Hunting, relaxing and finishing with a big boom

Over the weekend I went for a much-needed weekend away hunting.

We were trying out a new spot, on private land, and we were targeting goats, as SB wrote on the weekend.

I will be writing up several posts about the trip over at The Wild in coming days, but I thought I’d share some photos of where we were and what we saw… and I will finish with a big bang.

This is where we stayed:

There was a nice group of old buildings, and that one was an original farmer’s house that has been converted into hunters’ accommodation.

This is the dunny and a good idea of the view from the accommodation area:

And another of the view. Yesterday was a beautiful, clear day and we could see Tongariro, Nguahoe and Ruapehu:

Here is my fallow hind, shot on a steep face, and where it ended up in a deep gully perched on a rock. I gutted it and took its head off there, and then slung it over one shoulder and spent the next 30 minutes climbing out to take it back to the four-wheeler:

Tikka, .308, left-handed, with suppressor and Harris bipod

The other guys nailed this fallow spiker with a head shot:

Of course, I would never have got there without my trusty Isuzu DMax from Southern Autos:

And, finally, here is a video of some fun and games we had with some surplus primers, which are a bit unreliable:

Firstly, we put 5000 primers in a tin can, then sealed it up with duct tape:

Then we stood back at what we thought was a safe-ish distance (it wasn’t) and let rip with my .308:

The tinkling sound you hear at the end is the spent primers and dirt showering all the buildings nearby. The next one we blew up was placed a bit further away.

The tally for the weekend was three fallow, around 75 goats (but we took the back wheels of about 15 of them… the rest were in areas too steep to get to) and about 100 possums from a night shoot.

Check on The Wild in the next few days for the tall tales of hunting near Kawhia.

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