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Chasing Tahr
Nov 21st, 2017 at 12:13pm
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Summer was approaching and the Tahr should have been down low so it was time to head into the hills to see if any 12’s were around. It was the weekend of our daughter’s wedding anniversary so what better way to celebrate than Tahr hunting.



We had 4 days off and the weather looked like it was going to play its part after what was hopefully the last snowstorm of the year.  The drive in took about 6 hours from Christchurch there were other hunting parties in each side catchment as we headed up the main valley. We reached the last hut we could drive to and decided to stay the night. The hut was empty so while our wives made themselves at home Will and I went out for a quick look around, a few Tahr were spotted about a km away but being young bulls we didn’t bother to try and close the gap.


Next morning it was packs on and a leisurely 3-4 hour walk up stream to a small Biv glassing all the way, nothing was seen. There was already one guy in the biv, an adrenalin junky who had carried skis, boots etc in so he could climb the mountains and ski down some areas that maybe no one had ever skied before….sounded crazy to us but each to their own.
We put up our tent then headed out for a late arvo look around, a number of bulls were seen (far more than nannies or kids) nothing worth shooting was spotted but the area looked promising for the next day.
Next morning all 4 of us headed up stream towards the head basins to explore new territory, the weather was more threatening with low cloud and visibility deteriorating. We spotted a small group of bulls about 700 meters above us, a couple in the group looked promising so Will and I left Karen and Kelly in the creek with a radio and started climbing , after an hour or so we had closed the distance to about 200 meters. The mist was coming and going on the way up and when we finally got into a decent position the cloud cover came down and shut us out, we waited 30-40 minutes but things didn’t look like improving so we started glassing further afield from our higher  vantage point. 3 good bulls were spotted a couple of kms away on the other side of the valley further up steam and still about 100 meters below the cloud. We decided to cut our loses and scramble back down the hill and head off to chase them as we still had 4 hours of light left.
We radioed the girls of our changed plans and got them to head back to camp as it was now drizzling, we would meet them again just on dark. We made good time to the bulls but again the lowering cloud beat us and while we were within 1-200 meters of them it never cleared enough for a shot.
We got back to camp about 9pm and after a brief discussion with girls it was decided to walk back to the vehicles for a good night’s sleep, we reached the main hut a little after 11pm.
While we didn’t shoot any animals plenty were seen (about 40 bulls in total) with 3-4 looking promising, the bird life was pretty good and our wives had a ball in a fairly remote part of the country.





That slug in the picture is one I haven’t seen before, that’s a 7mm rem mag next to it.
The picture of Will on the rocks shows just how good that cammo works up high.
Cheers Lou
  
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Reply #1 - Nov 21st, 2017 at 1:25pm
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SOunds like a good trip, pity the cloud beat you to the animals.
  
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Reply #2 - Nov 21st, 2017 at 7:15pm
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Damm that mist can roll in fast..  Grin
  

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Reply #3 - Nov 22nd, 2017 at 12:13pm
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choysa Cool Cool
  

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