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Molesworth winter hunting
May 17th, 2017 at 5:32pm
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Hi all,

Was looking through the Doc site and came across a map of blocks that open up for hunting from about now on for a few months most off or near the Rainbow road.

Has anyone had a look up there at this time of year?

And where is the best place to ask about the current state of the road re snow and such like

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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #1 - May 17th, 2017 at 5:40pm
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The issue will be getting access. It can be hard to get permission from Rainbow manager for access after easter as the gate is locked and you need the key from Rainbow. Snow can hamper a lot of the access in that area. You may get permission from Molesworth. Get his number off website or DoC Renwick.
  
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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #2 - May 17th, 2017 at 8:15pm
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Apply online through DOC Marlborough. Good access from Hanmer to at least Lake Tennyson, don't know about Island Pass, bound to have a bit of snow on it. Once the snow arrives there is no access. Just a wee skiff of snow on the tops at the moment but with snow forecast to 400 mtrs that could put the brakes on for the winter. Most of Molesworth is under snow throughout the winter.
The procedure is you apply through DOC, they ok it with the manager and you get a permit for 1 week. DOC don't always respond to your permit application online so you sometimes need to follow up with a phone call.
It gets bloody cold out there with severe frosts. Most of the animals in the blocks that are available will be in the head of the gulleys and up high. There is no vehicle or heli access and you need to cross the Clarence River which is low at the moment. Its all had a thrashing during the roar.
  

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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #3 - May 18th, 2017 at 11:17am
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Cantyguy wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 8:15pm:
Its all had a thrashing during the roar

Wouldnt worry about that if you hunting meat animals. Most dont tend to shoot anything other than stags in the roar and heard there were reasonable numbers of animals in the area  this year and its a big area.  Getting a permit isnt too bad, just apply and you get one sooner or later depending on demand and  go early rather than later as the snow will stop access  Smiley
  
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Reply #4 - May 18th, 2017 at 11:21am
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Also a 25 dollar road toll to enter
  
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Reply #5 - May 18th, 2017 at 1:46pm
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Only through the Rainbow.Was through there on Sunday and definitely only passable in 4wd. After the rain and snow over the past couple of days I'd say the road would be buggered.
  
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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #6 - May 18th, 2017 at 8:32pm
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None of the blocks you are talking about were available during the roar so they shouldn't of had to much of a hammering in recent times. I know of one block that 3 hunters saw 60 deer and 50 pigs last weekend , so if you don't mind walking and getting cold book a block and go for a look. You should almost always be able to get in from the Hanmer end if you cant get in from the rainbow end. I have hunted most of them in the last few years and they all hold a few animals.
  
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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #7 - May 18th, 2017 at 10:24pm
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You won't get beyond the Hanmer ski field access road once the snow arrives.
  

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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #8 - May 19th, 2017 at 4:11am
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Only $25?
[quote ]Also a 25 dollar road toll to enter [/quote]
  

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Reply #9 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:30am
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Was in there last week. Very, very cold nights. Gas stove needed to be warmed each morning and it took ages each morning to get my leather boots to a stage that I could put them on.
Fantastic days though. Saw 7 stags and 5 hinds and heaps of pigs
  
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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #10 - May 20th, 2017 at 6:41pm
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Covered in snow now! snow flurries overnight and all morning.
  

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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #11 - May 21st, 2017 at 6:36pm
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Just get a permit and give it a go if you've got at least basic outdoor experience.Have camped all over Molesworth since the early  80's and access was only an issue a couple of times on June goose shoots.Can be a bit cold but with the right gear it's not a big issue, the natural beauty of the place makes up for the hardship.
  
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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #12 - May 21st, 2017 at 7:54pm
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woody308 wrote on May 21st, 2017 at 6:36pm:
Just get a permit and give it a go if you've got at least basic outdoor experience.Have camped all over Molesworth since the early  80's and access was only an issue a couple of times on June goose shoots.[highlight]Can be a bit cold but with the right gear it's not a big issue[/highlight], the natural beauty of the place makes up for the hardship.


Until you get a metre of snow with -15 overnight and your stuck up the end of one those big gully's and the road you drove over is now impassable for the winter.

  

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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #13 - May 21st, 2017 at 8:31pm
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Just a slight exaggeration Cantyguy. Freezing level isn't low enough yet for snow to remain on the tops, let alone on the valley floor in the Molesworth.
  
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Re: Molesworth winter hunting
Reply #14 - May 21st, 2017 at 8:52pm
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Cantyguy wrote on May 21st, 2017 at 7:54pm:
woody308 wrote on May 21st, 2017 at 6:36pm:
Just get a permit and give it a go if you've got at least basic outdoor experience.Have camped all over Molesworth since the early  80's and access was only an issue a couple of times on June goose shoots.[highlight]Can be a bit cold but with the right gear it's not a big issue[/highlight], the natural beauty of the place makes up for the hardship.


Until you get a metre of snow with -15 overnight and your stuck up the end of one those big gully's and the road you drove over is now impassable for the winter.


Getting off subject a bit but have been tent camped at Dillon/Clarence confluence when overnight temp. dropped to -18 overnight at molesworth homestead,dish-washing liquid froze in huts.Yes there was a bit of snow about and no easy way out.Certainly character building but not life threatening.
  
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