Why is the default position of the Media Party to side with criminals?

Here we go again.

An idiot with a death wish is firing a gun in a  suburban street, and the liberal elite media luvvies that weren’t crapping themselves lying on the ground dodging bullets and safely ensconced behind their keyboards write lengthy epistles second guessing people who are paid to protect us by putting their own lives on the line.

3News reports:

Wellington’s police commander says he’s confident officers “acted appropriately” when they fatally shot a 25-year-old gunman who opened fire in an Upper Hutt fast food restaurant.

Superintendent Sam Hoyle tonight confirmed earlier media reports that Pera Smiler of Upper Hutt was the man killed in the armed stand-off in the city’s business district yesterday.

“I have reviewed the CCTV footage of the event this afternoon and remain confident that my officers acted appropriately to keep the community safe,” Supt Hoyle said in a statement.

He said police were still sifting through hundreds of pieces of information and dozens of witnesses, as well as providing support for Smiler’s family.

Before he was shot Smiler told a store attendant who was attempting to talk him down that he was trying to get into the army, but was rejected because of his police record.

Aside from that exchange, not much is known about why he took a high-powered rifle into a McDonald’s and fired a single shot, leading to much of the business district being put into lockdown.

Witnesses told NZ Newswire say he was incoherently screaming as he paced back and forth on the corner of Main and Wakefield St.

No one else was hurt during the opening skirmish inside the McDonald’s or later when Smiler shot at the police dog that accompanied the uniformed officers who eventually shot and killed him.      Read more »

Guest Post – Calling Quail

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his might Isuzu D-Max

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his mighty Isuzu D-Max

by Simon Lusk

Californian Quail can be very cunning and hard to locate. I have spent many, many hours trying to locate birds right across the country, doing reasonably well with dogs, but did substantially better when I started using a locator call.

Mouth calls are tricky to get to work well. I have tried most on the market and while they can help locate birds they do not always sound right, so I have largely given up on them. Instead I use an AJ Productions Call with an upland card in it.     Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Georg P. Uebel.

Photo: Georg P. Uebel.

Attacking the Queen

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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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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.

Good shootin’ Tex

Bet you can’t do that twice

Shootin’ and liquor with Hunter S. Thompson

What I was doing last weekend

On my Facebook wall there is a lively debate going about whether or not I should have a) posted this and b) shot the goat int he first place.

Last weekend in the midst of all the Len Brown fall out I was also shooting goats…lots of them…about 80 for the weekend.

Here is one…I called him Leonard…a randy old goat with a big ball sack, but not able to withstand a 150gr ballistic tip .308.

He was one of two standing guard on a mob…we knocked them both over then got stuck into the mob.


Leonard the Goat at rest beside the Tikka T3 Lite with suppressor

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