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Reply #15 - Jul 18th, 2008 at 1:23pm
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Really good pilot from what I've heard and read of him over the years.

Shame he couldn't quite master flying at night whilst pissed, tho, eh?
  

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Reply #16 - Jul 23rd, 2008 at 9:06pm
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He wasn't hunting at the time of his death however he may be the only pilot in N.Z. who could fly a D model at night holding a spotlight AND shoot the deer with the Colt. My mate was in the machine when he did this and was petrified. Anyone who knew him would say he was a brilliant pilot.
  
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Reply #17 - Jul 23rd, 2008 at 9:28pm
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I met joes brother recently while working in the same block as him, bloody top bloke told me a yarn about going heli hunting with his bro. Droped him off in swamp for most of the hunt [good ol brothers eh]
  
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Reply #18 - Jul 23rd, 2008 at 11:58pm
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Theres some farkin funny yarns about Dave Saxton..... if you forget about the greenstone thing he is a legend!!
  
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Reply #19 - Dec 20th, 2009 at 8:56pm
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Rex once told me  , the yanks thought they could fly coz they were in Veitnam , one of his lttle verses whent like this
           
             they came to NZ to teach us to fly ,
          but left when they realised we were mad,
             we flew like we all wished to die
         we did things in choppers that couldn't be done,
                   and we did it coz it was fun
  
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Reply #20 - Mar 25th, 2010 at 10:09pm
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I got one of Rex's books out from the school library. A year later i haven't returned it.. certainly taught me a lot!
  
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Reply #21 - Mar 25th, 2010 at 11:03pm
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just read the Dick Deaker Story - Aerial Hunter. Was quite a good read. These guys including the great Joe Keeley are my idols.

If I could do anything in my life it would be to be immersed in the era of the deer wars, shooting out of choppers and flying them all over the place. Now thats what I call living life to the fullest
  
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Reply #22 - Mar 26th, 2010 at 7:43am
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Once the romance wore off, say after an hour or so, you would find that it wasn't so glamorous as you might think. Smiley
And there were some bloody good American pilots as well,just as there were good and not so good Kiwi ones.
  
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Reply #23 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 4:59pm
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Sikahill ..you would not see old age out!  Was dam hard work. Try gutting large numbers of animals in a few hours. The fun part was flying and shooting but the hard work still had to be done afterwards..
  

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Reply #24 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 5:41pm
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Sikahill wrote on Mar 25th, 2010 at 11:03pm:
just read the Dick Deaker Story - Aerial Hunter. Was quite a good read. These guys including the great Joe Keeley are my idols.

If I could do anything in my life it would be to be immersed in the era of the deer wars, shooting out of choppers and flying them all over the place. Now thats what I call living life to the fullest



I was born a few years to late. I would have been in to that like a pig in to shit.
  
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Reply #25 - Mar 29th, 2010 at 2:44pm
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Sikahill wrote on Mar 25th, 2010 at 11:03pm:
just read the Dick Deaker Story - Aerial Hunter. Was quite a good read. These guys including the great Joe Keeley are my idols.

If I could do anything in my life it would be to be immersed in the era of the deer wars, shooting out of choppers and flying them all over the place. Now thats what I call living life to the fullest

A romantic. Guess there is still a place for them in today's hurried world. Grin
  
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Re: Rex Forrester and Joe Keeley
Reply #26 - Apr 3rd, 2010 at 10:09pm
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Sikahill wrote on Mar 25th, 2010 at 11:03pm:
just read the Dick Deaker Story - Aerial Hunter. Was quite a good read. These guys including the great Joe Keeley are my idols.

If I could do anything in my life it would be to be immersed in the era of the deer wars, shooting out of choppers and flying them all over the place. Now thats what I call living life to the fullest


As BON and ALAN said it was bloody hard work,you looked forward to days off,(rough weather,machine on check,etc) it was extra hard when live capture started and before netguns cime in, bull doging,especially if you were a smaller person, and knowing that each time you when out you mite not be coming back.
  
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Re: Rex Forrester and Joe Keeley
Reply #27 - Apr 4th, 2010 at 2:17pm
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flying back from the waihaha to taupo with joe one day n halfway over the lake the empty warning light started to scream
his shooter went all white but it didnt faze joe one bit
  

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Re: Rex Forrester and Joe Keeley
Reply #28 - Apr 6th, 2010 at 8:17am
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Sikahill wrote on Mar 25th, 2010 at 11:03pm:
just read the Dick Deaker Story - Aerial Hunter. Was quite a good read. These guys including the great Joe Keeley are my idols.

If I could do anything in my life it would be to be immersed in the era of the deer wars, shooting out of choppers and flying them all over the place. Now thats what I call living life to the fullest

Ring Bill Roydhouse 06 8742895 and he will give you some insight into Joe as his shooter [the unromantic version] Wink
  
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Re: Rex Forrester and Joe Keeley
Reply #29 - Apr 6th, 2010 at 5:11pm
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I bought a pig off Bill a couple of years back. He lives 15 mins up the road from me. We had a great old yarn. Didnt realise he knew Joe. Will mention it next time I see him.  Cheers.
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A romantic. Guess there is still a place for them in today's hurried world. 

BTW I cetainly dont dispute it was nothing but hard work.  A romantic hunter sounds a bit dodgy to me. A dreamer ...maybe.
  
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