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Jun 28th, 2009 at 6:26am
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Sorting out old gear - got to remember how things were īn the old days".

  • The only rifle was the 303 (but that was cool because they were in the war comics
    The boots had leather soles and studs
    The packs were trapper neilsons
    The sleeping bags kapoc (went lumpy when wet)
    You had to walk from the train station! No cars to park enterance!!
    Ex army wool trousers (bloody good to!)
    White spirt primus
    Who took a camera back then?????
    The only knife to have was a green river
    No helicopters!!
    You could take your pack and rifle to work and leave straight after on Friday!
    No maodern tramping foods! You took the real thing in with you

    Ahh - the good old days - actually modern clothes, food sleeping bags etc makes it a dream these days!

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Reply #1 - Jun 28th, 2009 at 8:03am
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Thats right mate
Huts were orange; most had camp ovens and open fires; and townie bastards stayed where they belong - in town!!
  
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Amen
  
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and it took a month to break in a good pair of boots.
Belt first aid kit was full of spare bullets.
Socks took all night to dry by a big fire and often got burnt!
and a 10 point stag was big and twelve was a trophy of a lifetime.
  

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Man! Someone take me back in time . . . . .  please!!   Cool
  
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And a high powered scope was a peep sight,
Swannis were made in New Zealand,
Pikau was a spud sack with a couple of stones in the corners,
Coke Bottle Corduory (Polar Fleece) wasn't even conceived,
N.Z.F.S,
tips filed off your solids,



All we can do now is read about it and watch snippets off DVDs.
  
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we used Maps and compass, there was no florescent paint spray and track blazes were actually useful. we cooked camp oven or billy bread and hung a lantern at night for others.
  
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You want to be nearly seventy Stags Roar?
  
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Bon wrote on Jun 28th, 2009 at 9:13am:
You want to be nearly seventy Stags Roar?

 Grin Not at all matey - just wish that I had the pleasure of those days is all - I guess my hunting started at the inception of the New Age hunter.
  
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Any of you guys have the old Mercator pocket knifes (rabbitor's knife) back then - 50's/60's?

Link: Manufacturing Mercator Knife, Solingen - Germany
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgiCOg08F7s
  
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Reply #10 - Jun 28th, 2009 at 9:18am
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Funny, just happend to be looking at some old photos of winter goat hunting in 1940s in the Shotover, trees, rivers and waterfalls frozen, feet of snow and living in tents. No f**n thanks, giimme an orange forestry hut with open fire and rubber mattress anyday! Cheesy
  
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Reply #11 - Jun 28th, 2009 at 9:33am
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You know - since i have been out of the New Zealand Hunting Scene for the last 7 years - having been in Canada for that time. I have noticed even since being back some changes in the types of gear available and changing trends with hunters - not necessarily radical changes but jst a couple of little things that seem to be making hunters more 'comfortable' but gradually softening them up as well. Won't be to many years away and fellas won't be going hunting unless they have solar powered arse warmers , an overhead Rain Deflection sheild, a 300mm mag that kicks & sounds like a Gamo Air Rifle, GPS - Rangefinder - chronograph screen with Google Earth Capability, and an antigravity backpack that makes a 100kg load feels like your carrying your wifes lacey knickers on your shoulders.     Roll Eyes



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Yes I know them, but they were never pro rabbit hunters knives. The name of the preferred and most popular brand eludes me [old timers]
at the moment
  
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Reply #13 - Jun 28th, 2009 at 9:38am
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Raging Bull wrote on Jun 28th, 2009 at 9:17am:
Any of you guys have the old Mercator pocket knifes (rabbitor's knife) back then - 50's/60's?

Link: Manufacturing Mercator Knife, Solingen - Germany
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgiCOg08F7s


I have my old Okapi made in Germany(looks identicle same as  a Mercator but with bakelite handles.
  
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Re: Back in the old days.....
Reply #14 - Jun 28th, 2009 at 9:38am
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... and you could leave your gear on your bunk in the hut knowing it would be left untouched until you returned ... (wouldn't try that in most huts these days), oilskins hanging up by the door, rich guys owned a "swannie", every hut had a dry, covered fire-wood store, and the axe, and broom were usually in good nick, the fireplace was always an open one and had heaps of #8 wire hooks and most could take a meter-long length of firewood, a sleeping platform was usual, and bunks with a hessian base were luxury. Most huts also had a locked food storage for the Dept of Internal Affairs and/or NZFS staff (not many DOC staff get to sample life in these huts and even fewer would ever walk in from a car park).
If a culler was in residence, then you could learn a lot from just listening and watching what he did and how he went about it.
Ah, and, oh yeah - there was nearly always a healthy population of local possums around to guarantee that your sleep would be disturbed.
Also common at creek junctions were numerous bivvy sites containing caches of black polythene sheeting along with sealed up plastic paint buckets holding emergency long-term storage items - tinned peas, peaches, rice pudding, candles, strips of rubber tubing, white spirits, water-proof matches, some #8 wire, cord, a tomahawk, a knife and a can-opener.
Hmmm ... and the ability (freedom) to carry your rifle over your shoulder on public transport into town for repair or to meet up for a hunt, and to walk down town unchallenged ... try that now and it would be 5 minutes till the boys in the black overalls and kevlar vests showed up.
  
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