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Les Battersby
Oct 31st, 2014 at 10:45pm
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Lost an old mate during the week in his 80th year.
Still hunting and fishing right up to the end.
"....and the good lord spoke to his son Jesus Christ, who turned to his flock and said to one in particular,
thou shallt command men to control rabbits, and thou shallt walk along the tops and harvest deer at will, and thou shallt be fishers of men and catch the delicious blue cod, and if thou still has't time, thou shallt dive beneath the waves and seek out the much loved spiny crayfish, and then, and only then, thou may take a small drink of gin and bread in thanks of thy bounty .......and so it was.

RIP Les
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Reply #1 - Oct 31st, 2014 at 11:26pm
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RIP Les
  

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.......
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Reply #2 - Nov 1st, 2014 at 6:32am
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Secret squirrel rest easy, another of lifes characters gone on.
  
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Reply #3 - Nov 2nd, 2014 at 7:54am
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Was Les from Kaikoura .
  
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Reply #4 - Nov 2nd, 2014 at 6:34pm
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Rest easy Les.
  
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Reply #5 - Nov 7th, 2014 at 3:25am
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s55 wrote on Nov 2nd, 2014 at 7:54am:
Was Les from Kaikoura .


Yea he was, had a great send off last Tuesday
  
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Reply #6 - Nov 10th, 2014 at 3:52am
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Thanks for that,been here lot last year with his wife,  dropped them in Prices Basin in  Feb, he seen a few chams,,top chap. Sad
  
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Reply #7 - Oct 12th, 2018 at 10:10am
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Hi Bos - I have been doing a bit of Google research on a couple of old hunting Mates - John Muir from Feilding and Les Battersby from Kaikoura - this link popped up - RIP Les
I went on an NZDA Manawatu trip with them in 1969 - eight of us - Upper Glaisnock (Culling Wapiti cows and reds) and South Westland (after Tahr and Chamois) - Les went home before we went into the Karangarua River, Douglas and Regina Rivers
Both John and Les were very involved with management of the Wapiti herd back then - culling cows and reds - I have also been trying to research the Wapiti management program back then - but I canít find much detail - that was before the helicopter days
I hope the attached picture is of your old friend Les with John - Les with the shaver - John with the brush
A search on John Muir shows detail in the Manawatu Standard that a person of that name died in Feilding on April 10 2018 aged 93 years - RIP John Muir - you were a great man that helped to educate us young hunters



  
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Reply #8 - Oct 21st, 2018 at 9:00am
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Jesus, old Les was a young man there alright. He sure loved his outdoors life, and when he hung up his rabbiting boots in Kaikoura, he sailed all round the Pacific with Zoe for a few years before returning to Picton to set up Dolphin Watch.
I knew him, worked with him and for him for 30 odd years.
On our last hunt about 3 years ago now, I stuffed up a stalk on a mob of chamois, and he did likewise on a couple of spikers. We were both a bit pissed off.
On the way home he said (tongue in cheek) " Oh well, why stuff up a perfectly trip by killing something"
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