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Reply #15 - Mar 23rd, 2008 at 8:50pm
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PJ wrote on Mar 21st, 2008 at 8:16pm:
I think its a great site. My Dad was a culler in the early 50's for a few years in the Ureweras. He is not around now but would have loved to read about it all. I remember he used to talk about Rex Forester and another field officer Ted Rye a lot. I'll show the site to my mum. It will only get better as more stories are added.  Smiley Cool


What years PJ and in what area? Mates old man was in there from 1947 - 52.
  
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Reply #16 - Mar 23rd, 2008 at 10:51pm
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He was there for three years about 1951-1954. They used to travel around a lot but he used to spend a lot of time around the lake and the Waiau river area. They sometimes used to hitch a ride on the bus between Ruatahuna and the lake. His name was Stan and he had a big black dog nig, a labador great dane cross. I remember at certain times of the year they used to take them to other places like Karauru (spelling?) island shooting wallabies. They used to go to the area north of lake Waikareiti as well. I remember him telling about some parties they had at lake house after being in the bush for a while. Be interesting if you mates dad and he knew each other.
  
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Reply #17 - Mar 25th, 2008 at 9:04am
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PJ, there are three or four blokes I know who were shooting in the Ureweras about that time and who are still with us.

Ted Rye, who you mentioned was a bit of a legend. His nickname was the Grey ghost.  He was famous for his story telling and the likes of Barry Crump,[who used some of Teds stories in his books] Jack Lasenby, Mike Bennett, Ron Helmer,etc all learned the art of story telling from Ted.
Ted was a field officer in Canterbury before moving north to the Urewera.
  
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Reply #18 - Mar 25th, 2008 at 9:04pm
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Bon I see that you are helping build up that site. Good on you. I wish I had written down a lot of the stories and the people Dad used to tell me about. He used to say that Barry Crump used a lot of Ted Ryes stories as well. I'm sure he would have known the men you named. I'm not sure if he was a culler but another person I recall was Des Torrens.  Some of the blokes they used to put with the cullers didn't last long and often just took off back to where they came from. I did show mum the site a couple of days ago she was most impressed. She said and I remember now about a well educated chap from a well off family in the city that was with Dad. He thought he wouldn't last long but turned out to be a natural and loved it. I see you were a culler down south, tough place to be in winter. Cheers
  
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Reply #19 - Mar 26th, 2008 at 8:15am
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Des Torrance is still alive and well, and living in Nelson.

tararua hunter has put the website together, my only contribution is a few photos.

there was always a massive turnover of hunters.
  
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Reply #20 - Mar 26th, 2008 at 9:26pm
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PJ you should look for the Harry Wakatipu books, written by Jack Lasenby , for kids. But a lot of the guys shooting the Ureweras about that time are the characters cleverly disguised as various animals etc.
  
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Reply #21 - Mar 27th, 2008 at 8:47am
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Its getting better Bon Cool Must let some of the old mates know about it
  
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Reply #22 - Mar 27th, 2008 at 8:58am
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Yup, remember Rome wasn't burnt in a day
  
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Reply #23 - Mar 27th, 2008 at 7:35pm
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Great site with excellent pic's, like this one  Smiley

http://www.nzdeercullers.org.nz/Details1.aspx?PartNumber=8473042
  
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Reply #24 - Mar 27th, 2008 at 8:26pm
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Thats only cause there was far too much fiddling going on
  
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Reply #25 - Mar 28th, 2008 at 11:13am
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cb14 wrote on Mar 27th, 2008 at 7:35pm:
Great site with excellent pic's, like this one  Smiley

http://www.nzdeercullers.org.nz/Details1.aspx?PartNumber=8473042


Thats a shame about that photo really - as if it was enhanced and tidied up a bit it would look even better.

Just for something to do I copied it and tidied it up a bit myself just to see what it would look like and it came out quite good - but then i don't suppose I wouldn't be allowed to post it because i guess technically someone is bound to scream "theft".  But try it if you know how it is quite a good photo.
  
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Reply #26 - Mar 28th, 2008 at 12:15pm
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We are trying to do them as we go. That one obviously wasn't. There are a great many to wade through and we have to go back and identify some of the blokes as well.
  
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Reply #27 - Mar 28th, 2008 at 4:19pm
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We are trying to do them as we go. That one obviously wasn't. There are a great many to wade through and we have to go back and identify some of the blokes as well.

If you want me to send you the copy I played with I'd be happy to email it to you if you wanted.
  
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Reply #28 - Jul 15th, 2008 at 9:44pm
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back in the day where men were men.
  
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Reply #29 - Sep 27th, 2008 at 10:48pm
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For those that are interested, a new deer cullers website at http://www.nzdeercullers.org.nz/Index1.aspx has been setup by the NZ Deer Cullers Inc. Has photos, history etc.
Smiley


i cant get that site to open  ? is it still running
  

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