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Finally found some goats after a dry spell. Unlike most New Zealand hunters, I treat them with respect rather than a pest or target practice and am somewhat restrained in how many I shoot.  They aren't the most difficult animal to hunt, but can get a bit spooky if they receive a lot of hunting pressure. Regardless, they are a great resource for young and novice hunters. 7mm08 did the business at 60 - 100 metres. 

I harvested the back legs from the two larger animals and prepared the smaller animal for a spit roast.

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7 hours ago, Houseplant said:

Finally found some goats after a dry spell. Unlike most New Zealand hunters, I treat them with respect rather than a pest or target practice and am somewhat restrained in how many I shoot.  They aren't the most difficult animal to hunt, but can get a bit spooky if they receive a lot of hunting pressure. Regardless, they are a great resource for young and novice hunters. 7mm08 did the business at 60 - 100 metres. 

I harvested the back legs from the two larger animals and prepared the smaller animal for a spit roast.

Pictures to follow...

They look delicious 👍.

This might be a daft question , with a very obvious answer , but why do you only use the back legs , and not the whole carcass? .

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It's a good question. With a larger calibre centrefire and classic shot placement, the shoulders are often destroyed. Goats have very small backstraps and are just not worth the effort. The smaller animal shown in the second picture was selected for cooking whole, so that was a headshot at 60 metres. It was field dressed on the spot as you can see, and is now hanging in my chiller. 

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Goat is going to be cooked by an American friend. He is a BBQ wizard and will cold smoke it before spit roasting low and slow. Last time he cooked for us, everyone preferred the goat over the venison 😲

I went for another goat hunt yesterday. No goats, but got a turkey. That will be cooked the same way and added to the feast.

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21 minutes ago, Houseplant said:

Sad to say, no need. You pretty much just walk up to them and shoot them. Very stupid birds. Can't see why our American friends get so excited about turkey hunting. 

Agree.  I was taken on a turkey hunt down in Texas and as long as you sat still they would walk right up to you.  The CANNON I was loaned would have been over the top for goose shooting on the wash.  I was not ungrateful for the opportunity obviously and tried my best to show how I had enjoyed it.    On a couple of occasions when down there I saw them flushed from a ridge and that would be slightly better fun.

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1 hour ago, Walker570 said:

Agree.  I was taken on a turkey hunt down in Texas and as long as you sat still they would walk right up to you.  The CANNON I was loaned would have been over the top for goose shooting on the wash.  I was not ungrateful for the opportunity obviously and tried my best to show how I had enjoyed it.    On a couple of occasions when down there I saw them flushed from a ridge and that would be slightly better fun.

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I have watched a few vids of Turkey shooting in the US and have always wondered why they enjoy it so much. No different to shooting pheasants with an airgun in your back garden!

I asked once why they don't just use a rifle and apparently in a lot of states that's illegal.   

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