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Slamming Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is a funny guy, that alone might get him off kiddy fiddling charges in New Zealand, but like most people in the arts who are famous they think they are entitled to an opinion on everything and it gives them a free licence to bully people who have views and beliefs that are different from theirs.

His latest attack has been on a woman hunter.

James Delingpole though gives him a thorough slamming.

Comedian Ricky Gervais has decided that because we liked The Office, quite enjoyed a couple of sketches in Extras (the David Bowie one and the Lenny Henry one) and weren’t all driven to suicide by Night At The Museum, we should therefore care what he thinks about giraffe rights.

Gervais takes them so seriously that when he found a photograph of “extreme huntress” Rebecca Francis posing next to the body of a giraffe she had shot, he just couldn’t resist exposing her to the righteous wrath of his 7.5 million Twitter follows, earning the poor woman a string of death threats.

What Gervais clearly doesn’t appreciate – why should he?: his job is making people laugh and hanging out with smug Hollywood liberals, not reading or thinking – is that any intelligent person who really cares about Africa’s wildlife ought to be backing people like Rebecca Francis to the hilt.

If it weren’t for Africa’s game industry there’d be virtually no game left in Africa to photograph, let alone hunt.   Read more »

Upland Game Gear

Simon and his Cabelas Upland Game trousers

Simon and his Cabelas Upland Game trousers

By Simon Lusk

I have introduced a good number of people to upland game hunting. Those who are serious ask about the clothing I am wearing and usually end up getting the same gear I wear.

The most important piece of clothing is a good pair of upland pants. Upland hunting means bashing through blackberry and gorse so without a good pair of pants you will get cut to ribbons. Pants need to be at least 600 denier, or gorse and blackberry will go through them.

In recent seasons I have been using Cabela’s Roughneck Upland Jeans, which are the best upland pants I have worn. The facings are 1000 denier, but they are very soft and comfortable to wear compared to older upland pants. Get the brown not the blue ones, as the brown can be used for waterfowl hunting as well as upland.   Read more »

Heavy v Light Shotguns

roosterhBy Simon Lusk

Getting the right gun for upland game hunting can be the difference between successful hunts and coming home without anything in your game bag.

There is a school of thought that lighter guns are better for upland hunting as they are easier to carry in the field and faster swinging so better for fast birds. I bought into this theory some years back, and bought a very light Fabarm Lion. I wanted a light semiautomatic for quail shooting, and especially covey flush shooting. The Fabarm was the lightest left hander I could get at the time. I basically could not hit anything with it, and the next season replaced it with a much heavier Remington 1100.

The Remington is a big heavy gun that suits my shooting style perfectly. It is so good that I can make shots without having good footing, and I can shoot off balance and still expect to bring birds down. I am six foot two and two hundred and ten pounds. I started shooting really, really well, which was more to do with the gun than my shooting ability.   Read more »

Get better friends

A bloke who got shot by his mates says he won’t stop hunting, and nor should, but what he should really do is get better friends to hunt with.

A hunting accident that left a young farm worker with a gunshot wound across his back has been criticised by an outdoor advocacy group as another needless case of “mates shooting mates”.

Max Verschuuren was out spotlighting near Whakatane on Saturday night and was half way up a slope trying to locate one of his kills when a mate back at their ute mistook his headlamp for a deer’s eyes and blasted a hole in his back with a .270 rifle.

The 21-year-old said from his hospital bed yesterday that had he not been bending over emptying stones from his boots, the bullet probably would have struck him through the chest and killed him.

The impact was like being smashed across the back with a “hot, sharp metal rod”, he said.

“The next thing I was thinking was, holy s**t, I’ve been shot.”   Read more »

Get hunting boys, it gets you all loved up

Get hunting…it will improve your love life.

Whether it be in the boardroom or on the hunting ground, male competition can cause a sudden spike in testosterone levels.

Now a new study has found a link between testosterone and the caring side of men when they return home from the ‘hunt’.

The study revealed that the higher a man’s testosterone has risen during the day, the more the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin he tends to produce on his arrival home.

The researchers also found that the increase in oxytocin was greater for those men who were absent longer

The study was based on Tsimane people, who are an indigenous population of forager-farmers and hunters who live in the lowlands of Bolivia’s Amazon basin.

Researchers claim the human hormone system is particularly well adapted to their lifestyle which revolves around small, tight-knit communities that produce their own food.   Read more »

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Pathetic, makes me want to go and nail all sorts of African animals

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There is nothing worse than celebrities going out and doing something then pathetically apologising for their actions after some whiners and whingers arc up on social media.

Glenn McGrath is the latest no-dick to apologise after shooting a game animal in Africa. Worse still it happened in 2008…but that hasn’t stopped the whingers.

Former Australian test cricketer Glenn McGrath has said he deeply regrets shooting African animals – despite speaking about wanting to do so two years before.

He is facing a wave of angry criticism after pictures showing him with dead African wildlife began circulating online.

The photographs of McGrath, who is known to enjoy hunting, can be found by searching Chipitani Safaris, a game park in South Africa, but appear to have been removed from the website.

They show the former fast bowler crouched beside what looks like a dead buffalo, two hyenas and posing with the tusks of an elephant.   Read more »

Have the Herald’s ‘standards’ infected NewstalkZB?

NewstalkZB has a story about a hunter being fined for illegal use of radio tracking devices.

A Nelson man has been fined over $2000 for using illegal dog tracking equipment.

Dean Burke pleaded guilty in the Nelson District Court to using unlicensed radio communications equipment and hunting unlawfully.

The equipment is the wrong radio frequency for New Zealand and interferes with other services used for operational and safety communications in rural areas .

Burke has also been ordered to do 70 hours community work.

Here is an image of the story….see the problem?

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What a sook, just go bloody hunting and stuff the whingers

David Cameron has blasted a couple of rats of the sky to satisfy his longing for going hunting…apparently he is worried about the outcry of shooting deer.

He needs to seriously harden up.

These days he prefers not to discuss his love of deerstalking.

But David Cameron still treats pigeons as fair game – and has taken a 12-bore shotgun out to hunt them near his home, it has been claimed.

The Prime Minister even asked Scotland Yard protection officers to seal off woodland in Oxfordshire while he took aim, according to a startling disclosure.

The Tory leader is said to have targeted pigeons because he ‘missed’ the days when he could shoot deer in Scotland.

Last night animal rights groups reacted furiously to the claims, accusing the PM of killing animals for ‘sheer pleasure’.

Mr Cameron is said to be an expert deerstalker and has spoken openly in the past about his fondness for country pursuits including foxhunting and shooting.

But since becoming Prime Minister, he has been less keen to talk about his love of field sports. Yet when he was missing the days when he could go deerstalking at his father-in-law’s Scottish estate, he went out to shoot pigeons in the woods, according to the newly published diaries of The Telegraph’s Scottish Editor Alan Cochrane.    Read more »

Firm caught hazing Thar loses licence

Earlier in the year I wrote about a helicopter firm that was busted on video hazing Thar. I released the video (viewed nearly 9000 times) at the time along with details of the complaint…a story the media ignored.

Well, now that firm has lost its licence to hunt on Conservation lands as a result of the ensuing investigation.

A company has lost its hunting permit after illegally hunting thar on conservation land in the South Opuha area.

Department of Conservation’s Eastern South Island services director Andy Roberts said Ashburton company Station Air’s permit to do aerially-assisted trophy hunting was terminated after a breach of the permit conditions.    Read more »

Susannah not backing down after outrage over pics of her daughter enjoying duckshooting

Yesterday we and outrage over a t-shirt some womble scientist wore, the other day it was over Susannah Constantine’s photo of her daughter duck shooting.

Susannah, of the Trini and Susannah TV show fame, is made of far sterner stuff than the scientist who cried over the shirt.

She sticks it to the moaners and whiners.

I’ve learned in the past week that sometimes in life it’s better to duck. When a newspaper ran a piece about my daughter on her first shoot with the headline ‘Ten years old and smeared in blood’, the fallout was loud and instantaneous. My daughter Cece was horrified – because she’s 11, not ten.

I’m certain that the hullabaloo about her age will haunt us for weeks. But the rest of the article, which was centred on the fact that she had shot her first duck and, in the time-honoured country tradition, had been ‘blooded’ with a quick smear of the cheek, completely passed her by. Water off a duck’s back, you might say.

To her, a country girl, shooting food for the table is a natural part of rural life. My only regret is that the fuss brought about something I’ve always tried to avoid. I’ve never wanted to include my family in my professional life – and never have done – but sadly her picture was only deemed to be newsworthy because I’ve been on TV.

The one thing I’d do differently is not post the photo on Instagram. It was naive of me to think it would stop there, and naive of readers to believe a picture speaks a thousand words when it camouflages the sportsmanship, conservation, habitat management and regulation that lies behind all country sports.

The brief media clamour was, however, a sign of how times change. When my father took me on my first shoot and blooded my face, it was a regarded as a celebration of rural life. Everyone understood it, everyone supported it. My father was not a TV presenter, and no one cared what he did in his private life. But it was also 1970 and people were still watching the Black and White Minstrel Show – and that was OK too.

‘Duckgate’ – as we now call it at home – and the overwhelming response (both positive and negative) has caused me to reflect on my views about rural life. If I’m honest, it gave me a sense of pride to see my daughter tackle something adult and challenging – and succeed.

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