Hunting

Kaweka Traverse: Middle Hill, Ballard & Makino Huts

21/04/2015
Kaweka Traverse: Middle Hill, Ballard & Makino Huts
22-25 March 2015 It had been a few years since I last visited the Kawekas. My last trip was a week long hunt at Mangatainoka Hut with my mate Scotty and brother-in-law John in 2012. Prior to that I had done several other trips into Ngaawapurua, Harkness and Gorge Tops. For this trip I chose to walk a loop beginning at Makahu Road and linking up Middle Hill, Ballard and Makino Huts along the way. Taking a break from the bush stalking, the plan was spend time glassing the open country a..... Read More
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Sika Roar 2013

17/02/2015
Sika Roar 2013
A late April hunt in the Kaimanawa mountains. After a couple of roar trips hunting dense bush valleys, Scotty and I thought it was time for a change. After speaking with Riley, an ex-pilot from Heli-sika, we ended up booking a block that offered more open terrain. I’ve always enjoyed visiting and exploring new country and after spending some time on Google Earth and pouring over the associated Topo50 map of the area we soon came to learn that this particular block offered a bit of everythi..... Read More
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Northern Kaimanawas: Ruatea Stream, Jap Creek Headwaters

16/02/2015
Northern Kaimanawas: Ruatea Stream, Jap Creek Headwaters
6-9 February 2015 Last issue we ventured into the Southern Kaimanawas for some hunting along the Southern Access Corridor/Poled Route, this time we head in from the opposite end of the park to hunt an iconic area of the Kaimanawas; Ruatea Stream or as it is more commonly known as, 'Jap Creek'. Ruatea Stream begins as two large gullies that join up to form one huge valley, which runs directly South into the Oamaru River. Another large valley joins the stream a little further down on the tru..... Read More
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Southern Kaimanawas: Southern Corridor Access, Desert Rd

30/01/2015
Southern Kaimanawas: Southern Corridor Access, Desert Rd
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
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Sika in the Kaipo

16/01/2015
Sika in the Kaipo
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
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Red stag & two sika

20/12/2014
Red stag & two sika
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
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Blaser R8: Revisited

26/08/2014
Blaser R8: Revisited
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
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Swarovski ATX 25-60x85 in sika country

29/06/2014
Swarovski ATX 25-60x85 in sika country
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
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Mauser M 12 Extreme 6.5x55

04/03/2014
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
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Tahr in the Hopkins

03/01/2014
Tahr in the Hopkins
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
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SIKA HUNTING TIPS & INFO:
 
The NZG&H sika hunting column featuring tips & information on hunting methods, areas to hunt, huts & campsites to check out, weather
and terrain.