Joshua Leckie’s first successful tahr hunt...
These school holidays Dad decided to take my brother Angus and I on a hunting trip. He thought that the Hopkins Valley at the top end of lake Ohau would be a great place to go. As soon as Dad got home from his night shift on Thursday morning we had a quick breakfast then packed the truck and headed off.
Crossing the Hopkins River.
After the long drive from Mosgiel we were pretty happy to stop for lunch at Omarama, then It was back into t..... Read More
James Passmore hunts one of the South’s most iconic valleys...
The walk over the McKellar Pass pass into the Caples, carrying my overloaded Macpac up Pass Creek and over the Greenstone saddle, was a gut buster. This was getting there the long way and it meant driving myself on quivering thighs.
At the edge of my hunting block in the Upper Caples, right here at the saddle, I stopped to take stock. This was not the opentop tussock country I had hoped for; it was wet ground, snowgrass and ree..... Read More
Craig Maylam and daughter Emma out in the field with the Marlin XT...
With an all-up weight of just 5-1/2lbs, Marlin’s “youth” rifle lives up to its name.
My wife and I have two children, and regular readers of my articles will quickly recognise our son James. Emma, our daughter, had not yet been bitten by the hunting bug and that was okay by me, but when I took both kids to the Tahr Show for a look around Emma spotted some .22 rimfire youth rifles and wanted one! I would have bought o..... Read More
A scope for all seasons...
Famous for their binocular range, Leica has enjoyed mixed success in the riflescope market since the launch of the ER range back in the 1990s, which is strange as I found them to be a solid, well presented hunting optic. However, although the new Magnus riflescope arrived in the same silver box as the ER, my first impressions were very different. This is a totally new scope and I started getting excited as I studied the Magnus’s new features.
For testing Don ..... Read More
Nik Maxwell reviews the latest hunting rifle from Sauer...
While at the 2013 Tahr Show I met up with the Sportways Team, who showed me the range of Sauer hunting rifles, and in particular a Sauer S 101 Classic XT. Arrangements were made to review the 101, and on a follow up trip to Auckland we visited Sportways Distributors to meet up with the team who look after the sales and product review side of the operation. After receiving the rifle, chambered in .308, and fitted with a Weaver Grand S..... Read More