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Hey team,

Modern and historic firearms, centerfire and shotgun reloading, competitive shooting, rifle and optics reviews, tahr, chamois, fallow and red deer hunting as well as some overseas hunting. It's all covered in issue #168 and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do putting it all together!

The 2018 Sika Show is just around the corner and once again NZG&H will be in attendance, look forward to catching up the many other hunters and shooters to talk some hunting & shooting shop.

Hope to see you there!


Nik - Editor/Publisher


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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

Kaweka Ranges: Studholme, Kiwi Saddle & Kiwi Mouth

27th – 30th January 2017 Even the best laid plans can fall though and unfortunately that is what happened with our Thunderbolt/Rangitikei trip. Due to circumstances beyond my control, our flight into the Thunderbolt Tops had to be cancelled! I was pretty gutted as it was an opportunity for Scotty and Phill to come along for a fly-in hunt. S... read more

Kaweka Ranges: Back Ridge

4th – 7th November 2016 One of the main attractions for me when I’m chasing sika is the exploration of the country they live in, Nothing beats it. since I first began hunting sika, I have always wanted to cover as much of the Kaimanawas and Kawekas as possible and visiting every established public hut and bivvy is part of this attraction. ... read more

Savage Model 16 Lightweight Hunter in 7mm-08

Nik reviews Savage Arms’ latest hunting rifle... Lightweight rifles are all the rage these days – most hunters are looking at ways to reduce the amount of weight they carry. A kilo here or there can make a measurable difference to how your body copes on an extended trip, or even a day hunt. When it comes to rifle weight this kilo can equa... read more

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