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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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“Depressing”, “irresponsible” and “dangerous”…nah just hunting

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James Delingpole comments on the current outrage over the above image by Susannah Constantine.

When is it wrong for a child to be taught discipline, responsibility and a love and understanding of the traditional ways of British country life?

When that lesson involves guns and game fowl, apparently.

Hence the story in today’s Daily Mail in which we are invited to be shocked by the fact that author and TV presenter Susannah Constantine has put up photographs on Instagram of her ten-year old daughter Cece beaming proudly, her face smeared in the blood of the first mallard duck she has shot and is pictured holding round its neck.

“Depressing”, “irresponsible” and “dangerous” claim the various animal rights campaign groups quoted in the article.

But for me – and, I would hope, the vast majority of Breitbart readers – the messages sent out by that charming photograph are the exact opposite of the ones that the animal rights fascists would like to impose on it.

How uplifting to see a ten-year old enjoying the outdoors rather than being hunched, as most of her contemporaries are so much of the time, over a computer!

How very responsible of this lucky girl’s wonderful parents to teach her such skills as fieldcraft, camouflage and markmanship, as well as imbuing her with an understanding of issues like conservation and the intimate relationship between meat and killing, and enabling her to operate on equal terms in a world traditionally dominated by men.

And how very safety-conscious to train her up from such a young age as to how to handle a deadly weapon responsibly.

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It’s funny the little things that make you start to wonder about a government

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A reader writes

This has been floating around for a few weeks now but despite initial assurances it would be sorted out quickly the former Urewera National Park which has been given back to Tuhoe to run is still closed to hunting until at least Christmas and over the popular spring hunting period.

This is despite Chris Finlayson, the PM, DoC and Tuhoe at the time of the Tuhoe settlement assuring us that public access would not be affected.

However for the first time in 25 years (since I was 14) I will be unable to spend a few days this spring wandering around the Urewera looking for some high quality wild meat for me and nowadays the kids because nobody is issuing permits and there seems to be a great deal of doublespeak around if and when they will be issued again. Read more »

They said it wouldn’t happen, but it has, Tuhoe ban hunting in the Ureweras

When management of the Ureweras was handed over to Tuhoe there were many who said Tuhoe would restrict access…they were shouted down.

As predicted it has come to pass.

We have now seen the establishment of apartheid controls in our National Parks.

Hunters with Department of Conservation-issued permits have been kicked out of the Urewera Ranges as Tuhoe flexes its muscles after regaining control of the national park.

Hunting in Te Urewera has been suspended indefinitely and all DOC permits to hunt or run pig dogs in the area are now void.

The dramatic changes come on the heels of Te Urewera Act in which Te Urewera’s status as a national park was rescinded and management ceded to the new Te Urewera Board, a joint Crown-Tuhoe partnership.

DOC communications and engagement adviser Robyn Orchard said permits to hunt in Te Urewera were no longer available.

“We’re not issuing permits. DOC hunting permits are not being recognised by the board. That’s all I can say.”

The changes were confirmed by Tuhoe spokesperson Herehere Titoko.

“Permits previously issued by DOC are no longer valid.”

Waikato Deerstalkers Association president Pete Evans said he was unaware DOC permits were no longer valid until contacted by the Waikato Times.  Read more »

They are rugby players not a bunch of blouses

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A bunch of squeamish limp-dicked wowsers are happening scorn on Crusader rugby players because they dared to enjoy a spot of hunting…legally, shooting legal game animals, with legal permits, and legal guides.

If these blokes stepped out of the bush in New Zealand with a 12 pointer Red stag, a massive Captain Cooker and few goats to feed the dogs wearing nothing but boots, shorts and a swannie then we’d be calling them good keen blokes.

Pictures of Crusaders rugby players on a hunting trip in South Africa are being used by an environmental organisation in its fight against what it calls canned, or joyride, hunting.

The players shown in the four pictures posted by the Landmark Foundation on its Facebook page were Tom Taylor, George and Sam Whitelock, Ben Funnell and Tyler Bleyendaal. In each picture, one or more of the players was posing beside a dead animal. The animals were a zebra, a blesbok, a gemsbok and an eland.

Foundation director Dr Bool Smuts said none of the animals involved were endangered and he expected the hunting was legal.

But his foundation was “against the whole concept of trophy hunting”.

“If it was a biological intervention on a professional basis … for management of species and biodiversity we can understand that,” Smuts said.

“When these people (hunters) come out they want to hunt the thing with the biggest horns, the most dominant males usually because they are the good trophies, so the natural selection is not natural at all.”

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The Hunting Show Interview

I was called up over the weekend by Stephen Spargo and asked if I wanted to do an interview for The Hunting Show.

Here it is:

Check Out Hobbies Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Hunting Show on BlogTalkRadio with The Hunting Show on BlogTalkRadio

I hadn’t heard of this show, but I’ve spent a bit of time listening in on the podcasts.

Visit their Facebook page and enjoy the offerings.

It is great to have a hunting focused radio show.

Every season they come for your guns

The Herald on Sunday has a rather poorly researched article about an apparent need to urgently review gun laws.

The call comes from a hippy academic who is the chairman of Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University. Why is Otago University has developed a reputation for politically active wombles making trouble from their state funded trough?

In any case this hippy tool has exclaimed that we need tighter gun control….apparently.

A string of hunting accidents is proof New Zealand’s firearms laws need to be reviewed, a leading gun control advocate says.

In the past 10 years, 19 people have died and 57 have been injured by firearms.

A 44-year-old duck hunter suffered serious injuries after being shot in the elbow last Saturday. Another man, also 44, has been charged with careless use of a firearm causing injury and released on bail.

Kevin Clements, chairman of Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University, said there were 1.1 million guns in the country and gun laws needed “urgent” review.

Currently, licensed gun-owners can provide firearms to people with no licence or training, so long as they are supervised. There is no limit to the number of firearms a licensed holder can own.

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Tahr Helicopter hazing case gaining wider coverage now

Last week we broke the story of a helicopter operator caught red handed on video hazing tahr. The video has been view more than 5,000 time as the story spreads.

Now the Timaru Herald has taken up the story.

A report of “indiscriminate” heli-hunting on public conservation land in South Canterbury has angered the deer hunting fraternity.

Footage of the alleged incident has appeared on the Whale Oil blog, and a group of South Canterbury deer hunters have also provided a sworn affidavit to the Department of Conservation.

According to the affidavit, the helicopter operator chased the tahr into a small gully, before dropping two people off to shoot the animals.

“After some flying up and down the gully it was obvious that the animals were being herded to where the shooter was,” the affidavit said.   Read more »

[EXCLUSIVE] Illegal helicopter hazing of Tahr caught on camera

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Himalayan Tahr Photo/ Stealth Films

As regular readers will know I am a fan of hunting…the last trip I went on required me to stalk and observe Sambar. After I shot my deer I then had to go and locate and retrieve the animal…this was all done on foot, including recovering the animal up a steep blackberry covered gully.

Some people think that hunting should be done from helicopters. I disagree with them.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with the culling of pest herds and using helicopters and trained cullers to do that.

But actually flying over scared and frightened animals, or worse hazing them into exhaustion and then allowing people to shoot them is not hunting. It disgusts me.

I have been provided this video of a helicopter operator hazing and herding Tahr on Department of Conservation land. This requires the helicopter pilot to drop off his “hunters” and then to harass and scare animals into the range of what you will see are obviously inexperienced and useless shots.

Accompanying the video is a sworn affidavit of the three actual hunters who, sitting in blaze orange, were on a ridge when the helicopter cowboys flew in and proceeded to haze the Thar. They managed to capture stills, and video of the whole incident which has been released exclusively to WOBH.

According to the affidavit, signed by three NZDA hunters, they observed in the South Opuha block the following:

On that morning at 11:17am 9the time when the first photograph was taken) we were located at grid ref 170° 42.0976’E; 43° 54.441’S at about 1200m ASL to the south of Sugarloaf when we heard, then saw an approaching helicopter. It was travelling from the valley of the South opuha and along the tributary of that river which runs between our position and Sugarloaf heading in a north westerly direction, slightly higher than we were at about 1350-1400m. We could clearly see the marking of this black machine, HQL. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

A Punt Gun, was used for duck hunting but were banned because they depleted stocks of wild fowl

A Punt Gun, was used for duck hunting but were banned because they depleted stocks of wild fowl

Punt Gun

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