of the Conservation Act and section 22 of the Wild Animal Control Act. Mr Dunne said he was obliged to consider the five applications within the framework of current legislation and has taken into account the recent public submission process. I am concerned about the actual and potential impact that AATH has on other users of public conservation land, therefore I have decided to grant the permits for two years, rather than the 10 years applied for, Mr Dunne said. As well as the two-year period I have decided to accept the recommendation that the proposed block WA03 within the Hooker-Landsborough Wilderness Area be excluded from these concessions due to the popularity of this area with trampers, climbers and hunters. Furthermore, AATH will not be allowed within the Olivine Wilderness Area unless animal numbers exceed departmental guidelines and more control is required this will be determined by the Otago Conservator, he said. I accept that AATH activities have an adverse effect on recreational ballot hunting and believe conflict can best be avoided through a total separation of the activities. Ways to achieve this separation will be considered by the Department of Conservation and the Tahr Liaison Group. Consistent with the permits approved in February for nonwilderness areas, Mr Dunne has also decided to impose the following additional conditions on each concession: The concessionaire must not shoot or authorise shooting from helicopters except where a wounded animal needs to be killed for humane reasons; The concessionaire must not carry out any form of hazing of wild animals (being the persecution, harassment or maltreatment of wild animals using a helicopter); and The concessionaire must not use a helicopter to herd wild animals in any situation where that activity would interfere with: 1. the safe enjoyment of public conservation land by other users; 2. the control of wild animals by recreational hunting. It is my expectation that all concession holders will comply with the rules and conditions relating to their concession, Mr Dunne said.

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The first Wapiti shot by the party at Lugar Burn a fine 19-pointer

Our FIrst WApItI

By Snow Grass' This stor y was first published in The Roar, Volume Four, March 195 8

GOOD trOphIes Were by NO meANs eAsy tO Get but DAme FOrtuNe smIleD.
Those who have been fortunate enough to have had the experience of stalking in Fiordland might well imagine my feelings when on returning home one day in December 1956, my wife informed me that a wire had arrived to say I had drawn Block 6, Lugar Burn. you may guess I was elated over this news and lost no time in getting in touch with Jack, who had been my stalking companion on many previous occasions. The luck of the 1957 Wapiti block draw had certainly favoured Nelson, for we were pleased to hear that three other local stalkers had also been fortunate in having drawn the George Sound block. It was arranged that they would accompany us on our trip south, and we immediately started to make preparations for the trip. Four months later we found ourselves embarking on the MV Tawera for our journey up the lake to our respective blocks. Besides stalkers, there was a large number of tourists, among which was a gentleman who told us that he had been a member of the crew of the HMV Hinemoa when that ship had liberated the original Wapiti in George Sound in 1905. He told us that he had not seen a Wapiti from that day, but was making this trip in the hope that he may once again see one of these noble beasts. We were all delighted when he was rewarded by the sight of a very fine specimen of a young Wapiti bull just after we had put the Lake Hankinson party ashore. The boat was only a few hundred yards off shore when this animal walked along the foreshore in plain view. He seemed to know he was in the right setting for a truly magnificent picture. As we were the next to be put off, we started getting our gear together, and by 3.30 pm had bid our friends and the MV Tawera goodbye and were busy erecting our base camp on the shore of the lake at the mouth of the Lugar Burn Stream. Previous stalkers made this task much easier by the fact that they had left their tent poles more or less intact and had added a few home comforts in the way of a table and improvised seats around the old fireplace. We had not long to wait to hear our first Wapiti bugle, and by the time camp chores were finished we had estimated that there were at least four bulls bugling behind the camp on the bush flat that runs back to Mount McDougall. I had heard that it was difficult to imitate the mating call of the Wapiti bull without some sort of decoy, and with that in mind I had brought along an old bullocks horn I had used on many previous occasions while stalking Red deer. Needless to say it did not take long to try out this method of calling and after at first producing a few weird noises, I did manage to make some sort of noise that slightly resembled the Wapiti bugle. Anyhow, it was sufficient to fool one young bull, and we were able to make a very close inspection of this animal which proved to be a young 12-pointer carrying a Iongish, but narrow head. As we inspected him from a distance of about 15 yards we compared him with the beast seen earlier in the day and at first we thought that this animal may not be a pure breed as he did not have the creamy body with dark points of the first animal but was much darker in colour all over. From information supplied by Mr J McKenzie for the Wapiti Committee, we surmised this animal to be of the Rooseveldtii strain. We were to see many more of this type during the next two weeks; in fact, they appeared to be the predominant type in our block. These animals bear a striking resemblance to the big grey stags of Westland, and I cannot help but feel that it would be most difficult to distinguish a pure breed from a cross breed. As our trip was to really start in earnest on the morrow, we hastened back to camp and made final arrangements for an early start next morning. The day broke reasonably fine, but with a good deal of low cloud and mist. A light shower during the night had made conditions in the bush fairly moist and as we journeyed up the valley it was not long before we were wet through, both with perspiration and from contact with the high ferns and undergrowth. The going was very good and a blazed track made the job of trail finding very easy, and after three hours we reached the main forks of the Lugar Burn. We erected a spare fly camp at this point and left some of our stores, for it was our intention to stalk the left hand branch and its tributaries first. Although there did not appear to be many animals in this area, we did hear one bull bugling on the face leading up to Birch Creek. With lightened packs good time was made, and after climbing round a small gorge the main Wapiti trail followed along the edge of the creek. There was quite a lot of sign showing, but the wind was not very favourable, otherwise I think we would have seen some animals as there are some very likely places amongst the ribbonwoods. This valley is of a very easy gradient with steep sides and appears to have only one major tributary. It was decided to erect our main camp at the junction of this stream which leads back towards the head of the Loch Burn. That evening Jack stalked the ribbonwoods down stream referred to earlier, while I travelled up the main valley. Bert, who was the official photographer of the party decided to remain in camp and brush things up a bit. I had not travelled far before a Wapiti could be heard bugling in a patch of ribbonwood. This beast was so interested in giving his antlers a final polish that I was able to get within a few feet of him. He proved to be a very large bull with a beautiful creamy body but the head was disappointing. While of fairly heavy timber and with I2-points, the tops were very short and dull on the tips. By the number of tracks I could see that this beast was holding a small herd of cows nearby. Daylight was rapidly running out so I slipped quietly away and headed back to camp. Jack had not met with any success. Next morning the weather was very heavy and overcast as we left camp to stalk the main valley and we had not travelled far before fairly heavy rain set in. However, we decided to push on to the head of the river in the hopes that there would be an improvement later in the day, for Wapiti were fairly plentiful. We came on to the herd of cows held by the bull I had
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seen on the previous night and I would say that they were the biggest cows we saw on the whole trip, but many of the beasts seen were very disappointing so far as size and condition were concerned. By the time we had reached the head of the valley the rain was really coming down in earnest, and we began to wonder how we were going to make the river crossing back at the camp as the river was a real man-sized one by this time. However, with the help of a fallen tree we made the crossing safely. Although everyone had got thoroughly wet and the prospects of lighting a fire were fairly grim, it had been a very interesting day. About 20 Wapiti had been seen, mostly young bulls, cows and calves, but among them was one very nice 12-point bull that I am sure will make a trophy if allowed to mature. With the aid of a ground sheet spread over the fireplace and a lot of patience and a candle burning, we as last managed to get a smokey sort of fire going. This camp site is not a good one, being situated in heavy bush right in the floor of the valley and everything is very wet and does not get much sun even in the best of weather. We certainly did not see any during our stay there. Rain continued to fall all the following day and there was little we could do but lie in sleeping bags and discuss past and future trips and lighten our tobacco supply. By the following day the rain had eased a little so we pushed off for the head of the left hand branch. A fairly stiff pull around and over the gorge takes one out in a lovely little basin surrounded by high bluffs. It was in this basin that we saw possibly the best feed on our block. We could hear heavy bugling in the head of the valley, and very soon we sighted a herd of Wapiti just above a small lake. We spent a considerable time glassing these animals, but the light was not good and we found it most difficult to size them up. However, the boss bull, who was holding off about seven other bulls, warranted closer inspection, so we climbed high around the side of the valley under the bluffs - by this route it was possible to get within about 500 or 600 yards of the bull without much risk of the animals winding us. From this vantage point we noticed he was carrying a fairly even head of 16-points, but appeared to be rather on the small side. Bert and I remained at this point while Jack went in to make a closer inspection. That was not to be however, for no sooner had Jack left us than the cows the bull was holding started off down the valley and it was not long before the bull followed, passing Jack in the scrub on the way. As the animals worked their way down through the scrub and rocks they came considerably closer to our position, and we were able to see that the head was a worthwhile trophy. As Jack now had no hope of sighting the beast, I decided to take him.
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The animals were travelling at a good fast trot by this time. I am not keen on a moving target at any time, so I gave a good hearty roar to see if it would attract his attention. I think the cows went faster, but the bull paused long enough for me to hit him very hard; this was followed by another shot and he toppled over. The head proved to be very much as we had thought, fair timber and even, but on the small side for a Wapiti. The beast himself, although being fairly old, was not a big animal and was not the creamy colour type, being fairly darkish in the coat, but with the big white patch on the rump that appeared to be a characteristic of all mature Wapiti. Shoulder measurement was 54 inches, body length 68 inches, head 43 inches x 40 inches. We were very interested in one of the other bulls that the sixteen had been holding off. This animal was a truly magnificent beast and he seemed to know it as he came quite close and gave us the opportunity of taking several photos of him. This bull probably carried the biggest measuring head we were to see on the trip, but he was so obviously a young animal that we had no intention of taking him. His twelve long gleaming points were set on a perfectly shaped head and we had no doubt that he will carry a really worthwhile head in the near future. The other bulls were mostly young 10- and 12-pointers but did not show a great deal of promise so far as trophies were concerned. Several of them travelled up to the head of the valley in front of us, but there does not appear to be any outlet at this point and it was not long before we met them coming back. They had to pass us at a few yards distant and they preferred to do this rather than be trapped in the valley head which is a jumble of big rocks surrounded by very high rocky bluffs. The route to the Loch Burn appears to lead off lower down the valley. The weather at this stage again decided to let us know that it was on the side of the Wapiti and by the time we had returned to the sixteen it was raining fairly steadily so we picked up the trophy and headed back to camp, pausing on the way to explore some of the high country between the two branches. We did not see any Wapiti, although there was evidence that they frequent this area in fair numbers at certain times of the year. As we had covered most of the stalking country in the left hand branch, we were anxious to have a look at the right, so it was planned to get an early start and set up camp near the head of the main river. To enable us to do this we made an early start next morning; the sixteen was left to be picked up later. Stores were replenished from our supply dump at the main forks. There is a rather formidable gorge in the main river but a good Wapiti lead which is lightly blazed made the travelling

The 19-pointer photographed from a different angle

quite good, and by midday we were having a boil up just below Inaccessible Creek, at the head of the gorge. Very few Wapiti were seen in this particular part however, although we did shoot one young beast for meat. This was the first time any of us had ever tasted Wapiti meat and I must say that we were all most favourably impressed with its flavour and tenderness. We arrived at the clear flats in the upper Lugar Burn during mid afternoon, and after setting up camp we stalked the flats during the late evening. Bugling was quite good but most of the bulls seen were young and not matured. The boss bull on the lower flats was quite a nice shaped twelve but inclined to be light in the timber. I always remember this beast as he had a very high-pitched flutey bugle, and we went to considerable trouble to call him out of the thick scrub so as to get a look at him. The cows were feeding out on the clear flats, but he seemed to think the safest place was in the thick scrub. Curiosity got the better of him and he finally came out to see what the strange noises were. We were on the trail at daylight next morning as we wanted to stalk all the country around the headwaters, and as we progressed the bugling was still quite heavy. We had not travelled far before we started looking over likely looking animals; a young 13-pointer with a forked trey tine was seen just where Frank Delany secured his great 24-point trophy. I have no doubt that this young beast was a descendant of that fine animal. Jack was doing the inspecting of the animals at this stage while I attracted their attention with the decoy, and I must say we kept him busy, but none of the bulls seen were carrying the head we were looking for. He did see two very promising beasts - a twelve and another thirteen. He would have taken the thirteen had he not had one bez tine missing. It was impossible to see if this point had been broken off or whether he had failed to produce one. I hope for the sake of some future stalker that the former was the case as from the little that I saw I was very impressed. A light fall of snow had been sufficient to drive most of the animals from the clear country around the saddle leading to Wapiti River, and Cont on page 37


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only spikers and yearlings were seen above the bush. On the return journey that evening we did see what we considered to be the only Red stag seen on the trip. He was a very cheeky little 8-pointer and was sparring around a fair sized 12-point Wapiti and actually came to grips with this beast. Needless to say the affray did not last long, but it appeared that the Red stag was the aggressor in the first instance. I am sorry to say that in the confusion of everyone trying to photograph this episode the Red escaped with nothing more than a few scratches and bruises. We had all enjoyed the day immensely, especially as it was the first opportunity we had had of getting right out on the main tops in clear weather - the view from the ridge running between Wapiti River and the Lugar Burn Valley is well worth the effort. It was a beautiful day and the cameras were kept busy recording the many wonderful views. While in this area we had intended to stalk the high basins above the flats on the left hand side, but wind conditions made this impossible. It was felt that the only way to handle this country satisfactorily was to come over the top from the left hand branch. This would mean quite a tramp but we felt that time permitting, and if Jack had not secured his trophy, we would make the trip. Our next objective was the head of Inaccessible Creek. This name is rather misleading as it is a very easy walk into the head of the valley and on to the saddle that leads into the Henderson Burn. We stalked the basin in the head that afternoon but were very disappointed with the beasts seen. Bert spotted a large bull very high up on the ridge that leads back to Mount McDougall. He was quite a distance off and we could not decide just how good he was, but his large creamy body and the fact that we could count 14-points with the aid of the telescope, made us very keen to inspect this beast at closer range. I really thought that we had found Jacks trophy, but knew he would have to wait until the morrow as it was too late for the stalk to be made that day. We all went to bed wondering if the beast would remain on his high rocky lookout during the night, and daylight found us above the bush edge and directly below where we had seen him the night before. I am never keen to approach a beast from underneath as there is nearly always an up draft, but luck was with us for the main drift was down valley and as we climbed steadily higher we could hear the bull answering several smaller beasts on the Henderson Saddle. When we at last reached the lip of the ledge that the big bull was on, we were most disappointed to find what we surmised to be a fine creamy coloured bull was in reality a very old beast almost white with age. It was quite obvious that this animal would not see out another winter so we shot him from a distance of a few feet. The head was a very poor one of I5-points. The whiteness of both the beast and the antlers had fooled us on the previous day - it was a great disappointment. Several other bulls were observed around the Henderson Saddle but nothing resembling a trophy was seen. It had been our intention to travel along the ridge leading back to Mount McDougall and


This shoot was held 26 February 2012. The five juniors enjoyed the fine conditions and performed very credibly. The format was 10 shots prone at the rabbit target at 25 metres, then 10 shots off a pack at 50 metres. The results were - 1st, Martin Michel, 179.12; 2nd, Kira Michel, 144.4; 3rd, Bailey Benton 76.4; 4th, Bailey Ryder 69; 5th Olivia Michel 44. Finally a big thanks to Swazi for their generous support for our young shooters. Back row: (from left) Martin Michel, Bailey Benton, Kira Michel Front row: Bailey Ryder and Olivia Michel


The Hastings Branch held its Junior Swazi shoot recently and had a good turnout with 10 juniors taking part. The weather was a sunny Hawkes Bay day on the Stanley range. From the left James Richards, 3rd=; Samantha Tait, 3rd=; Maria Montaperto, 1st; Jason Jarret, 2nd

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drop down to our base camp on the lake shore, but as fog was settling down on the high tops we thought it would be wiser to return down the valley. We arrived back at base just on dark after a very long day, made longer by the fact that I had committed a most foolish act by leaving my movie camera on the Henderson Saddle - a fact that was not discovered until we were breaking camp down in the valley - and to make matters worse I was not too sure just where I had left it! Jack volunteered to go back with me, and a quick trip up to the saddle was made. you may well realise how relieved I was to find the camera lying on the snowgrass just where I had been glassing some animals earlier in the day. We had covered a great deal of our block by this time and had seen over 40 bulls, but Jacks trophy was proving hard to locate. It was with high hopes of success that we started up the lake face that leads to Mount McDougall. The going was very steep, but two and a half hours after leaving base saw us on the carpet grass once again. I was disappointed with this country as it was not as good as it had looked from a distance, the feed and vegetation being very sparse and short. The Wapiti seen in this area were not very good specimens. Although one promising 13-pointer bull was observed, he, like the other 13-pointer seen up river was carrying a forked trez tine. He also had quite good length but the timber was light. The weather was again starting to deteriorate so we made back to base, making an unsuccessful attempt to stalk a bush bull on the slopes overlooking the lake. This was one animal that we could not seem to fool with our decoy, but I believe we would have been successful on this occasion if a young spiker had not spoilt it for us. Previous stalkers have no doubt heard this bull with his high pitched, almost whistling bugle. Late evening and early morning seemed his favourite times to go vocal. It rained hard all that night, and next day be were very pleased to be in base as the thunder vibrated around the rocky slopes. Jack and I stalked the bush flats and lower slopes and although several Wapiti were seen they were not the type we were looking for. Our main worry at the moment was how long it would take the river to recede sufficiently to enable us to make our way back up the valley, but fortunately the rain eased during the night, and by daylight the river had dropped in volume considerably and we were able to make a safe crossing. Bert was to go as far as the forks with us and pick up the fly camp and return to the base in the hopes of picking up a lift out

by fishing boat at the weekend. We travelled light as this was to be a quick trip into the basins at the head of the main river referred to earlier. We did, however, detour to have a quick look into the Birch Creek saddle. Several animals were seen, but nothing in the way of a trophy. We pitched our camp at the previous site at the forks in the left hand branch. It had been a miserable day so far as weather was concerned, and we were not over hopeful for the fine day we would need for the trip over the top into the right hand branch. Luck was with us, however, for the morning broke fine and clear and we wasted no time as we made our way up the valley. We again saw most of the animals seen on the previous trip, plus one other large bull carrying a narrow head of 13-points. By midday we were on the saddle looking into the head of Canyon Creek. There is some quite nice country around this spot but bad weather seemed to have forced most of the Wapiti down to lower levels. It is only a short distance from the saddle to the basins overlooking the clear flats in the right hand branch, so we looked into the first of these but nothing was seen, and we were on the point of turning back as fog was again settling down when we heard at faint bugle further round the slope. It was just the tonic we needed, and it was not long before we came across several young bulls and from the direction they were looking it was not hard to guess where the centre of attraction was. I took out the glasses and could pick out several cows and calves about 800 yards away, but no bull. Had the big one eluded us again? We were just about to think so when out of a small hollow emerged the animal we were looking for. I could see immediately that this one was carrying a worthwhile trophy head with a lot of points. I was sure of seventeen and thought he may possibly have eighteen. The problem now was to get within shooting range. This was not going to be easy as we had first to bypass two smaller bulls and several spikers; on top of this the wind was very changeable and tricky. We decided our best chance was to make a quick dash past the smaller animals, as I was certain that if we wasted too much time the whole lot would wind us and disappear down the steep face into the bush. The young bulls and spikers were so surprised at our bold approach that we were past them before they realised what we were. Would our luck hold? On topping a small rise we were within 100 yards of the cows. We did not see the bull at first as he had walked around the face to see what was disturbing the younger animals. The question now was whether to shoot him where he stood and risk damaging his antlers on the steep face, or wait until he travelled on to a more gentle slope? We

decided on the latter course. We had not long to wait as he winded us almost immediately and came charging back to the small hollow to join the cows. Jack made no error with his shots, but the very momentum of the beast took him over the brow and out of sight. Although we did not break the sound barrier, I thought that Jack who beat me by several chain to the brow went very close to it. I was very relieved to hear him call out that the bull was lying just under the brow. We were indeed lucky, for if the beast had not dropped in this slight depression he would most certainly have been smashed to pieces on the rocks below. A quick inspection showed him to be carrying a very heavy timbered head of nineteen-points with beautiful lower tines. The body of the bull was not a big one, being very little larger than the sixteen, but was slightly lighter in colour, but not the creamy type. The head bore a striking resemblance to F Delanys twenty-four mentioned earlier. This was not surprising as he was shot almost directly above where Frank secured his fine trophy. After taking a few photos we started back to camp with the trophy, feeling really satisfied and pleased with our efforts. Back at camp we compared the two heads, and although the sixteen had slightly the better measurements, it did not compare with the nineteen in other respects. We realised just how lucky we had been when it again started to rain about dark, and we spent an anxious night wondering how high the river would be next day. Although rain was still falling in the morning, it was more of a drizzly nature and the river was only slightly discoloured, but it was a hard trek out with the two heads and the rest of our gear. It was two very weary stalkers that made the last crossing of the Lugar Burn that evening. How glad we were to smell the wood smoke of the camp fire, even though it meant that Bert had been unsuccessful in his efforts to catch a boat. The 1957 stalking season was rapidly drawing to a close, but it was three very happy stalkers who sat around the camp fire that evening and we wondered how long it would be before they would again be privileged to stalk this wonderful country. May I at this point, pay a tribute to previous stalkers of the Lugar Burn block, not only for their efforts in helping to preserve a wonderful herd, for it was they who blazed the trail and supplied the information that helped make our trip one of the most successful and enjoyable I have had. The sight of the MV Tawera sailing up the arm was the sign for us to ring down the curtain on our first Wapiti stalk. May it not be long before we all again hear the bugle of the bull Wapiti as it echoes through the valleys and crags of his Fiordland home.
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The Wairarapa region encompasses the eastern parts of Rimutaka Forest Park and Tararua Forest Park, the south Wairarapa Coast from Mukamuka Stream on the edge of the Rimutaka Forest Park to Mataikona dunes on the eastern Wairarapa Coast, the Wairarapa plains, the eastern Wairarapa hill country and the northern Wairarapa districts of Puketoi and Woodville. tArAruA FOrest pArk
Location - State Highways 2 and 53 traverse much of the area and there are numerous side roads that provide access into the backcountry and public conservation lands. General information - Hunting is encouraged in Tararua Forest Park to help the Department of Conservation control deer, goats and pigs. Red deer, the most popular game, became established in the range through regular liberations by the Wellington Acclimatisation Society between 1885 and 1923. They were recognised as a problem when their numbers increased rapidly during the 1920s, and recreational hunting has been popular ever since. What to hunt - Deer are found throughout the forests of the park, especially the silver beech and kamahi/rimu forests. Goats occur in isolated colonies at lower altitude from the south-eastern to the mid-western parts of the park. Pigs occur in low numbers throughout the park. Access - Main access to Tararua Forest Park is via formed legal roadlines or poled routes over unformed legal roadlines. There is an extensive network of tracks throughout the forest park providing good access to many areas suitable for hunting. Marchant Road, (Kaitoke Shelter): Tauherenikau Valley and central Tararua Range. Abbotts Creek: Pylon Track and lower Tauherenikau River. Underhill Road: Tauherenikau River. Waiohine Gorge Road: Waiohine River. Kaipaitangata Road: Road access through pine plantation to forest park on true right of road. Legal access to Mount Dick lookout. Mangatarere Valley Road: Up Carrington Creek or from road-end up valley. Mt Holdsworth Road: Major access to Atiwhakatu and mid Waiohine. Upper Waingawa Road (Kaituna): Access to forest boundary and Mitre Flats Hut. Mikimiki Road: Track to Kiriwhakapapa roadend. Kiriwhakapapa Road: Central Waingawa catchment. Kaiparoro Road: Track onto Kaiparoro. Putara Road: Poled route to park boundary. Kakariki West Road (Mangahao): Poled route from road end to park boundary. Mangahao Road: To Mangahao River and Dundas Ridge. North Manakau Road: Up Waikawa Stream and Panatewaewae Ridge. Otaki Forks: No discharge of firearms in designated zone (see maps at Otaki Forks carparking areas). Ngatiawa Road: To Kapakapanui. Access over private land - keep dogs on leads, remove bolts from rifles.


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code: 1. Plan your trip 2. Tell someone 3. Be aware of the weather 4. Know your limits 5. Take sufficient supplies

Waiotauru Road: Upper Southern Waiotauru River. Ruamahanga: Permission required from Mr M Wyeth, Ph: +64 6 372 5875. Poled route leads to park boundary and joins a track to lower Ruamahanga and central Waingawa catchments. Scotts Road (Tokomaru Block): For access information contact Palmerston North City Council, Ph: +64 6 351 4425. Gladstone Road (Mill Block): Legal road crosses private land - keep dogs on lead, remove bolts from rifles. Poads Road (Ohau entrance): Access over private land - keep dogs on leads, remove bolts from rifles.

Map information - NZTopo50 BM34, BN32, pt BP32, BN33, BN34, BP32, BP33 and BP34

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What to hunt - Deer are present. Goats are confined to certain areas. Pigs occur in low numbers. General information - Aorangi Forest Park is a Recreational Hunting Area (RHA).

Commercial hunting is not permitted. The Tauanui Valley in the northern block offers good deer hunting. The Makotukutuku (Washpool) catchment is popular in the southern block. Goats are confined to the

eastern side of the south block and Waihora catchments. Pigs occur in low numbers throughout the park. Access Whakatomotomo Road: Walking access
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only. Access to upper Turanganui River. Whatarangi Road: Walking access only. Hurupi and Pinnacles Streams, Washpool Hut, and tracks to Mangatoetoe Stream. Cape Palliser Road: Walking access only. Mangatoetoe Stream, Mangatoetoe Hut. Kaiwaka Road: Poley Stream, walking access only. White Rock Road: Castle River, walking access only. Haurangi Road: Ruakokoputuna River.

Waikuku Lodge, Sutherlands Hut and Averills Hut, Mt Ross. Vehicle access to locked gate. Access - When crossing private land please contact the landowner: Dyerville Road - Dry River, Bull Hill Track: Walking access only via logging road. Access closed during extreme fire risk. Tauanui River - Tauanui Hut: Walking access only from locked gate. Landholders - When crossing private land please contact the landowner:

Makotukutuku Stream: (Washpool Hut), Permission required from Mr D McIlraith, Ph: +64 6 307 7823. Pararaki Stream, Pararaki Hut: Permission required from Mr W Jephson, Palliser Bay Station, Ph: +64 6 307 8210. Please state the number in your party. Ngapotiki Lodge/Stonewall: Walking access only from White Rock Road and Cape Palliser lighthouse.

Map information - NZTopo50 BQ33 and BR33

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General information - Recreational hunting is encouraged. Exception - Because of a high level of public use, hunting or discharge of firearms is not permitted in the Catchpool Valley, Landcare Research Block, the Orongorongo Valley within 200 metres of the edge of the river-bed and within 200 metres of the Orongorongo Track. The Catchpool pine plantation is closed for logging until further notice. What to hunt - Small numbers of Red deer occur throughout the park. Goats are found in open country. The best pig hunting is in low altitude gullies and valleys during winter. Access - The southern section of the park is well tracked, but there are few formed routes in other areas. Access is limited mostly to tracks that follow rivers into the park. Catchpool Stream/Park HQ: Orongorongo River (via Orongorongo Track) or McKerrow Track, with an unloaded firearm. Ocean Beach, Corner Creek: Mount Matthews (follow streambed). Western Lake Road: Easement through Onoke farm settlement, to Battery Stream, and Wharepapa River and hut. Closed to hunters and dogs during lambing. Western Lake Road - Rimutaka Incline: Legal access up Cross Creek. Consult the neighbouring landowner if you are unsure of the boundary. Permits must state if dogs are to accompany hunters. Rimutaka Summit: State Highway 2 opposite the summit tearooms. Park boundary follows State Highway 2 from the summit east to the ridge between Prince and Owhanga Rivers. Kaitoke: Rimutaka Incline and Pakuratahi River, access to the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) Upper Pakuratahi Forest Hunting Area. GWRC permit required. Ph: +64 4 526 4133. Hine Road: Whakanui and McKerrow Tracks. Wainuiomata Water Supply Area: Access is controlled by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Ph: +64 4 526 4133.

Landholders - When crossing private land please contact the landowner: Mukamuka Stream: Permission required from Manager, Wharekauhau Station, Ph: +64 6 307 7570. Western Lake Rd - Waiorongomai Valley and Waiorongomai Hut: Permission required for dogs or firearms, from R P or C G Matthews, Ph: +64 6 307 7741 or +64 6 307 7740. Permits must be countersigned by a Matthews family member.

Dogs - must be kept under strict control and must not disturb other park users, especially in the Catchpool and Orongorongo Valleys. They must not menace stock on adjoining properties. Map information - NZTopo50 BP33, BQ32 and BQ33

hut information - There are too many huts available

to list here. Tararuas, Wairarapa side, 31 huts, (with a further 20 on the Kapiti side); Aorangi, 3 lodges and 8 huts and Rimutaka, 10 huts. So we recommend that you visit DOCs website for details: wairarapa/wairarapa-hunting/where-to-hunt/

more details - contact Wairarapa Area Office:

Phone: +64 6 377 0700; Fax: +64 6 377 2976; Email: Address: 220 South Road, Masterton 5810 Postal Address: PO Box 191, Masterton 5840

Dogs For all areas - If dogs are to be used, breeds and registration numbers should be recorded on the permit. A maximum of three dogs are allowed per group. Lost dogs should be reported to the nearest Department of Conservation office.
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Title: Firearms Guide 3rd Edition Produced by: Impressum Media Inc, San Pedro, California, USA System Requirements: Windows 7 & 8; Vista, XP and now a Mac version Available from: RRP: US$39.95 Reviewed by: Trevor Dyke
The last version that I reviewed of the Firearms Guide DVD I had some viewing problems on my computer. This version was a dream to use and clicking from one section to another was no problem. Edition 3 now has military firearms, with a total of 55,000 firearms, airguns and ammunition from 500 manufacturers. Just click on rifles, handguns, shotguns, black powder, ammunition or airguns to view. The schematics library contains over 3,000 firearms and airguns with parts lists from 268 manufacturers. you can zoom in on small parts and printout any schematic. The printable target section gives a choice of 500. Ideal if you are looking for some new novelty targets for a club shoot. A video clip on the FNH Ballista Precision Sniper Rifle is worth viewing just to see how simplistic it is to pull apart. you can choose up to 14 different search criteria such as calibre, stock type, material and finish, barrel finish, price range (US$) made in etc, each with its own drop-down menu. While viewing a firearm you can also click on Show me the ammo and it will bring up the ammunition for it.


Title: Time on the hill with The Colonel Produced and presented by: John Sanders Running time: Approximately 120 minutes RRP: $35.00, includes post and packaging Available from: John Sanders, 41 Argyle St, Weston, Oamaru 9401 Reviewed by: Trevor Dyke
This is the latest of a series of hunting DVDs that John Sanders, (aka The Colonel), has put together. John, going on towards 67, and now retired, reckons when you retire you still have to do something; so go hunting as long as you can. Being out there is what it is all about. Hunts that are featured on the DVD include chamois, 2011 roar, a tahr hunt, Johns big stag, pig and wallaby, ending with several minutes of bits and pieces. For the chamois hunt he takes out Corey who is from Wyoming, USA, and as part of his New Zealand hunting experience they also go after some wallabies. The 2011 roar chapter has some good hunting with some nice Red stags being taken. On the tahr hunt John and the crew take along a bow hunter from Canada who wants to try and bag a bull tahr with his bow. Johns big stag is certainly that and is the largest stag that he has taken. The bits and pieces section at the end is exactly that, but shouldnt be dismissed. It includes a pig hunt with a hunter from Norway. The section also has some interesting scenes such as a paddock full of rabbits, hares along a skyline and some quail feeding. While not spectacular, they are the sort of scenes that make it worthwhile to be in and appreciate the outdoors. Another section within this section features the Waimate Pest Quest hunting competition with a focus on the younger hunter. The only criticism that I have with this DVD is the soundtrack. Comments in the field and narrations are almost inaudible. This is a shame because it would have been good to have been able to hear what was being said. This is a pity because it is an interesting DVD and reasonably well put together.

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ODe tO the AGING huNters

By Brian Cosgrove


Title: Flashing Antlers Produced by: Stealth Films Ltd Directed by: Steve Couper Running time: 85 minutes Format: NTSC RRP: $39.99 Available from: Stealth Films Ltd, Steve Couper, PO Box 2149, Queenstown 9349 or online Reviewed by: Trevor Dyke
Recently released by Stealth Films Ltd Flashing Antlers is another fine DVD in their hunting series, which contains multiple bush and mountain hunts, all 100% free range hunting. From the start, leaving the fly camp and one minute later walking into deer, you know that you are in for a treat of a mixed bush and mountain hunting. Filming was carried out on Mt Nicholas Station, Queenstown and in Fiordland during the roar. The quality of the filming is very good with some magnificent scenic footage. The station provides some great Fallow buck hunting out in the open tussock on the hills. Throughout the footage there are the odd hunting tips that are offered and could be useful in improving your chances when out hunting. The Fiordland section shows some very impressive roaring Red stags with close up camera work. There is also a Red deer encounters bonus section that adds to what you have already been watching. This is definitely one for the DVD library; and it would also make a great gift to send to an overseas hunting friend.

Up the Lewis Pass we travel With plans and dreams and marvel At the mountains yet to conquer And see the streams that wander Down valleys we might never know, And ponder views of natures splendor Where deer find rest and birds do nest In forests clean and pure. Where waterfalls in hidden glens Tell us that there is an end To the journeys of our mountain men. We thought the day would never come, When these adventures would be done. But alas tis true for me and you we cant always do, the things we do for the mountains are higher, and the rivers colder than the ones that we once knew. And the road up the Lewis that we travelled on Even the bends we once knew are gone. They tell us its progress, well if they must. But for me I even miss the dust of a road that was an adventure to travel, that tested the grit of man and muscle. But the mountains remain, and the bush is the same God knew we needed a haven. May you honour and protect it, enjoy and respect it This land God made just for you.

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12 - 18 November 2012 This championship is primarily a team event for Pacific countries, with a maximum of three two-person teams from each Pacific country; however, individuals are also invited to participate. For detailed information contact NZDA, Wellington, NZ +64 4 801 7367 or email: The following shooting disciplines will be held at Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa, New Zealand: Silhouette Matches: Air Rifle Rifle (Heavy) Rifle (Light) Scoped Rifle Matches: NRA 120 Shot R/F Teams NRA 120 Shot R/F Individuals 60 Shot C/F Individuals 60 Shot C/F Teams Benchrest Matches: Light Varmint Heavy Varmint Rimfire Friday 16 Saturday 17 Sunday 18 Friday 16 Saturday 17 Sunday 18 Sunday 18 Closing/ Presentations 6.30 pm for 7.30 pm dinner. Sunday 18 Tokoroa Club, Chambers Street, Tokoroa Monday 12 Tuesday 13 Wednesday 14 Opening/Welcome 6.00 7.00 pm. Wednesday 14 Tokoroa Club, Chambers Street, Tokoroa The following shooting discipline will be held at Rotorua Range, Meads Road, Rotorua, New Zealand: Service Rifle: 100 & 200m 200 & 300m Saturday 17 Sunday 18

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NZ Hunting & Wildlife 177 - Winter 2012

NeW ZeAlAND DeerstAlkers AssOCIAtION INC. NAtIONAl shOOtING CAleNDAr 2012 - 2013
DATE July 2012 Saturday 14th Sunday 15th Branch South Waikato Branch - Waikato Regional Championships Saturday - 60 Shot R/F 3P @ 50 & 100m Sunday - 60 Shot C/F 4P @ 100 & 200m (The normal national matches) Contact: Colin Curreen - Ph: 07 886 4090 Brian Lambert - Ph: 07 886 5714 Malcolm Perry - Ph: 07 348 4473 Pacific Regional Shooting Championships Training Match Saturday - 120 Shot R/F 3P @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot C/F 4P @ 100m Contact: Colin & Sandi Curreen - Ph: 07 886 4090 Malcolm Perry - Ph/Fax: 07 348 4473 Pacific Regional Shooting Championships Training Match Saturday - 120 Shot R/F 3P @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot C/F 4P @ 100m Contact: Colin & Sandi Curreen - Ph: 07 886 4090 Malcolm Perry - Ph/Fax: 07 348 4473 National Shooting Week 60 Shot R/F 3P @ 50 & 100m 60 Shot C/F 4P @ 100 & 200m 60 Shot 200m Prone 80 Shot R/F Metalic Silhouette 60 Shot Short F Class 100 & 200m R/F 50m Running Game 30 Slow + 30 Fast C/F Running Boar 20 Shot Match Contact: TBA Pacific Regional Shooting Championships Training Match Saturday - 120 Shot R/F 3P @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot C/F 4P @ 100m Contact: Colin & Sandi Curreen - Ph: 07 886 4090 Malcolm Perry - Ph/Fax: 07 348 4473 Pacific Regional Shooting Championships Training Match Saturday - 120 Shot R/F 3P @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot C/F 4P @ 100m Contact: Colin & Sandi Curreen - Ph: 07 886 4090 Malcolm Perry - Ph/Fax: 07 348 4473 Rotorua Branch - Central Regional Championships Saturday - 60 Shot R/F 3P @ 50 & 100m Sunday - 60 Shot C/F 4P @ 100 & 200m (The normal national matches) Contact: Malcolm Perry - Ph/Fax: 07 348 4473 South Waikato Branch- North Island Champs Saturday - 60 Shot R/F 3P @ 50m & 100m Sunday - 40 Shot C/F 4P @ 100m Contact: Colin & Sandi Curreen Ph: 07 886 4090 Malcolm Perry - Ph/Fax: 07 348 4473 South Waikato Branch National Championships (Pacific Regional Shooting Championship format) Saturday - 120 Shot 3P R/F @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot 3P C/F @ 100m Contact: Colin & Sandi Curreen - Ph: 07 886 4090 Malcolm Perry - Ph/Fax: 07 348 4473 RANGE Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

Saturday 28th Sunday 29th

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

September 2012 Saturday 1st Sunday 2nd

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

March 2013 TBA


Saturday 29th Sunday 30th

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

October 2012 Saturday 13th Sunday 14th

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

Saturday 20th Sunday 21st

Rotorua Range Mead Road, Rotorua

November 2012 Saturday 24th Sunday 25th

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

February 2013 Saturday 23rd Sunday 24th

Tokoroa Shoot Sports Complex Newell Road, Tokoroa

At time of writing dates and venues were to the best of our knowledge at this time. Please check with the host branches nearer the time of the event.

NeW ZeAlAND DeerstAlkers AssOCIAtION INC. prIZe shOOtING CAleNDAr 2012

DATE November 2012 Saturday 3rd Branch Taupo Prize Shoot 20 Shot 4P @ 100m Graded, All equipment Contact: Bill Seal - Ph: 07 378 9630 RANGE Jack Dillon Range Taupo

These dates and formats were correct at the time of printing. Please check with the branch concerned nearer the date of their prize shoot for any changes that may have been made.
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