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Thisbe Valley Track access Catlins
Aug 17th, 2019 at 9:00pm
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Hi fellas, just got into hunting this year. Based in Dunedin. Had a couple trips in the Catlins and spooked a few deer in thick bush. Wanting to get onto the Thisbe Valley track next time and wondering if there is public access to the start of the track as its not mentioned on doc website.
Any info or tips appreciated.
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Re: Thisbe Valley Track access Catlins
Reply #1 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 9:52pm
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you park by a gate down from where the road goes over a bridge. There is a barn there you can see as a landmark when your driving up.
Then you can follow the track which goes over farmland for a bit and then into the bush. I don't recall ever getting permission, just walked over.

Note that the Mclennan hut is not where it is shown on some old maps (but topoonline is now correct)
When you get to the confluence of the Mclennan and Kaka creek, turn right and follow the river, then it will cross over on a big fallen log. Do not fall off the log. Then a little bit further up on the other side youll see the hut.
Hut is small. No stove. Sandflies are a bastard. Try for a deer in the late afternoon back over the river on the other side in the pepperwoods.
Crown fern for Africa.
Don't do the walk in the dark, because its just marked a lot of the later section with triangles and not much of a track, unless they have cut it since I was there last, which was probably ten years ago now.

There used to be a lot of DOC survey and poisoning tracklines going all over the place in there, ring for a field guy at Owaka DOC and ask them if you can have a copy of their map, they might give it to you.
  
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Re: Thisbe Valley Track access Catlins
Reply #2 - Aug 18th, 2019 at 1:12pm
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Thanks heaps. I'll give it a crack. Bloody crown fern is noisy shit to get through
  
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Re: Thisbe Valley Track access Catlins
Reply #3 - Aug 21st, 2019 at 7:35pm
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Its the catlins hunt in the wet less noise best still hunt after the rain . Hunting 101
  
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Re: Thisbe Valley Track access Catlins
Reply #4 - Aug 22nd, 2019 at 10:08am
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southotago hern wrote on Aug 21st, 2019 at 7:35pm:
Its the catlins hunt in the wet less noise best still hunt after the rain . Hunting 101


Can you ever hunt in the dry in the Catlins?
  
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Re: Thisbe Valley Track access Catlins
Reply #5 - Aug 23rd, 2019 at 9:46am
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All of the Catlins was poisened last week.  33000 ha.
  
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