South Westland Chamois

February 14, 2013

Well the doc tells me I must’ve overcooked it a bit last year so a hernia op and 6 (hopefully only 2) weeks of taking it easy is going to give me plenty of time to update the site with what we’ve been up to on our dvd filming adventures.

Winter hunting sika and red deer in the Hawke’s Bay was getting a bit tiresome last year so i decided on a long weekend and a drive down the road. 1500km down the road…

The ferry isn’t known for it’s speed so we commandeered it and took the thing up to top speed. Wifey had a drive while I chucked a lure over the back:

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8 hours driving once off the ferry and then the walking, glassing, then more glassing began. That was the theme for the next 5 days as i introduced my wife to the amazing scenary, adventure and challenges that South Westland has to offer.

A quick stop on the way down for wifey to get her eye in:

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Walking:

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Glassing:

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More glassing:

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Something different – some more glassing:

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There were Tahr in the usual steep and horrible spots but Chammy were the target species and it took 2 full days to find one:

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Ranged at 1200 yards the stalk began up a creek bed, through the monkey scrub, up waterfalls, down waterfalls, into a cave (then back out of the cave – wrong way), until we reached the bottom of the avalanche shute the young chamois buck controlled.

As they do he knew we were there and was off at speed as soon as we poked our heads over a small brow. A quick shot from the boss had him down though. First chammy for wifey on her first south island hunting trip – a bit tin arsed???

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Stoked – mission achieved and with a couple days left in paradise – back to camp we go:

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The rest of the trip was spent exploring and looking for something bigger which we never did. One more chammy fell for the table on the last day.

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Over the last 12 months the gear has had a real test in some of the nastiest scrub that the kawekas and ruahines can throw at it – I was rapt with how it performed in the big open and big cold country of the south.

More to come this week as I rest up and get ready for a full on season of chasing stags.


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