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recurved bull tahr
May 19th, 2019 at 8:43pm
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So I am just home from an east coast walk in tahr hunt. My main aim for the hunt was guiding a couple of keen young danish friends, but I was never going to be unarmed, having been a bow hunter for some time now with compound but reasonably recently with a recurve bow. We were booked in to fly with James Scott to the karangarua but with a crappy forecast for the week we flagged it and headed east, we found an easy to access walk in spot near Lake Pukaki for a shortened trip. A reasonable number of bulls were seen but they were hard work to catch up with really. Day 3 I managed to get 1 of my mates onto a 12+ inch bull that he duly shot. So we happened to be dropping back down from high up  yakking and laughing when a young bull was seen going over a small spur around the face we were descending and as I had the bow with me and plenty of time I followed up where it was last seen, it unfolded quickly, as I crested the ridge the young bull had its head down feeding behind a rock but with his body exposed and was none the wiser that i was a mere 5m away, I wasted little time in getting an arrow in behind his ribs, exactly where I was intending to put it, which exited in front of his off side front leg, he ran forward and dropped over the edge and out of sight, I was first speechless at what had just occurred, but incredibly excited too, in no more than 30 seconds I heard the bull fall down with a thud and a shower of gravel into an easily retrievable spot below, next came some full noise swearing and yahooing and fist pumping as it sank in what I had achieved, I had the bow with me on this trip but at best I thought I might get some close encounters or possible opportunities, but little thought had gone into actually my chances of arrowing a tahr first trip with the recurve, although there was every possibility it could happen. Then on the 5th day our other mate downed a nice shaped bull tahr with his rifle too so a  successful trip all round. I'm far from an experienced traditional archer but luckily found myself in the right place at the right time to take full advantage of my first recurve big game animal opportunity. With a respectable 9 inch bull and a few tastie meals to boot.
  
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Reply #1 - May 20th, 2019 at 12:24pm
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Congratulations on that first and hardest! Heres hoping you have many more.
  
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Reply #2 - May 20th, 2019 at 4:20pm
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Well done.  Smiley

Excellent wee write up too.
  

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Reply #3 - May 20th, 2019 at 8:29pm
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thanx shanksie and headcase.  i hope to back it up with another species before too long, a few days after the tahr hunt i was amongst a mob of pigs from little to big but in shifting winds and in fern and scrub all i got was glimpses as they ran around grunting and squealing making their escape. actually how the story goes is i was out on my uncles farm with the danes looking for a handy pig or goat, nothing showed much for a hour or so of driving around until a couple of fat little roasting dish size pigs were spotted, 1 of them was shot but others that we hadnt seen legged it into a fenced off native gully, because we could hear them mooching around still i thought i would head in there with the bow, i was surrounded by pigs at times, then after they had mostly departed i looked up the gully further and saw a good boar heading out the back door in the opposite direction to were everything else had departed. i shouted out to the guys who had already seen it but werent sure where i was, but once they knew i was out of the way they opened up on it with their 270's. it took a couple of shots which slowed it down but a finisher was needed, after gutting it and dragging it down to the truck a comment was made that it took a 2 legged kiwi dog to head into the thick stuff to find a decent hog, lol. it weighed something like 120lbs.
  
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Reply #4 - May 21st, 2019 at 11:17am
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Good going with that tahr - I can imagine the 'buzz' you got.
  
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Reply #5 - May 22nd, 2019 at 7:15pm
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Well done with the bow
  
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Reply #6 - May 27th, 2019 at 7:49am
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Bloody good effort downing a tahr with the bow.You make your own luck mate,climbing around our mountain tops down here is not easy.Enjoy your tahr curry. Wink
  

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Reply #7 - Jun 9th, 2019 at 10:25am
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Instinct shooting like that is the most exciting hunting,recurves are a lethal weapon,true bow hunting,well done.
  

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Reply #8 - Jun 10th, 2019 at 6:48pm
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Awesome mate. Well done. Hope to do i t myself one day.
  
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Reply #9 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 8:36am
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well done!
hunting tahr with a recurve is an amazing experience.
  
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Reply #10 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 8:34pm
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Reply #11 - Jul 11th, 2019 at 10:18pm
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having another crack on the west coast early august, with 2 compound shooters. hope we dont pick the same area as any bloody tahr culling operations.
  
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