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Whaleoil Projects – The European Mount

Last week I went for a bit of a hunt with my mate Simon Lusk.

This is what I stalked in on:

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It was a nice even 8 pointer Red deer stag. There were three roaring in that area, and they were answering our calls. I went up the slope after them and left Simon to keep them calling while I stalked closer. It was pretty thick undergrowth and plenty of Ongaonga too. On the way up the slope I was sidling staying down wind but I put up several hinds and a couple of spikers. The stags weren’t moving, so obviously holding tight with hinds having a good old root.

I came up through a game trail in some ferns and bracken and spotted this deer moving across the slope from left to right until he stopped for a look side on to me. I had already dialled the scope back to its lowest setting and knew I didn’t have long for the shot, up came the Tikka T3 Lite rifle, I centred the cross hairs just behind the shoulder and sent the 150gr .308 Nosler Ballistic tip on its way. I have a moderator on the rifle so heard the thump as the bullet hit home. The deer bolted and I swore. It was less than 40yds away, probably closer to 30yds. I moved up to the spot where I shot it and saw the spray of blood. He was hit and from the colour of the blood he was hit hard.   Read more »

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Dream holidays of bloggers?

For some reason the NZ Herald thinks bloggers and their dream holiday destinations are news.

When I say bloggers, I really have never heard of a single one of them. It seems to just be an arts, lifestyle and travel blogger…plus one called a “self love blogger”…which is…uhmm…interesting.

With summer over for another year, it’s only natural we’re already dreaming of escaping the upcoming winter.

With the help of Contiki, New Zealand’s most popular bloggers have shared their dream destinations and wanderlust inspiration for 2016 – with everywhere from Finland to Coachella making their bucket lists.

Right, so a paid post then…I thought such things were evil…oh wait, it is only evil when I do it.

Since they want to know what bloggers want for holidays (and all theirs are so utterly gay) let’s begin with my dream holidays.   Read more »

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Guest post on guns, criminals and licencing

What a week. Three firearms incidents in a week along with an enquiry into how criminal scumbags are getting guns.

All this attention makes me nervous that now law-abiding people like me might (in the future) get a rubber-glove treatment when we buy guns all because some criminal scumbags (who are unlicensed) are managing to acquire guns and, in particular, military-styled guns. It spurred me to write about it.

I’m a licensed firearms owner and a friend of Cam. I’d like to think I’m responsible. I keep my guns locked up in big steel safes with solid steel doors that have combination entry and bank safe-styled multi-locks. They’re bolted to the floor and hidden in a cupboard that’s also locked. The police inspected my safes and were happy with my arrangements.

I’ve got four guns:

– semi-auto .22 rifle;
– Semi-auto shot gun in 12 gauge;
– .300 Winmag rifle (big calibre for big animals);
– An AR15.

I’m about to buy another three new centrefire rifles in an assortment of calibres to deal with various distances of shooting (sub-400m, over 1000m and close-bush hunting). A wider range of calibres gives me more choices and means I can take the right rifle for the location.

In the world of rifles it helps to know that some  projectiles are fast and flat but don’t go far, yet others are longer-ranged with curved trajectories and yet others are more suitable for short range, like in the bush where you are literally metres from big wild critters, like wild nasty pigs. You can’t really cross over calibres. For example, a big calibre rifle is just too powerful and dangerous for small varmint shooting and at close range. It could ricochet off the ground or will blow the animal into a pile of mince meat. One selects the appropriate rifle and calibre to suit the conditions.   Read more »

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When you have failed at attacking Trump, attack his kids instead

There is real panic in the US now, and after failing to stop Trump with mocking, abuse and attacks against the man himself, the left and the Media party are now going after him via the actions of his kids.

The Daily Mail reports:

Donald Trump today leapt to the defense of his sons for hunting endangered wildlife in Africa.

The Republican frontrunner was questioned about his sons Eric and Donald Jr after Mia Farrow tweeted a picture of them

The property magnate made his remarks while giving a press conference at his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire, Scotland, during the Women’s British Open.

Trump spoke for a full 30 minutes, giving an insight into his future diplomacy skills.

But when questioned about photographs of his sons with a dead leopard in relation to the killing of Cecil the lion, Trump simply said his ‘sons love to hunt’.

He said: ‘My sons love to hunt. They are members of the NRA, very proudly. I am a big believer in the Second Amendment.

‘But my sons are hunters, Eric is a hunter and I would say he puts it on a par with golf, if not ahead of golf.

‘My other son, Don, is a hunter. They’re great marksman, great shots, they love it.

‘I em, like golf. I don’t do that.’

But he could not be drawn into comment on the specific issue of shooting endangered animals.

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An Isuzu DMAX Shadow and some hunting

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Just before Christmas I picked up another Isuzu DMAX from my mates at Southern Autos Manukau.

It is the “SHADOW”, a tricked up DMAX built on the LS model.

The blurb states:

The Isuzu D-MAX SHADOW comes with over $8000 worth of accessories, Limited Edition 20 Wheels, Black Sports Bar, Blacked Out Grille, Blacked Out Mirrors, Black Graphics Package, Reverse Camera, Tinted Windows and much more.

This Limited Edition vehicle is based on the tough and dependable Isuzu D Max LS Double Cable 4X4 Automatic. Fitted with Air Conditioning, 6 Air Bags, Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Program, USB/AUX, Bluetooth Phone Connectivity, Bluetooth Music Streaming, Cruise Control, Child Seat Anchor Points, Projector Headlights, LED Tail Lights, Factory Running Boards and the list goes on.

Which is all well and good, but what does all that mean for a real bloke who isn’t swayed by marketing speak or upset because CGI animals are talking about getting killed to get into the truck?

Unlike Toyota these trucks don’t need CGI to get animals into the truck; real blokes and proper sheilas kill the animals and chuck them in the back of the truck like they are meant to do. They are proper and real utes, even when tricked out with the accessories.   Read more »

Savages!

Imagine the social media outrage if this happened today?

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This will upset the leftie liberals: gun licences up by 50%

Waiting for the weapons grade howling and hand-wringing over this news:

The number of people applying for gun licences has increased by more than 50 percent in the past year but not everyone sees it as a bad thing.

Police figures show the number has jumped from 21,000 in 2014 to 34,000 this year.

The figures reveal there were 12,000 more applications for gun licenses processed this year compared to last year.

The police attribute the increase to a 10-year cycle of licence renewals, which are now due.

They say there is a bell-curve in that cycle, which will reach a peak of 50,000 next year and then start to decline.

Firearms safety consultant Nicole McKee agreed but said it could also be down to a rise in people’s interest in hunting.

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Oh bugger. Not another one

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Police say a man has been killed in a hunting incident in western Bay of Plenty.

They are investigating the death of the 27 year old in the Te Kaha area last night.

Police said a party of three men were hunting at about midnight when a firearm was discharged and one of the group died at the scene. Read more »

A hunting we will go

The might Isuzu DMax from Southern Autos in the Central North Island

The mighty Isuzu DMax from Southern Autos in the Central North Island

I have spent the last three days on a Dad and Daughter hunting trip.

Here are some photos and video to enjoy.

Miss Whaleoil bagged a nice fat Sika hind from 300yds with a .260 Remington.

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What did CAA want? The hunter to die?

Sometime bureaucrats can be complete arses. This time it is CAA and they are hounding a guy because he stepped in when a pilot couldn’t perform the needed manoeuvres to effect a rescue on someone trapped down a cliff.

As a result the clipboard wielding prigs at CAA are after him because he dared to fly when he shouldn’t have.

Scott Lee fell down a bluff and the hunter was left dangling on a cliff edge with a broken femur. But bad weather meant the Westpac Rescue Helicopter could not locate him.

Local pilot Dave Armstrong stepped in and completed the rescue.

Mr Armstrong is now facing charges, because his license was suspended at the time due to a medical condition.

Kaikoura Search and Rescue alternate controller Mike Morrissey says if Mr Armstrong had not stepped in, the hunter could have died.   Read more »