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  1. People aren't allowed to die any more! Common sense and compassion got lost along the way.
  2. Yes, that was my point, although obviously not clearly made. There is more to this discussion than medicine, or indeed medicines.
  3. I've skimmed read the thread. Medicine is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Prevention of disease, especially diabetes, hypertension and heart disease is a good thing for patients and public health service finances in the long run, but requires huge investment in the short term. We are not very good at it in the western world. Additionally, this is a much bigger issue of lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking and exercise which you may/may not believe is related to socioeconomic status depending upon your political stance. Either way, medicine cannot fix those things. Encouraging healthy lifestyles and preventative medicine is a good thing, but doing frequent blood tests on everybody would be a massive waste of resources for relatively little return. Every blood test result must be taken in context of the patient sitting in front of you. An abnormal blood test in isolation from clinical assessment is of very little value most of the time.
  4. Launch from the Hokianga harbour which is west cost Northland. Same region as BOI, but west coast (BOI is east coast). "Regions" are somewhat analogous to counties.
  5. Thanks for the comments. North of the north island.
  6. Another local goat hunt. I've been concentrating my efforts on an area of public land which adjoins private farmland that I have permission to cross. I've come to realise that the spot is a conservationist's nightmare. The native bush has literally been eaten away by goats. It's more like a European forest in places than the jungle I'm used to hunting. Good for me as it's easy to navigate, traverse and spot animals. On entering the bush, I caught a glimpse of a small animal. Couldn't quite identify it. As I got closer, I could see three of them. Curious. They disappeared in to a fallen tree... Couldn't resist having a peek with my torch... I could see two little kittens hiding in the darkness, presumably the third was behind them. No sign of their mother, but they looked in great shape. Another conservationist's nightmare as feral cats predate heavily on native birds. These cats were very lucky it was me that found them and not someone else. No doubt they would have been shot or worse. I have my own ethics on these matters and left them to it. On with the hunt. There were game trails everywhere and I found some fresh footprints. It wasn't too long before I heard a commotion in a denser part of the bush. I climbed over a fallen tree to get a look. There was a depression in the ground on the other side with several goats in it, but I couldn't get a clear shot at any of them. In the end, I crawled along the fallen tree and was able to shoot one of them which was standing on a big tree stump. I saw it jump/fall from position, but couldn't be sure I'd hit it. Close range shots are just as likely to go wrong as longer range shots in the heat of the moment. Another animal appeared and I shot it to ensure that I was taking some meat home. It fell down dead on the spot and I climbed down off the tree. There were goats everywhere! I often hear how easy goats are to hunt, that's not been my experience so far, but these animals were very naive. I'm guessing they'd never seen a hunter, or indeed any human before. I managed to get a photo of a few of them before they ran off. Most hunters here would have shot them all and left them to rot in the bush. It turned out that I had hit the first goat as intended. Now I had two goats to process. I just took a photo of the second as the first was heavily bloodied and covered in forest floor detritus. This was no issue once skinned. Perfect eating size. The walk out was uneventful until I got back on to the farmland. There were goats all over it! I had the meat that I needed in the bag, so let them go about their business. It was a fun and rewarding morning. A few calories burnt, meat in the bag and lots of animals seen.
  7. It's a difficult situation even if you have done nothing wrong, which you haven't. Would subsonic loads be an option? As a point of interest and nothing more as obviously not relevant to you, in New Zealand, if firearm usage endangers, annoys, or frightens any person, it is an offence. Luckily, most rural people are sensible and it's not an issue. However, as the suburbs sprawl in to rural areas and city dwellers decide to pursue the country living dream, things are changing fast. I've stopped rabbit shooting in a couple of locations for this reason.
  8. As summer ends, so does our game fishing season. Months of easterly winds have not been kind to the east coast, but with a good forecast on the "other side", we set off from the west coast in the northern part of New Zealand. Early start. Trolling rods were soon out, main target was marlin, but ever hopeful for yellowfin tuna! We caught some skipjack tuna (or skippies). A much loved fish... as bait! No one eats them which is odd because they are the species you'll most likely find in a can of tuna. I kept a couple for the table. We saw some big fins which is always exciting as it either means we have found our target species or another large predator which may be feeding on the same bait source. Turned out to be a couple of big sea lions. A cool encounter. Sea got dreamily flat by mid-morning, but no marlin strikes. We found ourselves in some ridiculously deep water and decided to do some "deep drop" fishing, basically dropping big skippy baits in to the depths with the use of an electric reel. Lucky we had one kilometre of line on the reel! Bites straight away, but the excitement waned when we realised we had landed on shark city! After a dozen small sharks, we had enough and moved in to a shallower spot. The red line on the sounder represents a huge number of big fish. We loaded up on the first drop. Bend on the rod doesn't look very much, but it's a 36kg class rod! Excitement builds as our catch nears the surface... Bluenose! A highly prized eating fish with firm, flaky fillets, not unlike Atlantic cod. Bluenose kept coming, we even caught two at a time. With five big fish on ice, we decided to call it a day and head home. We trolled back to shore over several hours, but the marlin didn't want to play. Safely back at the boat ramp. 12 hours fishing, 16 hour round trip and lots of fish filleting to do afterwards!
  9. Cheers. I'm in Northland, which believe it or not is in the north of the country. Worst place in NZ for hunting and trout fishing, but some of the best saltwater fishing in the world.
  10. Thought I would share the final stage of this hunt. Cooking game has become almost as important to me as the actual hunting. Slow roasted goat with Mediterranean spices. Fall off the bone tender!
  11. Lots of Lee Enfield rifles and similar being carried around the bush here. Not out of sentimentality, rather necessity. Some have been horribly disfigured, turned in to very short carbines and "sporterised" with plastic stocks. You're better off not seeing those pictures!
  12. MyTello isn't free, but it is cheap for country-country landline and mobile calls.
  13. Think I've seen a couple on YouTube. Jetski fishing is a really big thing in Australasia. Seadoo make models all setup for fishing. Just add tackle and go. Have to say after a lifetime of fishing from the rocks/shore/bank, getting afloat is a complete game changer. Doesn't have to be a ski, even a kayak opens up a new world.
  14. Tourbon stuff is fine. Sold on AliExpress. Also resold in NZ with different labels on it. Mel on this forum makes some great stuff, so that would be my first port of call.
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