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Stags galore but its September
Sep 26th, 2018 at 6:54am
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September is a funny old time of year to go and hunt reds for me. The stags have dropped their antlers or will be about to and the hinds will be heavily pregnant so I dont target either but a nice fat yearling or a spiker is a different story. With a southerly dying out the weather would be perfect for a day or so it was a good excuse to get out for a night.



Camp was a modest affair. Being such a nice night there was no need for a tent or a fly to be carried so it was a night lying under the stars listening to Moreporks calling, a true bush Hilton. Hard to think of anywhere better to be at times like this.



Water is close by, supplied by a spring near the top of the ridge so no need to drop down to a creek which makes life easy.



Big country to give the legs a workout. Not long after I took this picture mist blotted out the landscape ending the evenings hunting but as soon as the sun set it disappeared and the following morning was a cracker.
Spotted another hunter at the top of a distant creek head but plenty of country for everyone. Met him and his mate as they passed by my camp in the dark, both super keen young hunters and doing well because of it.



Having hunted this range countless times I know where the deer will be living at different times of the year and some real hot spots so the odds of an encounter or two are very high. Late September and the slips are devoid of any fresh growth so limited animals on them. The punga guts 2/3rds of the way up the hill are a different matter, full of prints and fresh feeding sign, never changes year after year. In a month or so they will have moved higher.



Always awesome when you are working the edges of a slip with your binos and you sweep over an animal. There are 6 antlerless stags in this group. First seen at 550 yards, they were happy as feeding in the sun.



After a bit of sneaking about in the bush by me they are now at 330 yards but a photo was all I took. So cool to come across scenes like this, really makes a hunt memorable.
Another memorable moment not long after was when after grovelling through a patch of wind swept scrub I went to take a photo of a goat in the bush and to my horror found my pikau hanging around my legs after coming undone. Missing was my $1500 camera, range finder, EPIRB, knife etc. After 5 minutes of frantic back tracking there it all was strewn down a bank. Would have been an epic find for another hunter assuming there is anyone stupid enough to grovel through this sort of crappy bush.



Goats are building up in the area but its a catch 22 situation, fire a shot and you stuff the deer hunting, leave them and soon numbers will be out of control.  Took one at 340 yards but all her mates hightailed it into the bush before another shot could be fired. Might have to do a few goat culls in the near future I think.

Plenty of deer seen but no young ones, too many goats encountered and tired legs by the time I got back to the car. Then the drive home plotting the next adventure.

  

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Re: Stags galore but its September
Reply #1 - Sep 26th, 2018 at 7:32am
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Like above post. Smiley
  
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Good story, love the photos!
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Reply #3 - Sep 26th, 2018 at 2:03pm
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Good post & pic's Simon, I can relate to losing something through inattention/carelessness. Then the joy and relief when finding it again, after a frantic search.  Grin
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Re: Stags galore but its September
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Great pics and Yarn.
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Re: Stags galore but its September
Reply #5 - Sep 26th, 2018 at 6:44pm
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plurry good yarn....might be time to load up a few subsonics to have a play with and give them goats a hurry up big time.... awesome photos ,thanks for shareing.
  
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Re: Stags galore but its September
Reply #6 - Sep 26th, 2018 at 7:19pm
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Reply #7 - Sep 27th, 2018 at 8:17am
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Ooooh nice one, cool pictures -> good camera/man behind it!  Cool

I am pretty sure that if I would see company of 6 stags it would result in squeezing the trigger... One on very top of first picture (right above lightly coloured one, facing right) looks like young-ish animal to me?

Funny how each one of us have different approach to animal management/culling eh?  Wink

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Re: Stags galore but its September
Reply #8 - Sep 27th, 2018 at 6:50pm
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Thanks Pete. Yep hunting is different to all hunters but there is no right or wrong. In my case I decided not to shoot but if another hunter did and had taken one of those stags with a nice clean shot then I would be the first to congratulate them.
  

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Re: Stags galore but its September
Reply #9 - Sep 27th, 2018 at 7:34pm
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Nice report (and photos) Simon. Tough situation having those goats ay? They dont take long to multiply and then it's trouble for all ay.
  
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Re: Stags galore but its September
Reply #11 - Sep 29th, 2018 at 9:55am
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Nice report, one of those stags looks like hes had a hard winter, hip bones sticking out, you can see why they feed hard when spring arrives.
  
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Reply #12 - Oct 4th, 2018 at 11:14am
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Reply #13 - Oct 4th, 2018 at 7:43pm
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Re: Stags galore but its September
Reply #14 - Oct 18th, 2018 at 12:30pm
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Good post simon.

Always a hard call on the goats
  

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