5-8 & 26-29 November 2014
I have hunted this area since my early teens and shot my first ever deer there, an 8-point sika stag. A fluke I admit, however a very special moment as it all happened while hunting together with my dad. I wrote an article about that hunt way back in issue #68.
Anyway, to kick this series off we head down to the Desert Road, its early spring and the Southern Kaimanawas should (yeah right...) just be beginning to see the first of the new growth.
The Southern..... Read More
Nik and Scotty head into the Northern Kaimanawas for some winter sika hunting...
The Kaipo Valley would have to rate as one of my all time favourite places to hunt sika. Upon first visiting the Oamaru Hut back in 1991 I knew instantly that this was a special area and one I would be visiting time and time again. I began writing about my trips into the Oamaru way back in issue #67, which is over twelve years and exactly 79 issues ago!
View across the Upper Kaipo towards the well known an..... Read More
Working a 28 days on 28 days off roster I get a bit of time for some leisure, but heading to work on the 25th of March is not ideal when you like hunting stags in the roar. One of the longest months in my life!
Suzi and Blair with two more sika heads for the collection.
Back from the shipyard in China and ready to go stag hunting, my wife Suzi had all the food and gear prepared, all I had to do was load it into her car ready for the morning. We travelled to Taupo and I took Suzi throug..... Read More
Three magnums, three barrels, 'one gun'...
NZG&H first reviewed the Blaser R8 Professional Tracker back in issue #135. It proved to be a fine rifle with great balance and an almost shotgun type feel to it when bringing up to the shoulder.
For those familiar with the Blaser family of firearms, feel free to jump ahead a paragraph. For those who aren’t, Blaser is a German firearm manufacturer recognised here in New Zealand for its flagship R93 Straight Pull bolt-action rifles. High qualit..... Read More
Nik, Scotty & Phill field-test a high quality spotting scope from a world-class manufacturer...
It was on one of our roar hunts into a new area last year that we saw some potential for testing a spotting scope. The wide tussock valleys, open tops and expansive clay pan faces looked ideal for some serious glassing.
Phill and Scotty (Right) searching for sika with the Swarovski ATX 25-60x85. Phill found the spotter and tripod setup comfortable for extended periods of glassing.
Dur..... Read More
Nik Maxwell reviews the latest offering from master gun makers Mauser...
When Hugh Bradley (Stager Sport Ltd) rang to say he had a Mauser M 12 chambered in 6.5x55 (fantastic cartridge!) for NZG&H to review, to say I was excited would have been an understatement. I have always had a fascination with Mausers, and for me they personify the ultimate in a classic and well-crafted rifle.
I have shot several Mauser-actioned rifles, and my own main hunting rifle is a Mauser 98 Husqvarna chambe..... Read More
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
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