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Hey team,

NZG&H Issue #169 hits the shelves today and is jam-packed full of great material!

Field Editors Craig Maylam hunts fallow with a 6.5 Creedmoor chambered Patriot - one of Mossberg's newest hunting rifles; Hayden Sturgeon attends the NZ Ammo/Proof Research seminar; Frazer Winskill gets in behind a Barrett .50 Cal and Don MacDonald reviews new thermal optics.

We also have plenty of other informative articles for both hunter and shooters alike, so be sure to grab a copy!


Nik - Editor/Publisher


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“Frontier – the Battle for the North Island”

Peter Maxwell’s controversial book about the New Zealand War campaigns of the 1860s tells a story few New Zealanders really understand, and has now been reprinted a third time.

“Frontier” threads these complex events into their direct chronological sequence, traces the campaigns on the ground, and unlike the politically correct accounts approved off by the academics, treats both Maori and European fighting men with respect.

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Intro Column #169: Get Involved...

If you think your hunting and shooting activities are safe, think again. It has become increasingly obvious that our recreational pastimes are under real threat as those in power look to place further restrictions on our firearm ownership while systematically undermining our hunting heritage and game animal harvesting opportunities. The most... read more

Kaweka Ranges: Omarukokere Tops, Mangaturutu & Venison Tops

11th Sep – 14th Sep 2017 In my late teens and early 20s a few mates and I did several trips into Ngaawapurua Hut and it was during these hunts that I spent quite a bit of time up on Te Ruatakaikare. From high up on this central Kaweka location I would often gaze towards the expansive, open tops of both Te Pukeohikarua and Ngakawekaiti. The... read more

Kaweka Ranges: Manson Country

28th Jul – 31st Jul 2017 The Manson, another iconic area, and if the number of hut bookings is anything to go by, one of the most popular fly-in destinations in the Kawekas. Comprising some of the best open tops, scrub gullies and bush stalking opportunities the Kawekas has to offer, it is no wonder that this area receives high concentrations ... read more

Northern Kaimanawas: Tiki Tiki Stream

19th May – 22nd May 2017 The Northern Kaimanawas would easily be the one area where I have spent much of my time in the pursuit of sika – the Kaipo River, the lower reaches of Ruatea ‘Jap Creek’ Stream, and the Tiki TIKI Stream top the list of places I’ve hunted in this region. As soon as I had my firearms and driver’s licences, m... read more

Intro Column #168: No GAC, no game, no guns...

Crikey, things are really starting to heat up in the hunting, shooting and outdoors sectors. It feels like we are getting bombarded from all directions by those in power who seek to take away much of what we value. Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has recently proposed the axing of the Game Animal Council (GAC) in what is arguably a str... read more

Intro Column #167: Skin in the game...

As we wrap up our 167th issue, New Zealand Guns & Hunting magazine enters a new phase as my wife Amanda and I take over the business from Peter and Lesley at the end of June.  Peter (Dad) and Lesley look to begin their retirement and I have somehow managed to coax the magazine from them! Both Amanda and I are looking forward to beco... read more

Kaimanawa Ranges: Thunderbolt Stream

31st March – 2nd April 2017 At last! Work was out of the way, there was a clear weather window (well, for the first couple of days anyway...) and I was finally able to head down to the Southern Kaimanawas for a jaunt over to Thunderbolt Stream. After having to postpone this trip a couple of times, it was third time lucky and I couldn’t wait ... read more

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