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Jul 30th, 2019 at 10:40am
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This past weekend the Malvern game hunters club comp was held. I've entered it for about the past 6 or 7 years now, just as an excuse to get out for a hunt and the weigh in is always a good day. This year I had Poppy with me and she couldn't get away until 7pm Friday so a day was all we had and I was eager to make every minute count.

Leaving chch we arrived at the road end just on midnight, in the same area I wrote a trip report about almost to the day a year ago when I came agonizingly close to recovering a bull. A restless 3 hours shut eye was had before we got our gear together and left the truck at 4am. We were feeling pretty rough and had to rest more than usual on the way up the creek but eventually came to the face I've seen animals on the past. It was still too dark to see so we pulled out the jetboil for a coffee and some breakfast.

As it became light enough to glass I began to scan the hillside and was almost caught off guard when I locked eyes on a nice bull further down the hill than I was expecting. A quick range had him at 650m and me scrambling the gear together to try and cut the range but unfortunately he was already on his way back up the hill and by the time I got to where I could have shot him from he was 700m away. There was no rush now so we resumed breakfast and had a quick nap in the tussock before deciding to bash through the scrub to a position where we could hopefully ambush them as they came down later this arvo.

The scrub bash from hell! spot the beagle!



A couple of very frustrating hours later I hauled myself up onto a rock where I had a good view of the tussock faces and bluffs above. The wind was now blowing directly up and I wasn't surprised when I started hearing whistling and spotted a mob of tahr staring at me from high above. The range finder said 441m which I normally wouldn't consider but I've been putting in a fair amount of time in at the range lately and had the .270 shooting well under an inch at 100m. There was a good looking middle age bull amongst the nannies and younger bulls that I was confident would go at least 12 inch and with a perfect rest I set up for the shot and squeezed one off. Tahr ran in all directions and in the confusion we lost sight of the bull before Poppy said she could see one standing lower down the hill. Eventually I found it in my scope and could see it was an obviously hit bull and before I could fire again he toppled over out of sight. I was confident he'd fallen down this way just over the next ridge and thought this was finally the day I'd get a decent winter bull.

Sidling up and over we eventually got on the ridge he was last seen and headed up as it got steeper and steeper. Poppy had bought some crampons which she put on and powered up a snow chute that would take her right where he was last seen. I tried to follow and realized I was quickly getting out of my depth and tapped out. I had warned her previously that having more gear can give you a false sense of security and get you in more trouble than without out it which is exactly how it played out. She called out that she could see blood but it lead around the hill and out of sight. I told her to forget it and come back down which was when she realised she'd got herself into a dangerous situation and had to take a few minutes to settle her nerves before I talked her down step by step. I felt bad that i'd let her get into that situation but I guess its something we all learn at some point.

Steeper than it looks - coming slowly back down one step at a time


Blood on the snow, yep we got close. I believe he got back to his feet and moved further around the hill. Gut wrenching




Once down back to safety I tried to sidle around further to check a different angle but ran into steer rock and it begun to sunk in I'd lost yet another bull. Its a shit feeling wasting such a beautiful animal and that's the 5th time its happened now so perhaps its about time I really think twice about whether I can get up there before pulling the trigger! Back down the hill we went arriving back at the truck at 7.30. I'd turned tracking on my gps when we left which showed 15kms travelled and 1100m altitude gain over 14.5 hours.

There was only one bull weighed in for the comp so we would've done quite well but we both came 2nd in the pig carrying comp so we didn't go home empty handed† Grin

unforgiving country



lunchtime



The queen of the mountain† Grin



  
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Re: hairy times chasing hairy bulls
Reply #1 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 11:32am
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Always enjoy reading your family adventures.

Also know the frustration of loosing a bull. Its a bummer.
  
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A winter hunt is always special, bugger to lose the bull but it happens. Hows the dog like the snow? thanks for the post
  
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Time to get yourself a Tikka 7mil Rem Mag. 😎

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Hydro wrote on Jul 30th, 2019 at 8:11pm:
Time to get yourself a Tikka 7mil Rem Mag. 😎

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Thatís what I did lol

Cool report, thanks for posting.
  
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Good writing.  Cool story.
  
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last time i had a shot at a bull saw the hair on his shoulder fly but when i got there no show,,now have a 300wsm Grin Grin give ya a shot from her when we next hunt
  

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last time i had a shot at a bull saw the hair on his shoulder fly but when i got there no show,,now have a 300wsm Grin Grin give ya a shot from her when we next hunt
  

It is much better to Hit the Animal in the right place, with a Rifle you can shoot well, then to hit it poorly with a Large Calibre..John Nosler
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Reply #8 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 6:23pm
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Good story and photos,bad luck no getting yr tahr.
  

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Nice report. some scary country there without the knowledge or gear to keep safe. Pity about losing the bull.
  

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Re: hairy times chasing hairy bulls
Reply #10 - Aug 1st, 2019 at 2:07pm
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Lou Nunn wrote on Jul 30th, 2019 at 2:12pm:
A winter hunt is always special, bugger to lose the bull but it happens. Hows the dog like the snow? thanks for the post


She loves it  Grin went for a bit of a skate at one point though and I had to rope her to me in the steepest bit. Probably won't take her winter tahr hunting in future
  
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264Magic wrote on Jul 31st, 2019 at 3:15pm:
last time i had a shot at a bull saw the hair on his shoulder fly but when i got there no show,,now have a 300wsm Grin Grin give ya a shot from her when we next hunt


Sounds the business mate we'll just shoot them from the creek  Grin
  
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Thanks for all the kind comments hopefully my next report will be a successful one  Cheesy
  
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Another great adventure eh.
Love seeing your beagle in such remote places  Grin
  
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Charlie wrote on Aug 14th, 2019 at 12:58pm:
Another great adventure eh.
Love seeing your beagle in such remote places† Grin


Going where no beagle has gone before† Grin itís even more remarkable considering the fat shit spends most of her life asleep on the couch  Cheesy
  
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