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Dec 14th, 2007 at 7:45pm
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Just thought I would start a thread on those of you (and there are more than will admit it) who have bush huts of their own design tucked away in that favoured hunting spot. I'm not seeking coordinates or incriminating details here but just photos for fun and interests sake.  Lets bring bring out the photos of those Railway Tarp wonders and show them around a bit.

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This is an old camp that I know off that was well used for 8 years at least and as far as I know is still going in the Rowallan/Dean Forest area in Southland.






Another one:







This tarp I actually found abandoned in the bush about 2 days full walk in the Southern Fiordland area. So I set it up and used to still pack tent in but it made for a brilliant shelter to cook and sit under with a fire going. I had used this for about 4 years.  Possibly still there as far as I know;


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Stagsroar,

Please don't tell me thats a phone on the side of the tree in that top photo!  Grin Grin Grin

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Please don't tell me thats a phone on the side of the tree in that top photo!  Grin Grin Grin

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We actually were going to have a Fax but they were to hard to carry in and we had thoughts that the paper might get wet!
  
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phone Shocked Shocked what the Roll Eyes dont need those to find deer
  

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leathel wrote on Dec 19th, 2007 at 3:01pm:
phone Shocked Shocked what the Roll Eyes dont need those to find deer


Na! its for making trunk calls!  Grin Grin
  
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Nice that you're branching out in your humour ...
  

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Hey cleaky!  We're going to make a new one this february arent we?  Wink  will post pics when its done...
  
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Definitely. Who's turn is it to lug up the cement for the floor?
  

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Heres a couple from central Plateau.  Top ones mine, about 8kms from where TONE and I hunted,  and one I found that belongs to some guys in Auckland.




  
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Somewhere up the Ruakituri River February 07 ... it's temporary for now, this Feb it will be adjusted thanks to the various bivvy threads there have been.


  

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Hi Cleaky. over the years ive tried many methods of construction, the best in my opinion is the stainless wire rope thru a garden hose to minimise tree damage and wear and tear on the cover. we have a tent under that cover with all the usual extras, table, chairs cooker etc, I dont worry that Rsoles may steal the gear, but could,  as most blokes prepared to walk in that far thru that crap are usually hunters and good blokes, I leave a notebook inviting hunters to use the gear but please respect it, and a few pens in a snaplock bag, one person in the last 5yrs wrote a date in the book.
  
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This year there's a fly instead of the crappy tarp, just thinking of making a bit of a frame for the fly to sit over, stainless wire sounds like a great option. Cheers.
  

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BruceC's and Cooch's in the Ruahines. We have everything we need up there in sealed containers. We take the fly down when we leave to keep it discrete. About 2.5 hours walk in.

  
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Fiordland Coast - we flew in for 2 weeks for a Roar trip. Made all the paving with rocks and sand so we wouldn't be trapsing through mud and had a home away from home for 2 weeks. The old dingy made a brilliant backing for the fireplace.
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[quote author StagsRoar : The old dingy made a brilliant backing for the fireplace.

Grin great bit of kiwi inginuity  Wink



  
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Heres a bivy in the trees  Wink Grin, below it is a cover for cooking and storing more gear.
The front folds down so u get complette cover from westcoast rain and wind, its only really good for 1 person, but 2 could fit if really needed.
At a guess it would be no less that 20feet up, over looking a clearing. SO its a tree stand/bivy  Grin Grin



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leathel wrote on Dec 19th, 2007 at 3:01pm:
phone Shocked Shocked what the Roll Eyes dont need those to find deer

handy when ringing for pizza tho Grin Grin
  
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This is one that I cam across. The Black Saks Bivi  Cheesy





  
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have come across the same one..been there for quite a few years. nice area in there

  
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heres a couple of other camps i have come across




  
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That last one looks quite cool - and well maintained.
  
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That last one looks like a small town.
  
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there was a heap of gear stashed in there but looked liked it hadnt been used in awhile
  
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Did you stay there? If they are left setup like thet the snow will feck them pretty quick.
  
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nah didnt stay there,just came across it on my way to another area. theres quite a nice set of antlers hanging in a tree there too.
  
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[quote author=RICH link=1197614710/15#18 date=1203795387]have come across the same one..been there for quite a few years. nice area in there

Yea it is a nice spot!
  
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Somewhere in the Ureweras ...


friggin palace!

comfy camp

it's even got seats!
  

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Has any body got any pics  of there own  base camps or huts at there spot x.....

this is one of our base camps  i would like to share, years of gear carryed in all  to make  it a comfortable home during the roar. Smiley







  
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Yeah, built a few. Set of bunks would go good in there m8
  
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Here's mine




Probably should have made it a bit higher, but it was the 1st one.  Apart from that its pretty sweet.
  

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stumbled accross this one.Northen Tararuas. Very nice Wink. Anyone on here own it???





Forgot too take a good one of the outside
  
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Probably been done before but post your Hunting Hiltons you have built or found here, please respect other peoples work and do not reveal there locations.
I will get things rolling with something that we built 16 years ago, photos are old so quality not too good, biv is still in good condition
Carry some gear in.

Start the build

Fit the inside out.

Finish! mud from foot traffic soon settles down, 1st attempt at a door.
  
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One has been started here already :

http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi?num=1197614710/0#0

If you like I can amalgamate this thread into it and bring the older one forward here or you could repost it if you like or we could leave it. Up to you!
  
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I thought there must be another, tack it on to the other one then there altogether, thanks StagsRoar.
  
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Rich wrote on Feb 24th, 2008 at 8:36am:
have come across the same one..been there for quite a few years. nice area in there



Just saw this thread and recognised that bivvy, beautiful area that one!
  

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the hut my old man and mates built back in the day, kaimanawas


  
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What happens to all these play forts that people build in the bush when they cant be bothered with them. They are an ugly eye sore now and when they get into a bit of disrepair most people just walk away. Whats wrong with the old saying take only photos leave only footprints. How about keeping our bush in as pristine condition as we can. Take a tent and stop ruining our wild places if you want to build a play fort build it on your own land.
  

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Three different tramping clubs now use this hut (they spay the shit out of the track with paint when they go in).
Doc have used it numerous times as a base when poising.
We have revived a letter from a bloke who crawled his way Into the hut who had been lost and with out food in very bad weather, we always leave a spar sleeping bag, food in cabnet and cooking gear.
That hut and Sapir gear saved his life.
This is the hut in post above
  
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tramper wrote on Oct 1st, 2013 at 1:43pm:
What happens to all these play forts that people build in the bush when they cant be bothered with them. They are an ugly eye sore now and when they get into a bit of disrepair most people just walk away. Whats wrong with the old saying take only photos leave only footprints. How about keeping our bush in as pristine condition as we can. Take a tent and stop ruining our wild places if you want to build a play fort build it on your own land.


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The thing that happens to these huts  in remote  parts of the  bush is generally most people respect  and appreciated the efforts it has taken to build. Like Hayds said is saved someone's life.
All these  huts and bivis that have been built  generally stay with family generations or friends who love there hunting and  will maintain  the huts.
  
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Andrew07 wrote on Oct 2nd, 2013 at 2:10pm:
All these  huts and bivis that have been built  generally stay with family generations or friends who love there hunting and  will maintain  the huts.

yeah in my experience I would agree.
  
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I think your a bit off the mark there Tramper, the only people who bother to go to all the effort of building something like that in the bush are the ones who spend a whole helluva lot of time out there and respect it.

I for one love coming across old biv sites when im out hunting, lets you know there is a bit of history in the area. Came across one this roar in thirteen mile bush up the top of the Rakaia. Fairly sure it was an old cullers site by the 30year old tin's and all of the soles off rubber boots about the place.

There is a difference between heading in and leaving crap everywhere and putting together a quality shelter so that you can spend more time in the place you love.
  
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I agree there are a few quality shelters out there. But most of the ones are just run down piles of rubbish or a frame with black plastic thrown over it. I will be interested to see what happens to Dooleys hut which is mentioned in another thread.
  

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tramper wrote on Oct 3rd, 2013 at 7:30am:
I agree there are a few quality shelters out there. But most of the ones are just run down piles of rubbish or a frame with black plastic thrown over it. I will be interested to see what happens to Dooleys hut which is mentioned in another thread.


I think there is more than a few quality bivis,huts and shelters out there. even if it's a bit of black plastic thrown over a frame its still alot warmer than spending a night out under the stars or at the base of a damp tree if you were lost.
  
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Andrew07 wrote on Oct 3rd, 2013 at 12:26pm:
I think there is more than a few quality bivis,huts and shelters out there. even if it's a bit of black plastic thrown over a frame its still alot warmer than spending a night out under the stars or at the base of a damp tree if you were lost.


Hopefully the lucky lost  fellow would then show his gratitude by carrying out a load of plastic & beer cans that these piles of shite seem to attract. 
The Haurangi's seem to have more than their fair share of these derelict shitholes...
  

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Found this one today up on the tops Southland. A well put together hut I thought.





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I'm inclined to agree with Tramper... surprising the amount of black plastic (+ beer cans etc) on the terraces of the more frequented valleys in the Tararuas.
  
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Reply #51 - Oct 4th, 2013 at 8:48am
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Manual Man wrote on Oct 3rd, 2013 at 11:50pm:
... surprising the amount of black plastic (+ beer cans etc) on the terraces of the more frequented valleys in the Tararuas.


Never ceases to piss me off when I enter a hut and see piles of empty beer cans and wine bottles littering the place.  People carry them in full and can't manage to carry out the empties?

Especially cans, that you can stamp on to compress to a fraction of their original size.  And they weigh next to nothing.

The lazy mother f*ckers need a kick up the arse!!  Angry Angry
  
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Reply #52 - Oct 4th, 2013 at 10:14am
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inclined to agree with Tramper... surprising the amount of black plastic (+ beer cans etc) on the terraces of the more frequented valleys in the Tararuas

+1
See them all over, even where hunters fly in, leave their shit behinds, polythene, tarpaulins, rubbish
1 percent might be looked after, the rest are rubbish and vermin tips
The safety angle is nonsense. Most of them are not far from roadends
Take a tent FFS
  
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Reply #53 - Oct 4th, 2013 at 10:34am
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The safety angle is nonsense.


Yes definitely a very shallow argument in favour of them.
  
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Reply #54 - May 25th, 2014 at 3:33pm
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We call this Dons Camp. The original was built by a fella Don that we knew but it got vandalised back around 1990 or so. We've been camping and hunting from this spot for as many years and in recent times erected a biv to sit, eat and walk around under for when we go in and it's raining. You could sleep in it but the sandflies are a bit painful therefore you only have to carry in tent, tucker and a fart sack.

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Reply #55 - Jun 6th, 2014 at 4:57pm
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Here's a doozy I came across in the Mangapurua



  
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Re: Bush Huts & Base Camps
Reply #56 - Jun 7th, 2014 at 9:58am
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tramper wrote on Oct 1st, 2013 at 1:43pm:
What happens to all these play forts that people build in the bush when they cant be bothered with them. They are an ugly eye sore now and when they get into a bit of disrepair most people just walk away. Whats wrong with the old saying take only photos leave only footprints. How about keeping our bush in as pristine condition as we can. Take a tent and stop ruining our wild places if you want to build a play fort build it on your own land.



I agree about the odd eyesores, but most decent bivvies have had a lot of thought and effort put into them, and are worth their weight in gold for the additional level of comfort and warmth they provide  the happy hunter. In my  youth I eagerly raced about the hills bagging huts and humped crazy loads on my back. But we don't remain 30 and fit as a buck rat forever. But the desire to be out in the bush by yourself or with mates doesn't subside with age  and I'm pretty happy that years ago I spent quite a bit of time and effort hauling in bivvie  materials to various slices of paradise. All that effort put in years ago now allows me to get in there in just the clothes I wear and a day bag, stay a week, and get back out ( hopefully with a load of meat Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes)
Having said all that, it does wind me up when people who obviously flew in or drove/quaded in leave crap that could have easily taken it back with them. Angry
  
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Reply #57 - Jun 7th, 2014 at 10:58pm
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Seen that R/D forest southland in a hunting/roar vid on this sight. It always amazes me how much stuff one will carry in
too make a base camp more like home .
  
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Reply #58 - Aug 14th, 2018 at 7:00pm
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here's some pics of mine just started setting it up done a night in an be back up there this week
  

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pretty basic dose the trick though
  

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