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One Month In God's Own
May 6th, 2013 at 3:51am
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One month off, bags packed and the hunger for adventure as I boarded the plane from Melbourne to New Zealand or what us kiwis commonly call "God's Own". Over two years of living abroad I was eager to once again get out amongst the beautiful  back country of New Zealand

Gear checked and double checked I headed off to Lake Waikaremoana to chase the Red stags in Te Urewera National Park. With the boat in the water and camp setup we headed off in search of roaring stags. Eight great days spent down at the lake resulted in three stags hitting the deck. The stags we found to be very cagey with little roaring action. A number of hinds and spikers were filmed and left for another day.









Roared this six pointer into around 30 metres


Hind feeding with another spiker and hind nearby


Big day on the hill


Mate shot this 8 pointer


Bone for the trip


Back home to clean up the gear before the next planed trip to the central plateau where a last minute call from a mate came through. "hey, we just had a guy pull out from our trip down to Dusky Sound for a hunting, fishing and diving trip, would you like to come?" well after thinking this through for all of 5 seconds I quickly replied "Shit yea! count me in!"
Flights were booked and I was soon on my way down to Queenstown.

The next seven days were absolutely amazing! From Te Anua we were flown in by well known pilot Hanibal Hayes into Dusky sound, where we then spent the next six days in absolute outdoor heaven fishing, hunting, diving and spearing.

Unfortunately no deer were encountered on the trip but the marine life more than made up for this. We managed to get six days of great weather where we feasted on fish, crayfish, paua and mussels. We spent the majority of time in Dusky sounds before cruising up the coast into Doubful Sound and out via Lake Manapouri. This was an incredible trip with a great crew on an extremely professionally run boat by Fiordland Expeditions.

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Home for the next six days








My mate landed this Groper after just 15 minutes aboard






















Paradise













A great crew




My favourite deer to hunt have always been Sika so what better way to finish off my month in God's Own by a final trip into the Kawekas.

Down to Helisika where the gear was weighed and loaded and were soon dropped off into out block for the next five days.  The next five days were very tough hunting with no single calls heard for our time in the block. We ended up shooting two stags and a spiker with the spiker and one of the stags being in poor condition. 

The ride in








An impressive spiker


Dad's 8 pointer




My 4 pointer - just as I stepped over to check out the animal I stood on a wasp nest resulting in stings to the legs - blood wasps!  Angry Angry





Ready to bone out






One month in God's Own has come and gone and the adventures and stories will stay with me for a very long time. We as New Zealander's have an amazing resource and opportunity with what we have on offer in the back country of New Zealand. Well its back to Melbourne for me where my next adventure is going to be chasing the Sambar over here in Victoria.

Until next time...
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Reply #1 - May 6th, 2013 at 9:00am
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Awesome month mate!!  That dusky trip is very much on the to do list... stunning pics all round!
  

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Reply #2 - May 6th, 2013 at 9:32am
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the month of a life time well done Cool
  
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Reply #4 - May 6th, 2013 at 10:10am
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nice one mensies some good hunts there, your'e looking well,Melbourne must be treating you ok
  
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Good read and fantastic photos.

Those bloody wasps are everywhere now.  Never seen wasps in the Tararua's before, but I've already been stung twice this year in the Atiwhakatu and Mitre Flats areas.
  
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Kaweka_Neil wrote on May 6th, 2013 at 10:26am:
Good read and fantastic photos.

Those bloody wasps are everywhere now.  Never seen wasps in the Tararua's before, but I've already been stung twice this year in the Atiwhakatu and Mitre Flats areas.

hows the hunting around mitre flats these days was a favourite spot, 20years ago
  
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Awesome pictures and by the looks of it what a memorable ,diverse trip.
I coudnt agree more NZ is a great wee place, and if you do put  the effort it you will be rewarded!
  
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Nice work mate. Dusky is definately worth a trip. Been there a couple of times now and its awesome on every adventure. Pity you found no redsikins though!
  
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Reply #10 - May 6th, 2013 at 9:29pm
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now thats living bro! Cool
what an awesome and diverse month of outdoor fun you have had.
have hunted that sika block, some nice country in there ay.
cheers for the report, enjoyed it especially the great photos Smiley
  
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pope wrote on May 6th, 2013 at 10:54am:
hows the hunting around mitre flats these days was a favourite spot, 20years ago


Hi Pope,

I haven't hunted in the Mitre Flats area, but I did spend a couple of lazy days there in March having a look around but wasn't hunting.  Didn't have a rifle with me.

I saw some serious sign up the South Mitre Stream and while sidling the side creeks.  Lots of hoof prints in and alongside the stream.  Lots of droppings in the bush.  I will definitely be back in there over this coming winter, with the rifle.

But to give you some balance, a young feller with rifle was also staying at Mitre Flats.  I sent him up South Mitre stream and he came back disappointed - No sign to be seen apparently..!!

He must have been blind is all I can say!
  
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Kaweka_Neil wrote on May 6th, 2013 at 9:33pm:
Hi Pope,

I haven't hunted in the Mitre Flats area, but I did spend a couple of lazy days there in March having a look around but wasn't hunting.  Didn't have a rifle with me.

I saw some serious sign up the South Mitre Stream and while sidling the side creeks.  Lots of hoof prints in and alongside the stream.  Lots of droppings in the bush.  I will definitely be back in there over this coming winter, with the rifle.

But to give you some balance, a young feller with rifle was also staying at Mitre Flats.  I sent him up South Mitre stream and he came back disappointed - No sign to be seen apparently..!!

He must have been blind is all I can say!


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Reply #14 - May 9th, 2013 at 5:13am
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Now that's how you spend a month !!   Cool Cool
  

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