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  1. As we move in to spring, the weather is improving allowing us to go offshore for some more adventurous fishing. The style of fishing we employed is called “deep drop”. It’s essentially fishing big baits down deep, anywhere from 200 to 600 metres. Electric reels are used. It may seem unsporting, but after you winch a big fish up from 300 metres, their utility becomes obvious! Early start and we motored off towards the sun. After a couple of hours motoring, we got to our spot, 60 km offshore and over 200 metres deep. No land in sight in any direction. There's a shark fin in the middle of the second picture! Electric reel doing the hard work. Bites were forthcoming straight away. The most exciting part of deep drop fishing is watching your catch come to the surface. First fish was a type of wreckfish called bass locally. This one was small, but they are highly favoured for their eating qualities. Catch and release is not an option at these depths due barotrauma. Sharks are nearly always a problem and can be quite difficult to handle. Luckily, they release nicely as they don't have a swim bladder and are therefore unaffected by depth changes. We didn't hook any monsters, just many tope to around 20lb. Many other species followed including cusk eels which are erroneously called ling locally. Ugly, but good eating; another type of wreckfish called hapuka; gemfish, an aggressive deepwater predator with huge teeth and kingfish which were unexpected surprise. Kingfish are similar to tuna from a culinary point of view and great for sashimi. The fishing was so good, we hedged our bets and stayed out longer than we should have done. This meant a bumpy ride back, but it was worth it! Safely back in the harbour with well over 100 pounds of high quality eating fish on ice.
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    I would recommend an AR15 with full auto option and large capacity magazines just to be on the safe side. A bayonet might also prove useful in a tight situation. Good luck!
  3. Thanks. The goats in NZ are domesticated animals turned feral population, so I wouldn't claim they pose a great challenge for the hunter. The challenge is finding them and getting in and out the bush safely. Make no mistake, this environment will kill you if you get it wrong!
  4. Everyday is a learning day for all of us. Thanks to one of your posts a while back, I started taking the backstraps. We had them for dinner tonight. Salted, seared, then blow torch for a little extra flavour. Excellent!
  5. Lockdown restrictions have been eased, so we can travel further afield. I decided to go for another goat hunt as we are getting a bit low on meat in the freezer. I realise these reports are all a bit similar, so will do my best to spice them up! Back to my regular spot. Scenery wouldn't be out of place on the film Predator! About an hour in to the bush, I caught a glimpse of movement in the scrub and saw a short tail wag. I sat still and waited. Heard a lot of crashing about and expected a big group of goats to pass through when a pig hunter, his wife and their three dogs appeared. These situations can sometimes be a little tense and really highlight the importance of gun safety, but all was good and pleasantries were exchanged. We agreed a plan to avoid each other and he would give me a 10 minute head start. In reality, this wasn't going to work as we were heading up the same ridge line. From that point on, I wasn't really in the right frame of mind. I had the dogs on my heels and it felt a bit futile. At a small clearing, I spooked a young goat. I think it winded the dogs and disappeared in to the bush. I pushed on and literally walked in to two nannies. Mid-neck shot with a Hornady 300BLK Sub-X round put one of them down. Then it got up and ran off! I'm really not happy with the performance of these subsonic cartridges and am going to seriously consider custom reloads or using supersonic rounds. I went off after the injured goat. As it turned out, it literally bowled over my new pig hunter friend who was on the other side of the ridge. A bit bemused he said it went that way! I followed a big blood trail and found the goat crumpled at the bottom of a small gully. Although the shot was fatal, it ran about 25 metres. Just not acceptable in this environment with respect to animal recovery. As per normal, I harvested the back legs and back straps from the animal. I got to try out my new knife. It is an Outdoor Edge Razor Lite EDC. It has replaceable blades and performed well on one animal at least. Not one for the traditionalists, but it's going to be very useful on multi-day hunts in the bush. I was happy with my animal and decided to give the pig hunter some space. Headed home after a relatively short walk and back in time for lunch!
  6. Still doing mass air drop poisoning and the rabbit competitions are still going. In a good year, one team will shoot around 2000 rabbits in a 24 hour period.
  7. Whatever you do, don't overcook it. A common crime when cooking any fish! A deep sear is good.
  8. 2 inch group at 100 metres isn't that bad, but I understand that you want better. Is it the gun or the shooter? Are you letting the barrel cool between shots? Sako ammunition goes well in Tikka rifles for obvious reasons.
  9. https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/16902/tb-infected-possum
  10. Definitely, but you only see them at night. I don't take much pleasure in shooting them. It's an ethical thing for me. If I'm not going to eat it, I don't want to kill it and no, I'm not eating possum, although some do! I know they're an invasive pest species, but that's just the way I think. Occasionally, farmers ask me to control numbers and I oblige. Guess it is, the boy is quite tall for his age.
  11. Farm hunt with my son and 22LR. Not too many rabbits around, but turkey numbers completely out of control. We took two rabbits and four turkeys. One of the rabbits became a much appreciated present for the farmer's dog. He pretty much swallowed it whole! The other rabbit and turkeys were prepared for the table.
  12. Very good. Having shot quite a few turkeys with 22LR, I know that shooting birds with a rifle is not as easy as you make it look!
  13. Rules changed yesterday, we are now allowed to go fishing within certain limitations. You can't stop Kiwis from fishing. That's one of the few things that would cause a riot! We made the most of it. Life is so much better when you can go fishing!
  14. Yeah, I like raw with lemon and salt. Hot smoked most of the ones we harvested the other day to make them more kid friendly.
  15. Pretty much that. I can only speak for myself as I'm in a relatively good position re: work/income, but if we were allowed to fish/hunt, I'd be happy to stay in lockdown forever.
  16. Mood is OK at the moment, although public sentiment is on a knife edge. I think most people would agree that our government did a good job with the management of COVID19/lockdown a year ago. This time opinion is mixed. The government has tried to balance health concerns against social and economic concerns by opening up the border with Australia, but it hasn't worked out and vaccine rollout has been slow. In a sense, we are back to square one, so no one is happy whichever side of he debate they are on.
  17. All good. I've been heavily involved in heated COVID19 discussions on NZ forums, so I'll just read the words of wisdom here and pass no comment 😀
  18. You're an adventurous lot! My 6 year old would agree with you on the culinary appeal of oysters.
  19. We're back in full on lockdown here in NZ. Oyster hunt with my son. About as exciting as it's going to get for us until things change.
  20. 9/11 definitely. I was in my early twenties when Diana died. Just got home heavily jet lagged after flying back from New York. My mum woke me up to tell me the news. Apparently, I had a go at her for waking me up about something so trivial. She loves telling that story!
  21. Here's the emergency kit I take in to the bush. I sometimes carry it big distances, so it's kept as light/small as possible and fits in a small pouch. If you're hunting out the back of a truck, it doesn't matter how much gear you take within reason. Couple of observations. Don't turn in to an amateur paramedic. There's no point carrying kit that you don't know how to use. Some of the guys here carry military-style tourniquets for control of serious haemorrhage from a limb. I'm undecided on that to be honest. As for a .30 cal bullet to the head, chest or the abdomen, I don't think anything you carry is going to make any difference apart from maybe a PLB/satellite phone if out of cellular reception.
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