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  1. One from the archives, just for you Chris 😄
  2. Most sensible thing I've read in a long time!
  3. Thanks for the interest Old farrier. Hopefully, I'll get to post some more hunting-related stuff in due course which may be of more interest to PigeonWatch members. As for jetski fishing, I'll start by saying that jetski fishermen are a different species from the idiots that hoon around, tearing up swimming beaches, scaring boaters and wildlife alike. Those guys give us a bad name. As a demographic, we tend to be middle-aged and serious about fishing. Most "downgraded" from a boat, or as in my case, "upgraded" from a kayak. My jetski is a Yamaha Waverunner FX HO. It is 3.4 metres long and the engine is a 180HP four stroke. It stable, fast and reliable. Kawasaki and Sea-Doo make similar models. Sea-Doo recently produced the first dedicated fishing ski which has got people talking. Jetski fishing is big in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and some parts of the USA. As a personal choice, I only use lures from the ski, mainly soft plastics and metal jigs. Bait fishing is just too messy within the confines of a ski (or kayak) for my liking. Fortunately, we have an abundance of big fish that are happy to jump on plastic and metal lures! I wrote a short article on the subject for a lifestyle magazine, so thought I'd post it as a general overview.
  4. Dolphins are common, they bow ride the ski sometimes which is pretty cool. I see whales occasionally and have had a pod of four orca rush right up to the ski in attack mode! Luckily they were smart enough to realise I wasn't food. There are a lot of sharks, it's just part of life. They can be a pain because they will take hooked fish. I've seen 3 metre plus mako jump clear of the water. We have great whites as well, but they are generally well behaved. Sharks are viewed as a risk to manage, rather than something that causes panic. People swim, surf, dive and even spearfish without too much concern.
  5. Thanks for the comment labstaff. Most of that journey was through a natural harbour, so not that far offshore on this occasion, maybe 5km. Having said that, I regularly fish 20km offshore and even further in the summer months when chasing game fish. 80km rounds trips are the norm, including my local harbour run. 100km would not be exceptional. Fishing skis are big, stable and fast. Mine is equipped with two radios, GPS, flares and PLB.
  6. An update thread on what I've been getting up to in New Zealand 🇳🇿 Winter is here. It is cold in the mornings, but usually warms up as the sun comes up. Yesterday was a fishing trip. In Northland where I live, the fishing is very good and fish make up most of my family's protein intake. The remainder is meat from animals I shoot, usually goats and pigs, but occasionally deer and small game. Target species was snapper, a large predatory fish that will readily take artificial lures. Snapper are very good to eat! A jetski is my preferred vessel at the moment. It might seem strange, but a jetski has some advantages over a boat and jetski fishing has quite a large following in this part of the world. I launched at 0630, travelled 20km and was fishing by 0700. I dropped a metal jig down in to 50 metres of water and was rewarded by a decent snapper of around 10lb straight away. I repeated this process a further two times with the same result. In open water where there are no snags, I use very light gear, so it takes about 10 minutes to land a fish of this size. After a quiet spell, I landed a 3lb snapper which are great for cooking whole. With over 30lb of good eating fish on ice, there was no need to carry on fishing, so I packed up and went home.
  7. All are welcome! There is more than enough hunting to go around. You can even bring a rifle, provided you apply for a visitor firearms license in advance. https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/firearms-and-safety/visitor-firearms-licence-and-import-permits Anyone can hunt on public (Department of Conservation) land. This map shows what is available. Check the "Open Hunting Permit Areas" box on the left. In addition to deer, goats and pigs are fairly widespread. http://maps.doc.govt.nz/mapviewer/index.html?viewer=docmaps Just be aware that public land hunting is not easy (unless you get lucky). It often involves a lot of walking up hills/mountains, through dense bush, and sometimes across rivers. The weather is highly changeable and can be fatal, especially in the south, or at attitude. If all that sounds too exciting, you can pay to hunt on private land, but you may have to sell a kidney, or maybe two for a trophy stag!
  8. Sure, I was posting for a bit, but not sure if anyone found it interesting as I'm so far away, and the hunting culture in NZ is very different from the UK. Fishing? Where to start, it would blow you mind! I live in the northern NZ. There is no deer hunting where I live, but the fishing is out of this world. I went fishing this morning. Came home after an hour and a half because I caught more than enough fish to feed my family for a week!
  9. Depends on the child I think. My boy is 4.5. I take him fishing, but he is nowhere near ready to come hunting or be allowed around guns. I hope that changes. It's a judgement call.
  10. True. My (very brief) thought process was do I tap it on the shoulder and give it a sporting chance, or just take the shot. In my limited experience of hunting deer, wild boar and even goats, I have learnt "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", so it was obviously the latter. Backstraps for dinner tonight 😀
  11. Thanks. I walked more than 5 miles before seeing that animal. Boned it out in the bush, but it was still a hell of a walk back. You can eat wallaby, apparently the backstraps and back legs are good to eat. I haven't tried it, but will give anything a go once.
  12. Got my first deer on public land here in NZ. I live in the only part of the country where there are no deer, so a family trip south gave me the opportunity for a day's hunting. Started walking in to the bush at 0500, pitch black and raining, thinking what am I doing? Passed up a few wallabies because I didn't want the noise from shooting them to scare any deer in the vicinity. By 0930, I was starting to give up hope. Turned a corner and there was a nice hind stood side on to me, literally 3 metres away! Her head was in the foliage, so she didn't see me. Shouldered rifle and pulled the trigger. She jumped and fell over one metre away. A pretty bizarre set of circumstances. Deer hunting on public land is often difficult, so I was very lucky.
  13. When I moved to NZ, I was amazed that there were half a dozen fishing shows on prime time TV, and a couple of hunting shows too. It was so refreshing to be part of the mainstream. It would be great if you could get some hunting, or at least shooting on TV, but don’t think it’s going to change the general public’s perception. That horse has long bolted. I do not write with any smugness. Things are changing here fast. With increasing urbanisation of the population and political correctness, NZ is not far behind the UK in this respect. Christchurch was a catalyst. The anti-gun lobby have rallied and the anti-hunting lobby is starting to find a platform.
  14. Pigeon shooting banned in England? ***! What next, ban cups of tea?
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