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Ti m M c C a r t h y - N a t i o n a l P r e s i d e n t N e w Ze a l a n d D e e rs ta l k e rs A ss o c i a t i o n Winter is here. This became a reality for me while hunting tahr in the Southern Alps recently when it was minus 5 degrees all day. I was up to my knees in snow and my ngers were frozen from glassing the tops. The tahr are in the middle of the rut and the bulls are more interested in nannies than looking out for danger. It is a great time to be in the hills; it makes a man feel alive to the core. The young guy hunting with me from England was amazed at our hunting culture here in New Zealand. Not having been to New Zealand before it was a dream come true for him. Out there doing it, he said, just like the hunting and shing shops catch phrase. Watching YouTube videos were nothing like experiencing it in 3D real life. My reply was, Just living the dream. I think that sums up our hunting experience in New Zealand. Unfortunately his experience here was marred by the sight of a helicopter ying up and down the valley twice in less than two hours, both times with a bull tahr hanging on the strop on their return trip. This I hope will be the last winter we see this sort of hunting on our public lands. The recent decision by Justice Cos, in upholding the actions by the Hon Peter Dunne in his decision to only allow two year concessions to the AATH operators after the operators took a judicial review against him. This has left the way clear to introduce the law to make it illegal to hunt trophy animals in this way on public land. I congratulate and applaud the Hon Peter Dunne in the stand he has taken to deliver a level playing eld for all hunters in New Zealand on public land. He has been true to his word and I have no doubt that he will follow through with his promise to deliver a Game Animal Council that

will ensure recreational hunters have a say in the future of game animal management in New Zealand. He truly has been the hunters champion in parliament. Food for thought. We are only six weeks out from the national conference and annual general meeting in Blenheim and there will be a few things to discuss on the future of hunting. Please put some thought into positive ideas as we look forward, not behind us. The new book, A History of Hunting The Deerstalkers Part 2 1987 2012' which features the last 25 years of NZDA has been nalised and is in the process of being published. We are indebted to our national patron, Ian Wright for his dedication and time in assembling the group of people who had a hand in the production of this book. There are 500 special edition copies available to members only, so dont miss out. I would like to touch on the excellent outcome of the roar and duck shooting opening with no shooting fatalities. The past couple of years have been a wake up call to be very vigilant while out there hunting. Lets keep up the great work because one life lost is one to many.

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REcREaTionaL HUnTing fUTURES, oR THE waY foRwaRd

All of us, including critics of NZDA, accept that the way forward is the only way to go, and the rest of our lives are to be spent in the future. Corniness aside, it is tempting to wonder what the future may hold, and to reect on what lies in the past, in part to avoid making any similar mistakes.


Hunting in the past involved, for the rst colonists, (the Polynesian ancestors), the hunting of moa and other indigenous wildlife (mostly birds), which they found in New Zealand. This was for sustenance, not recreation. Then the Europeans arrived, soon to re-colonise the place. These folk, fresh from the emergent Industrial Revolution of the Old world, brought with them the trappings of technology as well as a yearning for recreational opportunities as living conditions had improved from the hard-scrabble survival to a more stable living where recreation could be contemplated. The result was the introduction of deer, sh, birds and other creatures.

pest status of the quarry. This situation has prevailed for the past 80 years, and more than two generations of recreational hunters have variously chafed and enjoyed this regime.


Some of these introductions were gifted by heads of state, but most were paid for by the champions of introducing such creatures, with the intent of ensuring, to some extent anyway, their availability for the public. This public availability involved licensing, to ensure the introduced species were not hunted to extinction by those who had paid for their license to hunt. Unfortunately, as the science of ecology (and the concept of the balance of nature) emerged, most of the introduced species ourished beyond the wildest imaginings of their introducers. These were in the main, the Acclimatisation Societies, whose efforts to introduce recreational species were soon undermined by the proigacy of their introductions. Even with nothing else upon which to predate, humans soon found themselves unequal to the task of controlling the number of deer. The habitat which had boomed after the extinction of the herbivorous browsing birds, with species palatable to the massive birdlife ourishing in their absence, and this was soon, in parts, under pressure from the increasing number of deer. This damage was quickly observed and scientists of the rst few decades of the last century soon pronounced the introduced deer to be pests. The result was an end to the paid-licensed recreational hunting in the late 1920s. The abolition of licensed hunting for fee-paying hunters led directly to no-charge hunting because of the
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Machinations by those with authority over the wild animal resource have striven to maintain their pest status, despite evidence that more and more citizens are appreciating deer in particular, and despite evidence that deer remain generally under control from population explosion throughout New Zealand, thanks to the predation provided by recreational hunters, wild animal recovery operations (WARO) and if all else fails, search and destroy operations (SAD). Generally, recreational hunting maintains wild animal populations (apart from in the Otago Conservancy, in which it is believed the only Department of Conservation professional hunting staff cadre remains).

Those who have enjoyed hunting for pests at no charge for the last 80 years, may take exception to the prospect of hunters paying to hunt valued introduced species, but the change in status, besides elevating recreational hunters from pest controllers to wild animal hunters, will be a good thing because at the moment, there is precious little information available about wild animal herds beyond what Landcare Research has obtained from its own surveys. The Department of Conservation, with its innumerable restructurings, reformations and changes, in the face of immense gains in land for which it has management responsibilities, cannot, because it is demonstrably under-resourced, and arguably lacks the staff with which to perform such research functions. Additionally, the maintenance of conservation values under the Conservation Act 1986 specically prioritises these over anything to do with sustainable harvesting, notwithstanding any responsibilities the Department might hold for administration and implementation of the Wildlife Act 1953. This might mean, for instance, that if moa were suddenly rediscovered, their release into the wild would be illegal! Furthermore, if they were rediscovered, their demands upon the existing conservation lands might force the Department to place the status of pest upon them. There are clear conicts of interest within the responsibilities of this department!


The recent appearance of the Game Animal Council Bill is exciting because its development saw all of the stakeholders meeting around a table to thrash out the issues. This has not happened since the Deer menace conference of 1929, (although some straws ew into the wind after various seminars and conferences of the late 1960s and 1970s, culminating in the Wild Animal Control Act 1977). What might result from these deliberations? Statutory recognition of the need for the management of deer by hunting is a possibility. A reduction in the advocacy currently performed by NZDA on behalf of all hunters, is also likely. Resourcing will be needed for this though, and simply taxing the collectors of animal trophies is not only unfair, but is inadequate. Thankfully, the version of the bill so far reported back (but not yet law) recognises this and makes provision for raising money by other means. A downside is the likelihood that some hunting will have to be paid for, even on public lands, by recreational hunters. An upside is that free recreational hunting will remain on public lands for recreational hunters. Those who pay may expect to obtain information about what theyre hunting, what the chances are of getting at trophy, some meat for the table, or even of seeing an animal.


It may sound heretical, but if the management of (say) all recreational hunting areas (RHAs), or conservation areas subject to ballots for recreational hunting (this would include all RHAs) was devolved to a trust, then the fees currently being charged by the Department of Conservation would be recovered by the trust instead. Transparency of management would be essential, but the monies would not disappear into the public account, remaining with the trust, from which it would nance the administration, education, enforcement and other overhead required for the successful operation of a hunting resource, or resources within a designated area. Yep, fees would have to be charged to those taking part in the ballots. Would this drive those who

were unwilling to pay into illegal hunting, or hunting elsewhere? Probably, and so the question becomes how could the bitter taste of paying for recreational hunting opportunity be sweetened by offering enhanced hunting opportunity, or enhanced hunting? At present, the trust of most hunters placed in public land hunting administration was reected by the observed percentage of hunting permits returned from balloted hunting areas once as high as 80%, now as low as 30%. This suggests that the present system, as it is, enjoys support to the extent that of all the hunters who apply for permits, only 30% return them, many with false gures about the time spent in the area, the number of animals seen, animals killed, or any combination of these. Such poor compliance totally destroys the value of hunting permit returns as a research tool. Why would we want to have any analyses of hunting permits? Well, although hunting is a matter of luck, heavily enhanced by the skill and knowledge of the hunter (thats where the NZDA HUNTS courses come in), being able to derive values indicative, or suggestive of hunter success, such as the number of eld hours per animal sighting, or per kill, would be useful for many hunters, especially if it was derived from reliable values supplied by willing hunters. It might save fruitless afternoons taking a beginner into an area for which there was almost no prospect of success, whether success is dened as seeing an animal, or ring at it. It would also provide a tool for monitoring animal populations, arguably superior to that of relying upon pellet counts, with their recognised variables in the rates of defaecation, decay and of seasonally adjusted dietary and behavioural factors. These may, if properly calibrated, be in the long run, cheaper to provide than other, less indirect, population censusing techniques. Some would say that this would put the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association out of business. Well, it might knock its advocacy services on the head, but it is very likely the antler, horn and tusk, the photographic, literary and competitive shooting competitions would remain, but really, if NZDA faded away, yet hunting opportunity improved, that would be a huge gain for the New Zealander who partakes in recreational hunting, so it might not matter. Readers will be aware, from earlier articles, of various surveys held to determine basic matters like the amount we spend on our sport, how far we are willing to drive, or travel, to get to a hunting area, and whether we rank the hunting of tahr higher than the hunting of deer, for example. All of these attitudinal surveys require hunter input, where views of the hunter of today are analysed by a group of todays hunters, for the hunters and hunting of tomorrow. Just as we might need to know the proportion of semi-auto hunting rie users, to better argue for consideration of changes in the basic rules of rearm safety, so de we need to know how hunters feel about what might be looming on tomorrows horizon. Regardless of whether it comes or not, we need to be open-minded to possibilities, good, bad and indifferent, which affect our sport. Refusing to contemplate the use of a more modern rearm, or clothing design, simply because it is non-traditional may be as backward as declining to read the review of a new book because you think you know it all. Failing to take part in an activity (such as a swap meeting) organised by a kindred body removes the opportunity for making new friends, discovering factors which your interest has in common with the activities of others, and perhaps above all, denies those other people the chance to see what nice folk recreational hunters really are. Participation in all of these activities is part of preparing the way for tomorrow, whatever it brings. Be alert, be awake, and above all, take part, because what may be looming will not be all bad, indeed, holds the promise of creating a lot of good for hunters and for hunting. Conservative sticks in the mud do nothing to advance our sport. Surely, a progressive mindset and willingness to contemplate why not instead of why is the essence of all recreational hunting? Lets apply these philosophies to the future, and to the future prospects for our sport!

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A particular virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his conscience.
Aldo Leopald


Page 5, NZ Hunting & Wildlife issue 180.
Letters have been received from Barry Silvester, Greytown and Neil Hayes, Carterton advising that the press release published in the above magazine was the opinion of a regional F&G council and not a decision of the Fish & Game National Council. The press release mentions Southland Fish & Game (F&G) Council, a regional council ve times.

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THE onLY waY iS wHEn 1080 USE cEaSES

The only way that deer (and dogs) will stop dying from 1080 is when 1080 use ceases outright. Continuing to support un-reliable deer repellent as a mitigation measure only plays into the hands of the poison industry and those environmental vandals who continue to push (and drop) 1080 upon us. The authorities have studiously tried to deny trappers the opportunity to do the job for them properly and more efciently for fear of being exposed as to the true cost of their continually failed (and over-budget) mass-poisoning operations. The 1080 poisoning empire in NZ is simply doing whatever it can to ensure its own survival, not that of our delicate environment. Now there are even proposals for a completely pest-free-NZ doing the rounds. There is of course the risk to hunters in these areas taking animals for human consumption even considerable time after these poison operations. Deer having consumed sublethal doses of poison baits can still pose a considerable health risk if being taken for human consumption even if having been shot a considerable time after the actual poison operation. Particular high areas of toxin accumulation are in the liver and kidneys, and these organs should denitely not be taken from any shot animals should you choose to risk hunting in any pre-poisoned areas. Do not give these organs to your dog either. Normal cooking temperatures will not neutralise the toxin. Hunters in NZ should be aware of this if they want to continue to allow our forested lands to be a toxic dumping ground. Is this what we want to pass on to our next generation? Dean Maisey, Bay of Plenty

DEER REPELLEnT wiTH 1080 PoiSon iS a SoP!

Waikato conservationist and award-winning documentary maker Clyde Graf spoke to a recent meeting in Blenheim and told an audience of 40 that deer repellent was a failure and dangerous. Even if deer repellent was used the poison was still going into the ecosystem. To accept deer repellent was to accept the poisoning of New Zealand ecosystems and people. "It's dropped into the waterways and poisons community water supplies. We should all be completely against deer repellent, in my opinion, and the use of 1080 in any form is a breach of human rights and an inhumane assault against wildlife - introduced, and native," he said. Deer repellent was a "pathetic soft tissue" offered to naive hunters by the Animal Health Board. "Deer repellent doesn't work, as is evident in many drops around the country, and that aside, it still kills everything," he said. Deer repellent is mixed with 1080 poison on the claim wild deer will not eat the toxic pellets. In one case hunters contributed money to the AHB to fund adding deer repellent to a poison drop. "It is laughable," said Clyde Graf. "The AHB is over funded as it is, and now they have hunters - who should be their arch enemies - helping them to poison the forests!" He explained 1080 is an insecticide - pesticide and killed birds and insects and continued to poison the next feeder up the food chain. Tony Orman, Marlborough

CoUnTERPaRTing AnTLERS and MEaSURing OPinionS

Firstly I would like to thank Ray Web, Otago Branch AHT Judge/Douglas Score Coordinator Tutor for his excellent opinion piece in the latest NZ Hunting and Wildlife magazine. It is refreshing to read Ray's explanations as well as some of Bruce Banwell's hard line comments. Ray's comment that all scoring systems are not perfect also is a very valid point. Some comments I wish to add are that at the time that Norman Douglas created the Douglas Score, many of the top heads at the time such as the Otago Scottish genetic herd were generally very symmetrical, and therefore straight forward to score. Arguably, many of the Rakaia South Canterbury strain, were not, often heavier beamed with some counter parting tines missing on the opposite antler. One could argue that the Douglas Score gives no benet at all, to existing non-counter parting tines, yet the stag grew
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and produced that extra weight in the antler's make up, making the trophy considerably and arguably more impressive. Opinion I guess. So Ray is right that all scoring systems are not perfect. Russ Mitchell who was the ofcial AHT NZDA national conference measurer for 30 years hunted with me in our youth and we discussed all this on many occasions. The beauty and greatness of a stag's head is surely in the eyes of the beholder. Eastern Europeans look for strength of antler, weight, pearling, colour, which are hardly rewarded in the Douglas Score, apart from beam. A 6.5 inch beam is a relatively heavy head whereas a 5.5 inch beam a light one. The reward is only one inch on either side making a total of two Douglas Score points. This is a weakness of value or reward in our system, but as already said, the Douglas Score system is simple and everybody can follow that. Alain Jorion, Gisborne

LEaRning THE inS and oUTS of HUHnTing

A quick note to say thank you for printing my HUNTs story in the recent NZ Hunting & Wildlife magazine. I am absolutely delighted! Maybe my story will inspire keen hunters-to-be to contact their local branch of the NZDA and participate in the HUNTs course. This course has been a very positive and safe way of learning the ins and outs of hunting that another trainee and myself are keen to become involved and support the next crop of trainees this year and beyond. Robyn Harper South Canterbury Branch, NZDA


B i l l O Le a r y, N a t i o n a l C o o rd i n a t o r, NZDA H UN TS My total focus at the moment is on managing the revalidation of HUNTS instructors with a target completion date in mid-June. By the time this column goes to print all our current instructors will have been offered the opportunity to commit to another three year warranting as a NZDA instructor delivering hunter training under the HUNTS umbrella. In addition another group of NZDA members will have applied for warranting as new instructors and will be starting on a training and qualication pathway and will face revalidation in three years time. So what is revalidation and why do we have it? We already have training and current instructors have qualications and the support of their branches. So why? Revalidation is like a warrant of tness issued by the body ultimately responsible for the activities of instructors. In the case of HUNTS, NZDA warrants the instructors and authorises them to deliver the national programme which is clearly identied with our organisation. In requiring instructors to revalidate, NZDA is in step with other outdoor recreation organisations and with public opinion on this. Several years ago, Skills Active Aotearoa (the ITO covering Outdoor Recreation) conducted a review of the need for outdoor qualications and included in this review were questions around the need to revalidate those qualications to show currency of skills and knowledge and personal competency. The survey showed that 95% of the respondents believed that there should be some process of revalidation to show currency. Furthermore 79% thought there should be a register of instructors so that the public and other stakeholders can be assured of instructor competency. Skills Actives response to this was to facilitate the setting up of a register (NZ Register of Recreational Professionals). NZDA is part of this and the two organisations websites are linked with the security of our rearm owning instructors safeguarded with all inquiries being screened through National Ofce. So what is involved in revalidation? An invitation to revalidate has been sent out to all instructors along with a request to update his/her personal details and gets the endorsement of the local NZDA branch. The instructor must commit to operating under the HUNTS Standard Operating Procedures which along with qualied instructors is the mainstay of our safety management system. In compliance with this a current rst aid certicate is required. The instructor signs a Consent to Disclosure that authorises MSC acting on the behalf of NZDA to initiate vetting by NZ Police. Any red ag arising out of the vetting is taken into account (in condence) by the National Coordinator, HUNTS and the applicant is advised of the decision. Currency is determined by an instructors record of activity and by observation by a visiting assessor. Up to this stage HUNTS is small enough for the National Coordinator to have personal knowledge of every one of our active instructors. This is certain to change as HUNTS grows and in anticipation suitably qualied instructors have been identied and this year will be warranted as assessors. Finally a warrant is issued by NZDA with the instructors HUNTS qualication and level shown along with the expiry date. The warrant is valid only while the instructor is a current NZDA member and holds a current rearm licence. Revalidation entails a lot of work but it is a positive. It reduces the likelihood of instructors continuing to operate beyond their level of competence or use by date. It provides the opportunity for instructors to retire or elect to take a supportive rather than an active delivery role in HUNTS. It is best practice in the outdoor industry and increases HUNTS credibility as a quality programme. NZDA as an organisation can have condence in the procedures and equally Bill OLeary important, the trainees on National Coordinator, HUNTS courses will have NZDA HUNTS condence in the quality of their instructors.

We have a responsibility to keep these guys safe

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Recently in the Marlborough Express two letters appeared about the silent forest in the Maruia Valley of the Lewis Pass area. The two correspondents were exactly right. In 1961, I rst visited the Maruia area and have since returned a thousand times. Bird life was always prolic until 2003 with the rst major 1080 topdressing. One month afterwards, the valley dead. In a letter to a newspaper I termed the area a green desert. Bird life, once abundant in the Maruia, has been decimated. Nine months ago I was on the alpine tops and not one kea (once plentiful) was sighted. The bogeyman in the 1080 poison racket is the Department of Conservation. The vast majority of 1080 drops on public land are administered for better or worse, by DOC. The Animal Health Board (AHB) drops the poison for an imagined pest, sanctioned by Department of Conservation. In short, DOC gives consent to AHB. Conditions for the drop are meaningless and rarely monitored. Even helicopter breaches (poison over boundaries) results in no action. In the Taipo Valley on the West Coast, I had 1080 pellets dropped on me! The AHB excuses to kill possums for Tb control are not valid. As a former pest control ofcer in Marlborough, I rate possum numbers low everywhere. An inaccurate skin test (20% error) on stock results in sleeper animals being unwittingly transported. Many Tb outbreaks can be traced to stock transport. Ferrets with litters, three times a year, are a far more likely Tb vector than possums. 1080 largely does not kill ferrets. In any case NZ Tb infection rates are very low at about 0.2%. The recreational hunting public and rational conservationists should be up in arms about 1080 and other equally destructive toxins such as brodifacoum. Governments boast of a clean, green image and export marketing brand. It is blatant hypocrisy. It was in the 1960s, Rachel Carson wrote her famous book, Silent Spring. The title is applying more and more to New Zealand. If you dear reader, killed one native bird, you'd be prosecuted. DOC and AHB knowingly kill native birds and are not culpable. Well what are you going to do about? Sit on your hands? Or exercise your democratic right and tell your MP, the Prime Minister and the public with letters to the editor, that it's wrong. Did you know government owns the 1080 factory? Remember your taxes are funding, governments, departments and the Animal Health Board to run the 1080 racket. Your money is being used to kill your deer and your native birds and other native life, on your land. How do you feel? Laurie Collins, Spokesman Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust

1080, originally registered as an insecticide is a metabolic poison; it kills everything that requires oxygen for its metabolic processes; every bird, animal, insect. It is an ecosystem poison. New Zealand conservation is species based and seeks to advantage native species while eradicating non-natives, as such, it can be readily corrupted by blind bigotry and interestingly, greed. It is a deliberate and wilful poisoning of whole forest ecosystems. It advantages the fastest breeders, particularly rats and stoats; slower breeding natives are disadvantaged. It is driven by a created crisis of pests which are blamed for killing birds; it is a crisis that conservation organisations are able to use to garner money from public and corporates. The same crisis is used by the state to maintain an over $120 million a year government owned poisons industry. It is the governments own agencies which spread 1080 over forests, lakes and rivers. Scientists who have raised concerns have lost their jobs or had their funding cut, so the rest go along with it. If there was a court in the world for crimes against nature, the New Zealand government should be before it for wilful ecocide, the death and destruction of native fauna. They should also be joined in the dock by the NZ Greens, WWF and Forest & Bird. Generations to come will look back and be gob-smacked at our stupidity, just like we are gob-smacked about slavery and genocide. W F Benfield, Martinbough


Dear Members
I would like to thank the members who approached Air New Zealand recently about the rearm transport charges for International travel, introduced late last year. These members pointed out to Air NZ that they were the only carrier applying such a charge, and they could lose support from their customers as a result. To Air New NZs credit, they acknowledged their customers were unhappy with the charge and have reversed their decision. Thank you to all the members, who are also Air NZ customers, who raised their concern. As a
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direct result of your effort the issue has been resolved quickly. We have been concerned about the number of rearm owners who have contacted us recently as a result of their license renewal or annual/ bi-annual security inspection. There have been instances where owners have felt intimidated or unsure of their rights and obligations in relation to registration of rearms. While we have been able to help some individual situations be resolved, we felt it would help if we outlined your rights and responsibilities when having your security inspected. The purpose of a security inspection is to

ensure rearm owners have the required security for the number and type of rearms they possess. The inspection can be performed by either a police ofcer or a contracted civilian. The arms ofcer is required to check your security is compliant and check the restricted rearms against the list they hold on your le. Restricted rearms are listed by make, model, calibre and serial number. While an ofcer may ask for these details in relation to other rearms you are under no obligation to give the information. However if you have other rearms the ofcer is required to check they are secured consistent with the conditions of

your license. Ofcers are not required to get photographs of your security. We recommend you keep a record of the make, model, calibre and serial number of all of your rearms, in case you have to report a loss or theft to the police and your insurance company. From time to time there may be changes to the security questions you are asked, in line with changes in licensing requirements. The questions should be specic to your security and how you manage risks. If a new risk is identied it should not mean you automatically lose your endorsement. It may mean you should look at what you will do to reduce the risk. For instance, if you have identied that one of your family has been convicted of a serious crime. You may decide to manage the risk of them having access to your rearms by meeting them away from your home, where your rearms are kept. Or you may decide to change the locks to your garage, or the alarm code, and ensue the area is always locked when they visit. While the response you have will vary depending on the situation, and the risk, the point is - you considered the risk of them having access to your rearms and responded appropriately to reduce that risk. It is important that as rearm owners we are seen as proactive in ensuring the safety of our families and the wider community, in light of recent events overseas. Please treat all ofcers with respect and courtesy, and ask them to treat you the same way. If you believe they have acted in an inappropriate way you can raise the matter with the Police National Manager of Licensing and Vetting, your local police station, COLFO or your club. The AGM for the Council was held 25th May in Wellington, which was the second meeting this year and the rst meeting to include the new Strategy Subcommittee. The Subcommittee will conduct itself through email or teleconference and meet face to face once per year. It will assist the Council in identifying emerging issues and planning response to threats. We will continue to have informal meetings with the police representatives, and have spoken twice with the secondment, Richard Smith, to the role of Manager Police Vetting and Firearms Licensing. We have also commenced informal meetings with other agencies to develop open communication. In March I took a week of leave from work and attended the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in New York. Previously we have sent letters to be read in the meetings but as this was the nal meeting the Council felt it was important to attend. The ATT is an attempt at an international agreement on the transfer of rearms, ammunition and their accessories between countries. It will effect the importation of, and travel with, rearms for many New Zealand owners over the next 5 to 10 years. Over the last year our attendance at the United Nations meetings have been as an New Zealand delegate, however this carries with it both some privilege and constraint. As delegate a major privilege is we are allowed to remain in the closed sessions, NGOs are asked to leave, and it is worth noting that organisation like Oxfam and Amnesty International do the same thing. The majority of rearm users support groups including NRA and WFSA are forced to leave. A major constraint is we are not allowed to speak to the meeting except in support of the ofcial New Zealand position. I wanted to share my observations of the treaty, a key benet to the council is - in the meetings I was focused on the wording of the treaty for up to 15 hours a day. Therefore the council benets from my understanding, gained from discussing each line and word in detail for a week with colleagues who have an understanding of the United Nations process. The meetings are intense and detailed, with at times veiled or overt displays of politics; I will share some of my observations. I caution supporting international positions before we completely understanding the proposers position as we could support positions that do not exist in New Zealand. For instance one group asked for support of their right to self-defence, however on further investigation we found it was the right to carry a loaded concealed rearm that they were seeking to protect. Our understanding is New Zealand will sign the Treaty as part of an ofcial event in early June; however implementation is expected to take around two years. The ATT will be an International agreement between 155 countries to set a common standard for regulating and improving regulation of the trade in conventional arms. While it is the transfer of rearms, ammunition and their accessories that concerns us, the Treaty also includes aircraft, ships, tanks, missiles, artillery and combat vehicles. Here are some of the sections I came to understand as important to us. In the preamble the Treaty states the factors affecting this agreement the need to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent the diversion to the illicit market, or for unauthorised end use and end users, including in the commission of terrorist acts, the sovereign right of any state to regulate and control conventional arms exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional system, mindful of the legitimate trade and lawful ownership, and use of certain conventional arms for recreational, cultural, historical, and sporting activities, where such trade, ownership and use are permitted or protected by law, Then it states the Ob jects and Purpose The ob ject of this Treaty is to: Establish the highest possible common international standards for regulating or improving regulation of the international trade in conventional arms; Prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion; For the purpose of: Contributing to international and regional peace, security and stability; Reducing human suffering; Promoting cooperation, transparency and responsible action by States Parties in the international trade in conventional arms, thereby building condence among State Parties. When you consider the object and purpose, a reasonable person does not have any issue with the intent of the Treaty, however like most considered agreements that can misinterpreted or diverted by individuals or groups who wish to push a personal agenda. This can come from both extremes of an argument. This is why it is important New Zealand rearm owners follow the development of international policy; understand how it may impact on us, who is promoting it and what their agenda is. Its rearm owners travelling internationally or importing rearms from overseas, the detail is where we can be affected. As the Treaty is adopted there will be opportunity for agencies or businesses to price gouge or impose rules far in excess of the intent of the Treaty, we need to be vigilant, and we have already seen an example of this in New Zealand prior to the nal discussion on the Treaty. If you have any thoughts or feedback please email me at chair@colfo.org.nz

A ll th e b est Ch a ir, COLFO Micha el Dowlin g,

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Helmets and Quad Riding in General

By L a n ce H a re, Wa ira ra p a Bra n c h
We have been peppered recently with the terrible stats of five dif ferent quad (AT V) operators being subjected (for varying reasons) to terrible accidents/injury . . . so it is very timely The normal loading for hunting. But a helmet will complete the look?

that Lance produced the following article for us to all read and reflect on what lessons can we each take from it that may cause us to modify what we currently practise that may help the chainsaw stacking up the firewood for winter.

each of us stay just a lit tle bit safer. Many of us use 4WD vehicles of varying shapes while hunting or out with

I know this is not the sexiest subject to discuss and to some people the issue around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the wearing of helmets just raises a lot of potential headaches! However Suzuki asked me to look at the subject as the question was raised. Before we get into the debate of if, when, and what helmet to wear, lets answer that question directly. Can you use a chainsaw helmet as protection for when riding a motorbike or quad? simple answer is NO! Reasons: 1. Chainsaw helmets are designed to collapse from a blow directly from above the head. (Majority of head injuries suffered from quad accidents are sustained from a side or lateral blow). Chainsaw helmets are impact rated very low, certainly not rated for any impact that would occur from an impact at 30-40 km/ ph. Also the chainsaw helmet is reliant on the internal harness to take the majority of the impact as opposed to blocking a direct blow. Chainsaw helmets have very minimal means of being able to be restrained on the head chinstraps are not rated for impact blows.

The fact remains the helmet can only be regarded as the last line of defence and it has a limited effect. The helmet protects the head but nothing else and it may be worth identifying the most frequent types of injuries incurred by quad riders to see if other hazard control options should be considered. This is supported by the stats quad bikes are responsible for almost a third of farm fatalities with 40% of them from head injuries therefore there are 60% of quad bike fatalities that are caused by injuries other than head trauma, (how are these fatalities being prevented or reduced?) Am I against helmet wearing of course NOT; however I agree with the thought that any PPE is not a substitute for good work practices it simply enhances or increases the chance of yourself or workers nishing the day safely! Looking at the greater issue of quad riding - lets dispel some myths: Accidents only happen at speed? The average weight of farm quads on sale in New Zealand is approximately 270 kilos when a load that heavy lands on you, you have little chance of escape regardless of your travel speed. The high centre of gravity on a quad bike means that accidents can happen even when travelling at walking pace accidents relating to



Right, the question is out of the way lets look at the debate of helmet use and its greater implications to the rural sector. It is common for workplaces to experience disputes or discussions over PPE. These discussions are necessary to ensure that the best, suitable PPE is used to control a hazard, ie sometimes safety eyewear can be heat-resistant sunglasses, sometimes they should be goggles. Sometimes head protection comes from a hard hat, sometimes from a bump cap. PPE should never generate new hazards when trying to control another. This also leads onto the current debate concerning the rash of fatalities on quads and the continued call for helmet use as though this will solve all the problems associated with quad riding!

Even a helmet will not save these two

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speed are generally caused by inattention or by the rider doing another task. Get into the habit of assessing the terrain before choosing to ride over it If youre not condent at riding go another way, or turn around and use a more appropriate means to complete the task Set appropriate speed limits on different terrain or areas of the worksite and as they relate to different weather and conditions Dont create time and task conicts for your staff which will force them to take short cuts

What OSH expect in a commercial operation

Accidents only happen on hills? Many of the accidents are happening on at terrain sometimes riders may perceive the ground to be at, but hazards such as rough ground, stop banks and drains can be enough to cause a roll-over. Note: When a rider rolls on a hill they often have the advantage of gravity and are able to move away from the quad more easily than those who roll the bikes on the at where the bike is more likely to land directly on the rider. I know how to ride a quad properly - Ive been riding for years! Just because Ive been buying Lotto tickets for years doesnt mean Im going to win this Saturday, (would be nice though)! While experience can be an advantage, it can also breed complacency if bad habits are ingrained through years of riding quads in an unsafe manner, then the rider, no matter how experienced, is at high risk. We cant wrap our kids up in cot ton wool rural kids should be out playing and enjoying the farms - thats how they learn! Fact: Between 2006 and 2012 there were 30 people killed on quads in New Zealand, 8 of them children under 16! Fact: 60 children injured [requiring hospitalisation] each year with 77% of them the driver! Fact: Generally (note: there will always be an exception) children dont have the strength, body weight and mental ability to master active riding techniques needed to safely control 270 kilos of powered machinery! Fact: Rural kids grow up learning different skills from city kids but that doesnt mean their bodies or minds are grown up enough to handle adult quad bikes! Fact: Going out on a farm unsupervised and driving all over different/ difcult terrain is not a learning environment it is simply a rafe ticket that the child gets lucky with! Supervision is the only way children can learn what is right, and what the parameters are to their quad and its capabilities! Fact: The powers to be dont want children to be excluded off quads

and farm bikes in general.Just simply riding the appropriate sized vehicle for their stature and capabilities! All this PC safety is nonsense. What happened before quads - we had horses and they were just as big a problem but kids still rode them! Fact: Quads, three wheelers have been in New Zealand since 1978 [with the exception to earlier imported ones]. Fact: The population in New Zealand in 1978 was 3,165,200 with a Rural % of 58% = 1,835816 people living rurally the population in 2012 was 4,445,063 and the rural sector had declined to a 13.2% share which means only 586,748 [1/2 of 1978] people live rurally! We can assume that living rurally the vast majority of that population is exposed to rural lifestyle and work. Fact: We have 3 x the amount of accidents on farm quads today than we did in 1978 with only the potential risk population! What is the point!! The fact is the rural sector has increased in productivity but managing it with less people! We use more powerful tools ie, for the rst 10 years that quads were introduced they only had a 250 cc rating - now the average is 500cc. Whether you are fencing or farming the majority of businesses are doing more work with fewer employees. The same amount of ground has to be covered but there are still only 24 hours in a day. We expect ourselves and our employees to go harder and faster for longer! A reaction has to occur and Worksite safety is generally the rst to suffer.

And where does the old statement of horses versus quads come into this? Horses on farms have declined from over 475,000 at its height in 1911 to under 65,000 in 2012. The farm hack was no different to todays tools. You used the horse suited to the task miniature ponies dont
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pull ploughs very well but kids can ride them; Clydesdale horses dont suit for long riding but pull implements very well. Yes people fell off them but as a rule most horses were used for their intended application! Back to the helmet! The legal position on wearing helmets in the workplace: Section 10 [2] [b] of the Act specically requires employers to provide suitable safety equipment for their employees and make sure it is worn whenever a workplace hazard can be minimised. When a quad bike is used for work, the hazard of losing control of the bike can only be minimised because no amount of knowledge or training can completely eliminate an incident from occurring. Head injuries to the rider will be deemed as a foreseeable harm situation, and a helmet is a known means of reducing the severity of a head injury So under that section of the Act, a quad bike helmet is a legal requirement! What type of helmet can I wear? Be cautious on this one all OSH advice will be centred on what the manufacturer recommends but the manufacturer generally has a vested [$$$] interest in the sale of recommended helmets. They state that you must wear a motorbike helmet due to the impact rating. The rating for off road is based on 80 km/h average. Note you can purchase downhill racing mountain bike helmets (these are the top of the line) with an impact rating of 120km/hr. the bike manufacturers will say the mountain bike helmet is not suitable as the

push bike is not motorised!.... Ahhhh, Hello #^*%* surely the point is the speed of impact not the format to getting to that speed!! I have taken this question to the Head OSH inspector and discussed the different helmets out on the market; the agreement was there are two prime factors to why people currently dont wear them: Its not cool and or no one else wears them the more people wear them the more they will become accepted The current (manufacturer recommended) helmets are too uncomfortable, too heavy and way too hot in summer

If we can have usable practicable light weight and dare I say it good looking hats (cool looking) that can be worn with a beanie or cap under it we will start getting some acceptance. The conclusion to my discussion with the Head OSH inspector is as long as the employee is making all reasonable steps to comply and is supplying their staff with approved impact and restraint rated helmets ie the mountain bike helmet, OSH is being covered. Conclusion: In summary yes it is a legal requirement for the employer to supply helmets when riding quads but it is also a legal requirement for the employee to actually wear them. You cannot watch them every moment and they need to take responsibility for their actions! As I said at the beginning, this is not the sexiest of subjects but an important one all the same!

Ch eers. La nce Ha re

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A SniPPET on THE REd dEER of BRiTain

By D Br u c e B a n we l l , N a t i o n a l Li f e M e m b e r
About ten thousand years ago when the glacial epochs had ceased in Europe, and Britain was an extension of the continents, Red deer crossed to occupy the area. The British mainland is surrounded by a series of islands left behind by this process Ireland, Hebrides, Shetlands and the Orkneys. Although Red deer occupy the Hebrides and parts of Ireland, recent research has revealed that the deer at Killarney in the South-West Ireland are not native to the area and have probably been introduced there from the mainland by Celtic invaders a couple of thousand years ago.

Some fine specimens of Red deer from Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.

It has been suggested on several occasions that New Zealand pioneered farming deer but evidence available around Britain suggests that the Gaelic Celts may have practiced the process centuries ago. While there are no wild Red deer on the Shetlands and Orkney Islands today, there is evidence of their presence in the past. Extremely swift currents in the sea between Britain and the outlying islands must have posed problems for the Celts who would not have had the motorised vessels available for ferries to those groups of islands plying there today. So it would appear that when Ireland and Highland Scotland existed as a Gaelic Kingdom, trade in animals may have been active to provide skins, meat and other usable parts. They were an important commodity to those ancient populations of people who had adopted that area as their traditional home. Scenic Trips Fishing Hunting Diving Tramping These ndings and facts should prove interesting in New Zealand as the 47ft Morgan Hull charter vessel, 650hp V8 Fiat majority of our Red deer genetics owe their origin to these animals. In engine, cruises at 12-13 knots. fact, samples of Otago Red deer sent to Ireland as part of this research

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project revealed a relationship between those of Otago and some areas of Scotland. Flesh samples from a number of Otago herd animals were sent to Ireland by the writer.

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H a y d e n M e l l e s, K a p it i Bra n c h, 1 5 - y e a rs- o l d
On a warm morning in October I woke up ready for a great days hunting with Ron, Anton, Dad and Conner, who also shot his first deer a month before hand. We arrived at the block at around 12:30pm, talked to the owners, and then took of f. We started to walk towards a gully where we thought the deer might have been sheltering from the pounding wind. As we were walking along the ridge we stopped to have a look through the binos. We scanned the opposite face for around ten minutes until Anton saw a young Red hind on a clearing feeding on some shrub. We took some time to look for an ideal position to take a shot. We spot ted a knob that was around 70 metres from the deer. I was starting to feel the buck fever that Dad had told me about many times. I lay down in a comfy position to shoot from. There wasnt enough time to find a rest or take of f the pack as the deer was only two metres from the bush line and was making its way to it. My heart was pounding, I was so nervous, but I placed the cross hairs on the deers shoulder and the .303 barked. As the reassuring sound of a thud echoed back the animal disappeared into the bush. The bush then came alive as around seven hinds ran out of the bush and one straight up the hill where we had shot from. A f ter everything set tled down Dad and I went for a walk down to try and find the deer while the others just waited up the top to guide us to the clearing. We got to the clearing and headed into the bush to try and find it. We were walking up and down scanning the area for ten minutes but there was no sign of it or any blood. At that point I was feeling that disgusting feeling you get when you wound something. We waved the others down to help but at that point I had convinced myself that it was still running, but they still came down nevertheless. As soon as they got there Ron said he could smell deer and followed his dog like senses to my DEER. It turns out that it was a clean shot straight through the lungs. But all the fun was over. Then came the hard part, gut ting it and carrying it out. It was my first time gut ting something all by myself but I had some good help on hand to tell me what to do. I still managed to do a lot wrong though. Ron then went of f to get the quad and I started to carry it out to where we were get ting picked up by the quad. Dad and I took the deer home and hung it. Everyone came over the next day to do some butchery which was fun and a great experience. I got to cut out the back steaks and Then came the hard part; the eye fillets. All in all it was a great day that I will treasure for carrying it out. the rest of my life and I would really like to thank Ron Canham for organising the trip and creating a great memory.

The author and his first animal


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Teva Darkis from New Caledonia Teva Darkis, Thames Valley New Caledonia with a nice NZDA, Rusa from yearling shot at with a nice shot sunset in Rusa New yearling Caledonia. at sunset in New Caledonia. Teva is a member of T VDA.

Angus Mckay, North Canterbury Branch who is 7-years-old spot ted these two wallabies on his first hunting trip with his dad when walking a long way and high onto the back hills of Cave.

James Officer, Taupo Branch, 7 years-old who, assisted by his father Barrie, shot his first deer, a Fallow stag on a genuine bush stalk. The rifle used was a .222 Sako Vixen.



Sam Arthur with his goat on the T hames Valley NZDA Kids Survival Camp Weekend

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By Ian Cooksley, National Hunting Advisor/Community Relations
Contact details: Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai Telephone: 06 350 9705 E mail: icooksley@doc.govt.nz Manawatu Rangitikei Area Private Bag 11010 Palmerston North 4442 717 Tremaine Avenue, Palmerston North 4414

As part of the National Hunting Advisor role various information sources are monitored to obtain an appreciation of current issues that are either concerning hunters or initiatives that are supported. Media: Two issues have been prominent in recent reporting one being hunter safety and the other a private initiative to make Stewart Island pest free. Hunter safety: With tragic deaths in 2012 as the result of non intentional shooting, safety is of prime concern to all agencies and organisations involved in hunting activities. An interagency group (including NZDA) has been formed to have a look at what is being done for hunter safety currently and what new initiatives could be introduced. It can not be over emphasised that at the end of the day the responsibility rests with the person pulling the trigger but there may be actions that can be supported to lessen the risk. (eg HUNTS programme.)

was mistaken identity with secondary factors being separating from hunting companion in two incidents and spotlighting in the third incident. The above causes (especially identication of the target and not separating from a hunting companion) have been the subject of numerous safety message programmes over a long period. Recent incidents have highlighted the problem of only identifying a target through the rie scope (with its limited eld of view) and hunters not wearing high visibility clothing that covers a substantial part of the body. Spotlighting is increasingly being involved in rearms incidents and with the increased availability of night vision equipment is likely to feature more in the future. For those intending to purchase such equipment please be aware that hunting at night is not permitted on DOC administered land. Visitor website comments: This work monitors the visitor feedback website and although is primarily about recreational facilities does capture some hunting comments. Recent feedback in April was positive about the assistance a DOC employee rendered to a hunting party in the Tongariro Forest. Departments Compliance Register: Contains information on offences against various Acts the Department administers and is monitored for issues that could be avoided or discouraged through actions the Department could implement. The following convictions were registered for 2012. Conservation Act: WARO activity in prohibited area. (Also taken under WAC Act.)

Helicopter landing without authority. Fixed wing operating without authority. Spotlighting. Discharging crossbow in dangerous manner. Breach of hunting permit condition. National Parks Act: Two cases of hunting with dogs. Spotlighting. Wild Animal Control Act: Hunting without permit. Spotlighting and no permit. Hunting forum website: This website forum gives individual hunters the opportunity to debate hunting related issues and transfer information. Recent issues have included: Whitetail deer and the future of the Wakatipu herd. Aerially Assisted Trophy Hunting (AATH) legislation. Various 1080 operations and their impact on deer herds present. The above snap shot illustrates that the issues facing hunting and hunting management are many and varied with some being longstanding and often debated. Around the country, hunters and the Department are working together on issues of mutual agreement and for the others continuing dialogue is encouraged.

Pest free Stewart Island: This private initiative seeks to rid Stewart Island of rats, cats and possums. Whilst a scoping document has been prepared that concluded the proposal was technically feasible there are signicant logistical issues that need to be addressed and to date no application has been received by the Department. Concerns have been raised by hunters about any operation having an adverse impact on the Whitetail deer herd on the Island.

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NZ Mountain Safety Council Non Intentional Firearms Incident Report: This report is compiled annually and ten incidents are recorded for 2012 including three fatalities. The primary cause of the three fatalities

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Helicopter pilot Richard Hannibal Hayes has joined an elite group of aviators by logging 30,000 ying hours. A Civil Aviation Authority spokesman said Mr Hayes' achievement was signicant, even by international standards. "It is a signicant achievement for a pilot anywhere in the world to reach this level of ying hours. It certainly makes the pilot part of a very elite group of aviators." But Mr Hayes, on reaching the milestone, said it was just another day at the ofce. "It's what happens. I've been in the game a long time," he said. Along with his wife, Carol, Mr Hayes owns Southern Lakes Helicopters, based in Te Anau. He has mostly own in Southland and Fiordland, although in recent years he has made trips to the sub Antarctic region and the Auckland Islands. Mr Hayes began training to become a helicopter pilot in 1973, was employed by Tim Wallace in 1975 to y helicopters for deer recovery, then started his own business in 1980. Since those early years, he has own helicopters to help with avalanche control, re ghting and conservation, and was recognised for his work in search and rescue when he received the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2000, then the Outstanding Airman Award for helping to save lives in a 2005 Queenstown re. Only one pilot in the world is given the award in any year, and Mr Hayes was the rst New Zealander to receive it. Mr Hayes said he would not have come this far without the support of his wife or his staff at Southern Lakes Helicopters. "You stick at the coal face and do the hours, but a major amount of work goes on in the background." Mr Hayes said if given the opportunity to start over, he would still be where he is today. "It's not a bad job most of the time. Would I do it all again? Probably. It's what we do, it's our job. We're not in it for glory and fame."


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A replica o f t h e giant moa at A r t h u r s Pa ss . I n a l l t h e r e we r e most likely nine sp e c i e s o f m o a f ro m t h e g i a n t t o o n e t h a t i n h a b it e d s n o wg ra ss t o p s . >

No MoRE Moa
By To n y O r m a n

A n e w bo o k o n t h e e x t i n c t m o a t h ro ws s o m e i n t e r e s t i n g l i g h t o n N e w Ze a l a n d s e c o sy s t e m b e f o r e E u ro p e a n s a n d d e e r c o l o n ise d t h e l a n d
Quinn Berentson of Dunedin, scientist, writer, documentary lm maker and photographer, laments the passing of the moa into extinction. It must have been a wonderful sight to see the moa, nine species in all, inhabiting the lowland forests and plains, the forest and snow grass tops, he says. But sadly the image is only one t for the imagination, not the eyes. Scientists have termed the killing out of the moa as a blitzkrieg extinction; such was the ruthless and rapid way it was carried out. All that is left alive of the moa is the extraordinary story of its long life and sudden death, he says. In 2009, Quinn Berentson set about chronicling the moa story. During studies on the Otago goldelds Quinn found many references from European gold mining days to numerous moa bones. I became increasingly fascinated and it evolved into a story begging to be researched and told. Like I did, most New Zealanders know stuff-all about the moa. Quinn describes the moa as the most unusual and unique family of birds that ever lived, a clan of feathered monsters that were isolated on the small islands of New Zealand. Left to the wildest whims of evolution, they became so large and different from the rest of the avian group so that they became almost as much mammal as bird. That reference to mammal is of particular interest to deerstalkers for debate has arisen in recent years that the oft-quoted statement that New Zealands vegetation evolved in the absence of browsing animals is simply not true. As I outlined in my book About Deer and Deerstalking 2004), before 1400 AD the pristine New Zealand was most likely, heavily browsed. New Zealands vegetation passed through three regimes: 1. Up to about 1400 AD, moa and other birds browsing. 2. 1400-1900 AD (moas extinct), no browsing. 3. 1900 to present day, browsing by deer and other big mammals and possums. Quinn Berentson was fascinated by the dominance of the moa. With little competition and no ground predators moas thrived for millions of years. Its likely that period involved 50 or 60 million years. They adapted and diversied to ll virtually every terrestrial environment, from sand dunes to ax swamps, deep primeval rain forest to frozen sub-alpine tussock. Some were the size of turkey while the largest, the giant moa became the tallest bird to have ever lived on the planet. Then the Maori arrived from Polynesia. Seemingly in a geological blink of an eye, the moa disappeared, erased from history so quickly and thoroughly that today New

Zealanders scarcely give them a thought. They have become creatures of myth and urban legend - ghosts in the bush, says Quinn. Curious, Quinn set about delving into the history. Modern technology helped enormously. Mainly in the last decade science and technology have utterly transformed our view of the moa and brought these extraordinary creatures back into the light. DNA samples from places like North Canterburys Pyramid Valley and Honeycomb Hill in north Westland, revolutionised moa science. Our perception of the most iconic of New Zealand birds has been transformed from a mysterious monster of legend that many doubted existed, into a living breathing group of animals that are the most studied and understood of all the many extinct species of animal that walked the Earth before us. Theres another side to the moa story too and it involves humans and their foibles. When European science came across the moas in the 1840s, the ightless birds were described as the zoological nd of the century. The moa of the South Pacic colony made headlines in British papers and New Zealand was known as The Land of the Moa - not the Kiwi. Indeed in 1901, when the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited New Zealand,


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H a v e d e e r r e p l a c e d t h e b ro ws i n g elem ent t ha t for 50 or 60 million y e a rs wa s p a r t o f t h e e c o sy s t e m u n d e r a b ro ws i n g b ird r e g i m e? > the menu from the royal supper at Wellington, featured not a kiwi, but a moa! Rugby cartoons about the same time showed a smiling moa (New Zealand) with a battered lion dangling from its beak. It was captioned The Moa and the Lion. The moa was used as the symbol of the All Blacks right from their rst tour. Within the wider scientic fraternity the mystical, mysterious moa became the focus of intense scrutiny that became like a Shakespearian tragedy. Baser human nature took over and highly personal and nasty inghting soon broke out amongst those who competed to study them, says Quinn. Britisher Richard Owen, a scientist of an enormous conceit and competitiveness, further tainted with a spiteful, vindictive streak, possessively clung to his Father of the Moa reputation that was founded on his publishing of a moa paper in 1838. Quinn describes him as the most unscrupulous scientist in Britain who would without conscience hijack others discoveries. Owen clashed viciously with another scientist Gideon Mantell and later Mantells son, Walter. Meanwhile in New Zealand noted early explorers like William Colenso and Bishop William Williams innocently entered the fray. In later years geologists the ambitious and ego-driven Julius von Haast and James Hector became embroiled in feuding of the moa. Quinn Berentson skillfully brings the human jostlings and clashes over the moa to light. Apart from the jealous 19th century pantomimes, plagarism and pirating over the moa, what of the bird itself? Moas were ightless birds up to 3.5 metres high with the giant species having succulent 30 to 40 kg drumsticks a metre long. The birds were relatively easy to kill while humaninduced bush res ravaged their habitat as well as killing many. Quinn Berentson estimates the moa population was at least one million. But scientist Les Batchelar in 1986 put the number at between six and 12 million. The late Dr Graeme Caughley reckoned more in line with Batchelar. But who can say for sure? Really no one. It is difcult to estimate the total population of either moa or moa hunter involved in the great slaughter but it is obvious that a relatively small population of humans wiped out an enormous number of moa, says Quinn. DNA testing just last year revealed there were very likely nine species. Moas lived everywhere in New Zealand except the Chatham Islands. The giant three metre plus moa lived in both the North and South Islands. The metre high Upland Moa in the South Island high country and the medium sized Crested Moa in north-west Nelson. Then there was the Heavy-footed Moa and Eastern Moa in the eastern South Island, the turkey-sized Mantells Moa in only the North Island, the squat Stout-legged Moa in all the North Island and eastern South Island and the smallest of all but most widespread - the


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Little Bush Moa - all of the North Island plus western and southern South Island. The slaughter of the moa was amazingly rapid. Science has revealed within just 100 years of human settlement, moa were extinct in most areas of New Zealand. Radio-carbon dating from moa bone and charcoal suggest the most intense moa hunting happened across the 14th and 15th centuries. The huge moa meat-works along the east coast of the South Island were at their peak at the same time as the Ming Dynasty of China, the Inca Empire in South America and Christopher Columbuss discovery of the New World in 1492, says Quinn. By the time Da Vinci was making his early sketches of the Mona Lisa, the moa had been decimated and was on a very steep, slippery slope to extinction. The life and biology of moa times is fascinating in itself. The moas only natural predator before the invasion of Polynesians - was the Haasts Eagle which was at the top of the food chain in ancient New Zealand, the equivalent

of a lion, tiger or great white shark. The giant eagle had a three metre wingspan and Quinn estimates that by about 1350 as the Haasts eagles habitat in eastern South Island had been burned and the moas exterminated, they died out. It is probable the eagles were also hunted by humans. Quinn Berentson describes the Kaikoura to Dunedin stretch of the eastern South Island as the the moa belt as it contained the greatest populations and species diversity of moa in New Zealand. There the Polynesian settlers (Maori) established hunting camps at major river mouths. Moa carcasses were probably oated down rivers from the hinterlands. Some of the South Canterbury and Otago camps were so huge and specialised that they were virtually moa meat-works where the birds were butchered and cooked on a scale that almost dees imagination, he says. The Waitaki River mouth meat-work was probably over 120 hectares with 1200 ovens. Likely 100,000 moa were butchered and cooked there.

Its probable moas were mostly solitary with a network of paths which hunters located and then ambushed the birds with long wooden spears. The moas fought vigorously but while on one foot during a struggle, they were easily capsized and set upon. The blitzkrieg was swift. For example, it seems within 10 years the Coromandel moa population was exterminated. But Quinn dismisses suggestions of blood on the hands of early Maori. Man, even modern, has blood on his hands. Everyones ancestors wiped something out, he says. The moa might have survived in a small pocket until 1900. One or two authorities believe it possible that when in 1948, NZDAs founder Doc Geoffrey Orbell discovered the takahe in the Murchison Mountains Fiordland, perhaps just perhaps - one or two survived there too. But Quinn Berentson considers none survive today - and the wilderness of New Zealand is poorer for their absence.

M o a - Th e Li f e a n d D e a t h o f N e w Ze a l a n d s Le g e n d a r y B ird b y Q u i n n B e r e n t s o n , p u b l is h e d b y Cra i g Po t t o n Pu b l is h i n g . S e e bo o k r e vi e w b e l o w.

Title: Moa: The Life and Death of New Zealand's Legendary Bird Author: Quinn Berentson, (2012) Publisher: Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, New Zealand ISBN: 9781877517846 Format: Hard cover, 250x200mm, 300 pages RRP: $49.99 Reviewed by: Chaz Forsyth
One of a long line of beautifully illustrated books from the stable of Craig Potton Publishing, this one continues, but on that most engaging of topics, the New Zealand

Moa. Your reviewer was long ago, inspired to wishful thinking by John Johns, a photographer for the former New Zealand Forest Service, to photograph a moa. This book is the next best thing to a time travel machine, because it unravels a lot more of the mysteries about these birds, whose living possibly overlapped that of the earliest European visitors to New Zealand. It's quite a triumph, because these enormous birds died out at least a century and a half ago, perhaps earlier. Thankfully, the book also includes material which reects the advances conferred by the availability of DNA analyses, and these revelations alone make it really worthwhile. The author has used his talents and his university qualications to make this book readable, and as far as may be inferred from the available (post-mortem) observations, exact. From the early rumours, through the wrangles between Messrs Mantell, Jones, Chasland, and Drs Owen, Haast and Sir James Hector, the key personalities of the worlds of science on both sides of the globe are named, along with their differing views about what the birds ate, how they carried their heads, where they


went, and who killed them. Controversy barely describes it (older deerstalkers' members will recall the interminable arguments at annual conferences about the Wapiti of Fiordland. These would have paled into insignicance compared to the scientic debates about the moa). Maps, illustrations, and diagrams lend colour and authenticity to this exciting assemblage of facts, tinctured with ction and arguably the best assumptions, supported by the latest inferences. Berentsen has done a wonderful job, updating and enhancing earlier efforts by Duff and many others. It is clear that if moa were rediscovered, the botanically-dominated wildlife managers of the Department of Conservation would have real difculties accommodating the demands made upon the environment by these mega herbivores, because they would devour plenty of our forest browse. I'd still love to see moa, and this book provides plenty of clues about what to seek. Fanciful, no: factual, in the main, yes. For just now, this book is the goto reference for many matters moa. On that basis, I have no hesitation recommending it.


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B y M a u r e e n C o l e m a n , Th a m e s Va l l e y Bra n c h

A badly sprained ankle in the bush is something that none of us need.... and I was no different to anyone else except that I had been fortunate enough the day before to have done a training session with Contact Care/Flinchlock Release practitioner Dale Speedy from Ngatea. It all sounded too simple at the training session on how to deal with impact in juries and sprains however I never thought for one minute that Id be put ting it all to good use within 24 hours. Hunting in the Kaimanawas on my own in the early roar period of 2012, Id made reasonable time getting well up a ridge and onto some very good stag sign when the oops happened. I was quietly making my way over a large fallen log, paused to sit on it for a few moments and then as I pushed off, it all turned to custard as my leading foot landed on the sloping ground. I pushed off from the log but ultimately I knew I was in the crap big time when my right foot folded under when it landed. There was a gut wrenching crack that echoed back to me, the intense searing pain, nearly feinting (not to mention almost returning the munchies bar that Id eaten an hour earlier) and being stuck in an ar*eup with care manner against the log, the lessons and skills learned the day before kicked into gear. I could hear Dale so plainly explaining it....hold onto the ankle with both hands and keep moving the ankle and yourself around till the pain disappears!!! Yeah right I can hear you say but that is exactly what happened. The pain was intense but no worse than it had been while just sitting there and then all of a sudden, with my foot (still in the boot) up in the air (still being held onto with both hands) and my elbow on the ground, the pain literally disappeared as if a switch had been turned off. Once in this position, the instructions were to gently squeeze the ankle in a pulsing manner and take in deep breaths through your nose for 6-10 times. Still sitting in the comfortable position I followed the instructions from the day before and presto, the results were amazing. I cautiously eased the pressure off after doing the 8-10 pulses and remarkably I was able to move my ankle with relative ease so it was now time to try and weight bear on it. Using my rie and the log for support, I got to my feet, put my foot on the ground and was able to apply pressure to it. Still not too sure that this was as good at it all seemed I had to test it out sooner or later so no time like the presence was the approach. My ankle did jib a bit at having some weight on it and there was some pain shooting up my leg but it was clearly improving with every minute that I had it on the ground and getting out of the bush under my own steam was now looking very likely. Erring on the side of caution and not venturing further aeld I headed back toward the Ute. Within about 50 metres I was denitely able to walk without too much thought being given to the offending ankle and it was a very relieved hunter that didnt need to rely on someone coming to get me!! I was mindful of some rough ground in front and skirted

around it and then right there in front of me was really fresh stag sign.... like he hadnt been gone all that long at all. About now I got a bit too keen on looking for the stag and forgot about the ankle and I did go over on it again which was a timely reminder to do one thing properly....like get out in one piece. I repeated the same process and from there on, I just made my way out of the bush. Id been in the bush for two hours when the accident happened so it was a reasonable walk out and some pretty crappy patches also needed to be negotiated but the ankle held up remarkably well. I did take an anti inammatory when I got back to the Ute as once I was sitting down waiting for my hunting mates to come back, the swelling and the associated pain started to kick in. This one tablet was the only pain relief that I took at all and after a good nights sleep, my boots were back on again the next day and I did another four hour walk up the Hineamaia. This treatment was absolutely awesome and I have helped others with the same thing since. It is incredible how you go from bring in real trouble to being totally mobile again with what would normally be a show stopping injury....and all within a matter of a few minutes and totally able to be administered on your own.

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Compress the affected area in the comfort position Rock/pulse it in the comfort position and breath through your nose until you feel the pressure release.

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Funny bone, tow-bar on the shin, a smack on the ankle bone and we all know of the ouch factor that goes with these injuries..... Try this as an almost instant relief treatment. As soon as you have a sudden impact to an area as mentioned above or even just to an area of the arm, thigh or any part of the body; slap it!!! You read that right, SLAP IT. Believe me, when you are breathing in with what seems like 4 inhales to each exhale with the pain, slapping the impact area doesnt hurt any more. The end result is that within a few moments, the impact pain has decreased unbelievably, there is no lump or bruising come up like we usually expect with say a whack to the shin bone and in my cases where I have applied this technique, within an hour or so, it is almost impossible to know where the impact point actually was.

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B y Tr e v D i b b e n , M a r l bo ro u g h Bra n c h w it h c a m e o s f ro m t h r e e o t h e r t e a m s Check out that smile the one on Thomas! This is an annual hunting trip organised by Doug Hislop through his longstanding relationship with Upcot Station. I am a bit short on photosit seems that when you are in amongst it, adrenaline pumping, the camera is an af terthought for most. Dan and I left work early on Friday to travel up the Awatere Valley for Upcot (we were owed a few hours, as we both work extremely hard for the taxpayer insert TUI add!). Arriving at the 5 star accommodation (shearers quarters) we promptly set to lighting the re and unloading gear prior to the others arriving, as it was f#@ king cold. The accommodation was great, apart from a small issue with the water which saw scolding hot showers and no cold water most of us will have experienced the opposite, so this was a little left eld. However it was eventually sorted late Saturday, but only after Lester had burnt body parts trying to freshen up in the morningnot an image I want in my headoops, sorry, now you have that image in your head. Once all the others had arrived, it was a pretty uneventful, a few tall stories were told over a few quiet drinks, then most settled to watch the Crusaders/Chiefs semiwhich to the disgust of most, those bloody cheating Chiefs somehow won! Saturday morning was a heavy frost which saw Special K swapped for bacon and eggs (there were no women in sight) then at a very comfortable departure time of 7.30am, four vehicles headed up the Castle River laden with keen hunters. The 4WD track was mostly up the river bed, but due to recent rain some of the crossings had been cut away hence there were some bouncy moments and boulders jarring the undercarriagea wise decision for Julian and I to have left our Shiners at camp. Wayne Smith and Lester Neil along with Tony and Thomas Myles progressed up the Enchanted Stream while the rest continued up Castle. Below is an account from

Thomas, af ter knocking over his first goat

Mat t Large about him and son Thomass day. After dropping off Julian, Jacob, Dan and Trev to go up side valleys, Doug, Thomas and I carried on driving another few kilometres up the river bed, past the Boyces Hut to the end of the road. We glassed the basins and valleys to see what game we could see, but not too much was out as it was still a bit early for any goats. After working out a plan with Doug, Thomas and I started making our way up a pretty good ridge. At 7 years-old this was Thomass rst real hunt on foot. He had been out plenty of times, but mostly on quad bikes. After a fairly decent walk up to the snow line it was time for lunch. Without seeing any game we were starting to get a bit worried we had chosen the wrong valley, as earlier in the day we had heard a fair few shots from Dan and Trev. We sidled our way round the basins and nally got site of what we had been looking for, a mob of ve goats about 1 kilometre away. We hatched a plan to get to a good rocky outcrop to get within 200 yards of them. Once there it was more like 250, but as this was as close as we could get to them without being seen, I decided it was worth a try. After getting a good rest on a rock I let rip. The rst billy rolled a few times down the steep shingle scree they were on, and then just sat there. The suppressor on my Tika 243 was working well as the other four had no idea where the shot had come from. One by one they fell over and after the dust had cleared only one got

away. Thomas pointed out to me that the rst one I had shot was still alive, so we decided to get a bit closer to ensure a clean kill. We snuck up to within 40 yards of him and after setting Thomas up on a good rest he placed a good shot though the head, just below the horns. Thomas was stoked. It was the rst time he had red anything larger than my .22 plus his rst goat. After taking some pics and collecting the head as a trophy, we made the long trek back to Doug, who was waiting in the main riverbed. It was a long walk for a 7 year-old, but he was stoked with his days effort. I was also stoked and a very proud Dad for what was a day that I will remember for a long time. The next day Thomas was tired so we did some 4x4ing to drop the other guys up in the snow so they could walk down the valley to their waiting cars below. We spotted two good size deer on a ridge a couple of kilometres away while Doug and Rodger decided the best plan of attack on some goats we had seen from the bottom. After watching them disappear over a ridge we made our way back to the cook house for a brew and slice of choc cake. The chocolate cake was fabulous by the wayand now an account from Julian Morriss about him and son Jacobs weekend.
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We arrived on Friday night at about 8.00pm to meet the team and settle in. Amazed to nd a TV we were able to catch up on New Zealand efforts in the Olympics then later watch the Crusaders and Chiefs semi. Saturday was a very crispy start and we were dropped off by Doug in the Poplars up Castle Creek. After 20 minutes up the valley we heard another group open up on some goats. The valley was still, silent and frozen waiting for the sun to thaw our surroundings. At the head of the valley we were spotted by a small mob of nine goats where Jacob was able to shoot his rst goat after a few sighters. We then sidled west above the tributaries and spotted a lone nanny at 300 yards and after two sighters she fell to the .223. The wind changed blowing our scent down the valley and we enjoyed the pleasant walk back to the truck. Sunday was overcast and threatening to rain with snow high up. Doug dropped us off at the top of Schooners with Rodger and he immediately spotted two deer on the other side of the valley. We followed Rodger down the ridge to where he had seen goats from the road and found that they had descended into the valley. After getting down to them and setting up a good ambush we opened re. The mob of 20 was completely taken with Rodger accounting for 10, Jacob 5 and Julian 5. A very successful day and a fantastic trip. Wowtwo young lads with their rst goats and two very proud Dadsthats what its all about! Doug went off on his own for the day (no one else was able to keep up!); he spotted the tail end of a dear disappearing in the bush after shooting some goats, where his tally for the day was seven I believe. Now a lit tle snippet from Wayne Smith, about his and Lester Neils trip. A newbie to the branch, and after relocating back to the South Island, this trip was my rst opportunity to get a feel for some new hunting country around Marlborough. I was teamed up with Lester and had a very pleasant Saturday chasing a few goats. We saw quite a few but just

tipped over a couple each to keep things interesting. Sunday we opted for a bunny shoot. The day started in a great fashion with three stags on the road as we headed away from the farm. Bunnies proved a bit wary but we did manage to get one each and scare a few others! Lesters 22 also dealt to an unlucky goat that turned up as well. Some really interesting country, plenty of game, good bunch of blokes and great to see a few of them bringing their sons along for the weekend as well. Great trip and much appreciated. At this point, I would insert an account of Tony and son Thomas Myles weekend, but I do not have oneperhaps because it would be hard to top last years trip where Thomas shot a dear with his newly purchased rie, or it could be Dan's suppressed .270 (that's not that Tony is just an extremely busy, Dan in the photo...his horn's are not that big) hardworking Marlburian builder, like all It was looking like we were not going to see Marlburian builders (insert TUI add!) anymore. After communicating with Doug and didnt have the time to write something. on the radio and arranging to meet in about (I may have used the wrong email address half an hour. Suddenly some goats started Tony, if so, I apologise in advanceperhaps appearing as they climbed back up to altitude, you could write a solo for the next magazine ve more added to our tally. Then a large mob no pressure :-) I believe they both had a great of about 20 appeared nearly 800 yards away, weekend. where we had just come from@#$%! So back to Dan and Iwe set off up the ridge another time! just past where we left Julian and Jacob. It Saturday evening we all got together to trade was only about 15 minutes before we came war stories, argued the merits of various across a mob of seven goats sitting down on calibres and the accuracy of various rearms the sunny side of a small saddle. After getting over a few quiets, and as we are all experts into good positions, we opened up on them, there wasnt much agreement, so these working our way down from the largest billies, discussions will continue next time I am (Dan generally takes the rst shot, as he has sure the suppressed .270 and I the unsuppressed BAR .270). Two goats managed to escape over Sunday saw Dan and I head up Upcot Stream the other side of the saddle, so when I stood where Rodger had culled a few goats on up to follow them around I noticed another Saturday. Doug indicated that there were a mob directly below us coming to see what all couple of big stags and some pig sign in the the fuss was aboutbad decision by them! area, conditions were great, but alas we did After what seemed like about 15 minutes not to come across them. We managed to get of chasing them around the immediate area another ve goats, a couple at near on 300 the nal head count got to 16 with 3 or 4 yards and the others at less than 20 yards. disappearing from sight. We got back to the shearers quarters around 3.00pm, Doug was still there being camp We gathered some meat for the mother, most of the others had already left. freezer, and rather than carry it the Final tally for the weekend was 85 goats and a rest of the day we dropped it back couple of rabbits, with six deer sighted. down low in the frost to pick up later. We saw only a couple more goats I know I can speak for all that went on the trip, during the middle part of the day it was an awesome weekend, perfectly timed of which we got one. There was a for great weather in what has been a very large scree slope that in the summer wet winter. Everyone got on well and enjoyed would be an easy sidle to get across themselves thoroughly, so many thanks to to the next ridge that led down to Doug for organising it and to Bill Stevenson, the Boyces Hut, but as it was frozen the landowner, for allowing us to rid him of we had to climb over and around. some unwanted pests. Trev surveying the ridge ahead. Castle River valley in the background

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View from Carkeek


Lining UP again nEXT YEaR!
B y R i c h a rd O D r is c o l l , Wa i ra ra p a Bra n c h View down upper Waiohine Flats from Carkeek Ridge It was snowing on Mt Ruapehu as we drove south from our annual summer holiday at Turangi. The weather didnt look ash and I thought for sure that it would be my third cancelled DA y-in trip. Even though there was a phone message from Duncan at lunchtime saying it was all go I didnt really believe it until we were all getting our safety brieng at Amalgamated Helicopters at 5.30pm. After all, it was still pouring down as we drove through Pahiatua at 4.00pm! But miraculously the weather cleared and we were on our way. We may have been a few kilos over-weight, but JD didnt blink too hard and we were soon airborne. After ve minutes in that magic carpet that is a helicopter, Phil and I were dropped off at Arete Hut with our packs. It is scarcely believable for someone used to doing it the hard way - one minute chatting in the car park, the next at 1300 metres looking west out over Kapiti. After a few quick happy snaps, Jarred and Steve were off to Carkeek with most of the gear, where Phil and I planned to join him after traversing the tops. Phil and I chucked our gear into the Arete Hut and headed out for an evening hunt. We headed north up the ridge towards the Sika Saddle and were soon glassing the headwaters of the Mangahao River to the west and Arete Stream to the east. It was a magic clear crisp night, but no deer were about, and the sign was limited to a couple of oldish prints on the sidle track near the toilet. We got back to the hut at 10.00pm and had a big fry-up of Phils prime steak. Arete was a tidy lit tle hut, not the dog box bivvy I expected. The wind must have started about 2.00am and by the time the alarm went at 5.00am it was howling norwester and we were completely clagged in. I dont mean to alarm you, said Phil, but it might pay to put all the high-points into the GPS! So I dug out the E-trex and soon we were on our way. Turns out Phil and I were a perfectly matched team he was slow uphill and I was slow downhill. Despite this we made steady progress up Lancaster and onto Thompson, but the wind was biting and there were certainly no thoughts of hunting. Hard to imagine how the old cullers did this in only an old Japura coat with no modern technology to guide the way! By the time we hit Carkeek it had started to clear a little, so we dragged the binoculars out of the pack. Our frequent rest stops became glassing stops and we could claim to be hunting. As we dropped down the ridge the upper Waiohine Flats became visible in the mist and Phil announced he could see a deer high up in the valley. He has much better eyes than me, because it was an age before I could follow his directions and actually see the stag in the leatherwood. It was a nice animal with 6- to 8- points and we watched it for 15 minutes until it disappeared into the leatherwood gut for good. I was rapt Id actually seen a deer on the Tararua tops. Five minutes later Id seen two as Phil spotted a hind on a grass terrace further down the ats. As they were both at least a kilometre away and most of that straight down they were safe from us! A glimpse of the Carkeek Hut toilet at the bottom of the ridge provided incentive and with the thought of one of Nans homemade peanut brownies in mind we scrambled up and down the last steep bits. We eventually rolled into the hut at 2.00pm
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to nd Steve asleep with the re roaring and the hut deer hanging in the meat safe. Steve had seen stag in the top of the Waiohine from the chopper after they had dropped us off, seen a hind that evening, and then spotted the hind on the slip below the hut at the end of his morning bush hunt. A great start and at least the team wouldnt be blanked. The cup of tea and brownies were as good as anticipated, and with the wind howling and the clag coming in again the hut was the place to be. I was contemplating an evening walk, but after the third beer and a huge feed of chops and potatoes that idea lacked any appeal, so after listening to the rubbish on the 8.00pm radio schedule and talking some ourselves, we had an early night. The wind stopped and the rain started during the night, and I was the only one making it out the door at 6.00am. I headed down the ridge towards Park Forks for a kilometre and then dropped over the Park River side 100 metres or so and started to sidle back towards the hut. I


Phil heading up Thompson

least 400 metres from the deer when we got there and without a range-nder and with the animals partly obscured in the leatherwood it wasnt a shot either of us wanted to make. Now I can understand why some guys have special longrange ries. After watching for another 30 minutes and with the wind gusting straight down we decided to Carkeek Hut come round from the other side and went up and over Carkeek peak. When we got to where we wanted to go down it looked very soon hit a good game trail with different and we couldnt see the deer. We great sign and I went into super stealth mode. waited 45 minutes and there was still no sign, Unfortunately the wind was gusting round a but after some debate about whether they were bit and despite high expectations I didnt see just bedded down or whether they had got our or spook anything. About 9.00am the mist wind and disappeared, we decided that there started to clear and the sun streaked into the were easier deer and headed back up the ridge. goblin forest. Bush hunting lost its appeal and I headed back to the hut. We stopped in the saddle between the two high points on Carkeek ridge about 6.00pm Phil was out hunting the bush on the Waiohine and started to glass. We had only been there side when I got back and Steve was chopping ve minutes when Steve muttered, Yes! rewood. I had a quick cuppa and then headed Hed seen a icker with his naked eye and up to the knob above the hut to glass. Steve the binoculars revealed a hind emerging from joined me about 11.30 am and said, Ive made the bush. Lets get down there quick before a picnic, lets go for a good look-around. So shes out in the open, Steve said and we we headed up the ridge in the warm sunshine. were off. The rst 200 metres was in plain Stopping on the high point half way up Carkeek view but were made it down into a small gully Ridge we looked down into the bottom of out of sight. A quick glance showed the hind Waiohine Flats and Steve quickly found a head-down with her bum facing us and Steve hind sunning herself across the river from the gave me a big grin and thumbs up. Only 100 terrace where Phil and I had spotted one the metres unsighted to a shooting position she day before. She was in a great place and would was as good as ours. Wrong we both felt have been difcult to approach from the river. the gust of wind hit our backs as we got down She was still there when we walked back six the gully and were rapidly chambering rounds. hours later! Steve got to the knob rst in time to see two It was now hot, so after a sandwich I stretched rumps disappearing into the bush. The if onlys out in the sun and had a nap. Steve reckoned it started and we quickly decided we should have was too warm to sleep so he kept looking. He taken the long way instead of the direct route. woke me at 3.00pm with the news hed found Still there was two hours of light left and we another deer. What a guy he nds deer for headed a bit further down the ridge to glass you when you sleep! As we watched one spiker another bush edge. I decided Id head down became two and it was an easy decision to and get into a shooting position before anything head towards them even though they were on appeared so went down about 300 metres the side of a nasty steep gully. so the bush edge was all within range. Steve Our initial plan was to get down to the rocky stayed on the ridge. My plan was to sit until outcrop above them and shoot from there. dark and Steves last words were that he would However it was at have a quick look over the other side and hed be back at the hut before dark. Nothing appeared in front of me, but I swear I heard a fawn call and even looked around to see if it was Steve trying to get my attention. I headed back on dark and met Phil outside the hut at 9.45pm. No sign of Steve. After a quick debrief we decided to hang a light on the toilet that would be visible from up the ridge and give him a bit longer to appear. I decided that Steve must have got a deer, and was delighted to be proved right 30 minutes later when we nally saw a headlight coming down the ridge.
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A shattered and bloodied Steve chucked a set of hindquarters on the chopping block and gave us a quick account of how hed spied a hind lying down at the bottom of a steep ridge, taken a couple of photos, shot her, and then had a mission in the leatherwood to get down there and back up with the meat. A feed of schnitzel and mashed potato and a couple of VBs soon had Steve in a slightly better frame of mind and we hit the bunks after a long and successful day when wed seen 7 deer between us. Another clear morning when I looked out at 5.00am Monday, so I grabbed the rie and headed up the ridge again. A cold southeast wind was blowing, but conditions were ideal and I was surprised I didnt see anything in three hours of looking from all the vantage points. Perhaps JD was right and it was a couple of weeks too early for the deer to be up high. Steve had mentioned hed left the shoulders from his hind on a bush where hed shot her and I tried to get down there and recover the meat. I wasnt even game to get down the rocky ridge to where he had shot from, let alone get over the side, so I could well understand the mission hed had the previous evening. When I got back at 9.00am the others were just nishing boning out the venison. I had a quick look on the hut slip (nothing again) and then we had a massive brunch of steak and eggs to try and get the weight down for the trip out at least that was the theory. Dining was interrupted when Steve was attacked by a giant ichnumen wasp, which later posed for a photo on his hat. After a good clean-up we were ready on the heli-pad at 11.00am. Some happy trampers will no doubt be delighted to nd the half-dozen beers and tin of fruit we left! JD buzzed in to pick us up at 12.15pm and we had a scenic ight back to Holdsworth checking out various slips on the way. I actually felt better about my mornings failure when we didnt spook out any deer from all the favoured possies. We heard in the de-brief back at Phils that another two groups had been successful with Lee getting an 8-pointer at Cow Creek and Graham shooting one at Totara Flats; so all in all a pretty good weekend for Wairarapa Deerstalkers. Ill denitely be lining up again next year!

Ichnumen wasp

Sunday morning in the bush below Carkeek Hut



B y A l a n K e r r is k , Ta ra n a k i Bra n c h While returning from a Wanaka roar trip back in Easter, ideas were bandied around by our secretary for a return trip into the Leatham Conservation Block. His accounts of many game sighting opportunities with some successful recoveries by members from previous trips, aroused my interest greatly. In the months which followed it all came together. Allan and I along with our patron Horrie Hayman, departed from Taranaki for a weeks hunting in this part of Nelson with the intention of heading up the Branch River and using Greigs Hut as our base. This was the rst time that I had ventured to the South Island in the spring. Everything looked so green on the drive down with snow glistening from the tops of some spectacular distant peaks. We turned off from the Wairau Valley and headed in on the dusty metaled Leatham road. The only concern our driver (Allan C) had at this stage was just how deep the water level at the Leatham fording place might be. After some deliberation once there and verbal assurances from him that he could at least see the rocks at the bottom we buckled up and barreled on through! From here to Greigs Hut, some 14 km on, the 4WD road crossed numerous small creek beds with narrow eroded banks and large projecting rocks. It was reassuring to know we had a vehicle up to the task here - and a competent driver! Scrub covers most of the terrain in the lower reaches on the drive in as extensive areas were cleared for grazing and pastoral farming in years gone by. We reached our base by early afternoon and after unpacking, enjoyed a welcome brew. Allan took the opportunity here to dispatch a sick looking possum seen wandering aimlessly across the grass outside - with a hammer! Later that afternoon, we drove to the end of a narrow 4WD track climbing steeply to the beginning of a ridge running up to Mt Morris. Walking along this rocky ridge gave us commanding views into the scrubby clearings of upper Greigs Creek below. Glassing was good with the sun behind us, and it wasnt long before we spotted some goats, then two Red deer browsing, but at a range of

700 metres from our position; they were safe for now. As the sun went down behind Scotts Knob, we heard and saw some black pigs moving down into cover by the creek below. All up, we counted eleven animals seen! It was after dark when we got back to camp, not helped by the fact that we spent time on the return dealing to some encroaching windfalls with a chainsaw! Track clearing is productive work and we enjoyed our evening meal and brew much, much later. Unlike mountaineering excursions, there was no urgency here to arise at sparrow fart the next morning something I could get really used to! Having plenty of time to discuss and plan the days activities is always a bonus. We made use of our time to collect, cut and stack a heap of rewood from the dry brush in the scrub nearby. Topomaps and detailed photos of the general area displayed prominently inside the hut, provided a wealth of valuable information. It was more of the same again that afternoon. No deer were spotted this time but some goats moving down from a side valley were worth a closer look. We left Horrie back on the ridge and traversed across to a spot where we could glass clear up to the top of Mt Morris. Unfortunately nothing chamois-like was seen when we got there and with the sun not far from the horizon, we agreed to head back. We stopped more than once while returning to capture images of some striking back lighting on Scotts knob across the valley. Exploring up Greigs Creek was an appealing prospect the next afternoon, after having given the anks of Mt Morris a good work over. Our packs were comfortably lighter not having to carry full water bottles. A striking waterfall dropping some 2-3 metres from a cleft halfway up this valley provided interesting photo opportunities and a welcome break for a few minutes. Something with a chamois like appearance browsing in the scrub above us at one point, caught our attention for a brief moment. The binos conrmed it to be just another goat! By 3.00pm and after walking for two and a half hours, we had reached our turn-around point. From here we could see up to the ridge

and almost to the spot at which we were yesterday. It was time to stop and eat. We let Horrie rest up a little longer over lunch while the two of us struck up river further hoping to come onto some likely clearings. It didnt open out as expected, so we returned and all began heading back. It was after dark and aided by headlamps for the last hour we nally made it back inside Greigs Hut. As forecast, there was a change in the weather. Some light rain was heard during the night but had passed through by morning. It was calm with high cloud overhead and looking like it might clear off. The plan for the day was to return along the ridge track on Mt Morris. We cleared back some of the windfall branches as we went, looking out for any possible route down the sides to the valley oor below. We didnt like the look of a line of bluffs below and agreed that our options were very limited here. The few animals we saw were even further away than last time and again, we plodded back. Leaving Horrie behind to explore on his own next morning, the two of us set off along a trail up Scott Stream. I regretted only bringing my heavy eece clothing along for this trip and had nothing much lighter to wear. As we broke cover from the bush near the stream, we began to warm up considerably. The valley narrowed, the gradient increased and we sweated our way up over river boulders, through bracken fern, and across some broad loose scree slides. We made use of a small patch of native bush some three hours in, taking advantage of the welcome shade and cooler temperatures within to stretch out and enjoy lunch. There was more snow as we followed the stream itself into the bottom of this alpine valley. While resting under the shade of some pines, we spotted two chamois browsing on vegetation below snow covered bluffs well above us on the opposite side of the valley. It was game on! They were less than 500 metres away, and probably had an eye on us already. Between us and these animals lay a short open area to the stream. Once across this we could use the cover of pines to close the distance some
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hundred metres or so. So we duly set off. We crept stealthily to the top edge of the trees. Carefully parting back branches at ground level, we were not at all surprised to see one of the animals looking directly at us their eyesight is phenomenal! The second animal was heading quietly away some distance further back. Although Allan did not have the best of positions for taking a shot, at some 340 metres, he was keen to give it a go. The chamois was still standing after his shot but not for long I was hoping, as I then scrambled to position my gun across a low lying branch. My shot was off target too and sent the chamois scampering across a snow covered tussock slope and out of view to our right. We set off up adjacent spurs to the spot where the chamois had stood. Near this position, I took a break and looking up and across to my right, spotted two chamois atop a small ledge looking down on me some 400 metres beyond. One was side on, so gured it was worth a shot. I whistled to Allan below that I was going to take a shot at one of them. I quickly removed my pack and placed it across some low scrub. I aimed high just on the backbone and let off one shot nothing happened instantly, but both animals turned slowly and disappeared from the edge of the tussock ledge. I watched all this through my rie scope and felt a bit disappointed that maybe my shot had gone high. As I was unsure, I told Allan I would go and investigate to see if any blood trail was evident. The climb was up snow covered tussock slopes. There were rm patches here at 3.30pm as the sun was off the slopes. As I kicked my way up the slope, I wished I had my ice axe for support instead of my rie butt. Passing by another gut, a young chamois bounded across the narrow gap just as I looked left. I eventually made the top and discovered a highway of hoof prints heading through a narrow ledge and up onto the broad snow covered neve above, but no blood trail they had gone! I made my way cautiously down again joining Allan at the creek below for
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some much needed refreshments and a litre or two of cool water! It was after 5.00pm before we set off down valley and just made it back to base by dark. Horrie had spent a leisurely day back up Greigs Creek searching for some colourful ornamental garden stones to add to his existing collection. Our nal afternoon here saw us all back up on the Mt Morris track. Again leaving Horrie at his favourite perch, the two of us headed across to our vantage point where we could view down into the clearings just above the creek. The chamois had beaten us, but we were ready for a blast at whatever emerged 500 metres + or more below us. We didnt have to wait long when we spotted two black pigs with a couple of suckers making their way down. This time it was Allans turn and he red on what we thought was the boar. The pig turned and headed down. In the confusion, I counted with the binos; as many as six young suckers scattering in all directions! We will never know if Allans second and parting shot at the boar was effective or not, as it followed the others quickly into cover. That was to be the end of our hunting on this trip as we packed up and headed out the next morning. Before reaching Picton, we took a look in at the Omaka Aviation Museum in Blenheim and unanimously agreed that value for money it, was equal to or better than the Wanaka Air Show we were witness to back in April. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Allan and Horrie for letting me join them on this trip. I am relatively new to this type of activity, but sure gained much pleasure and knowledge from listening to their comments and advice when needed. At the end of each day we talked and laughed long and hard about some of the antics and daring deeds performed by these two in days gone by, and about those they have been with before. With experience comes knowledge, and with age comes wisdom. Our patron and secretary are both knowledgeable and wise in the ways of the world and hunting. It was a memorable experience for me and I feel privileged to have been part of it all.


Norma Oryx Norma Vulkan Norma Soft Point


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DEaLing wiTH oBSTRUcTionS on LEgaL RoadS

By Brian Stephenson, New Zealand Walking Access Commission Board member.
Of all the access disputes dealt with by the Commission, obstructions on legal roads are one of the most common. These can range from fences and locked gates to deep ditches, crop elds and overgrown foliage. In some cases an obstruction or impediment to access is the result of a lack of maintenance by the local council, while in others it is due to lack of knowledge on the part of an adjoining landholder. Under the Local Government Act 1974, landholders are permitted to put swing gates across legal roads, provided they have council approval, the gates arent locked and the gates are signposted to indicate that they are accessible and across a public road. This situation is rare on formed roads, but is more common on unformed legal roads in rural New Zealand. This exibility in the Local Government Act is designed so that public rights of access and effective control of stock can co-exist. Access should not be affected where landholders have council approval for a swing gate and it is unlocked and well signposted. Unfortunately, there are instances where obstructions on legal roads are less benign. If you come across a road that has an obstruction we recommend that you rst ask the landholder in question to remove it. If your request is unsuccessful, your local district or city council should be able to assist. Roads are vested in these councils, and it is their responsibility under the Local Government Act to uphold public rights of access on legal roads. Another possibility is that the road you want to use has become impassable, owing to overgrown foliage, erosion or lack of maintenance. Roads are public land. They are not part of any adjoining title, so it will again be up to the council to remedy the situation. This may not be possible if the problem is erosion, as an unformed legal road has xed boundaries. For further information on this topic, we recommend that you read theUnformed legal roads FAQ sheeton our website. If you encounter an obstruction and the council is unable to resolve the issue, the Commissions regional eld advisor for your area will be happy to talk with you.


Arthur Golding August 1931 February 2013

Arthur Golding joined NZDA in 1953. He was working in Wellington as an apprentice cabinet maker. A chance meeting one day with John Henderson and Ian Wright, Wellington Branch was all it took to persuade Arthur that NZDA was for him. Arthur had grown up in Blenheim, the youngest of 13 children he'd always had the outdoors spirit in him, and as a young teenager had spent many hours in the hills at the back of Blenheim with his mates. Arthur still remembered the rst deer he shot a Red hind shot as a 13 or 14 year-old and the trip home with the deer draped over his and a mate's push bikes. Arthur spent the rst few years at the Wellington Branch learning the ropes and it wasnt long before he became a committee member, spending the next six years deeply involved with the activities of the club, in particular range shooting. In this eld Arthur excelled and quickly rose through the ranks as one of the noted competitors. In 1962 Arthur and his wife, Rae moved to Auckland were they transferred to the NZDA Auckland Branch and again it wasnt long before Arthur was on the committee helping and assisting with club activities. He spent more than 14 years on the Auckland Branch committee, three of those as the branch president. During the 1970s he spent a couple of years on the NZDA National Executive, during which time he helped set up the Mountain Safety Council model which eventually became the NZMSC. His knowledge of rearms, and their workings found him working with the forensic court and validation work on several occasions. He became a noted gunsmith. A branch life member of the Auckland NZDA for over 20 years, he spoke highly of comradeship and friendship some of the great men that have made NZDA what it is today.


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This research project has these key features:

ZERo ToLERancE To UnaUTHoRiSEd HUnTing

Hunters are reminded that they need to have current hunting permits to hunt in Department of Conservation areas. DOC staff will be out and about checking to ensure hunters have current hunting permits. This year we are taking a zero tolerance approach to those hunting illegally in DOC areas. Hunters who do not have the required permits to hunt on DOC land will be sent away. In some cases legal action may follow. DOC hunting permits do not give a hunter the right to access or hunt on private property, and it is the responsibility of each hunter to identify the boundaries of the conservation land. Hunting permits are very easy to get they are available online at http://huntingpermits.doc.govt.nz For those not able to access the internet, just call into your nearest DOC ofce and staff will assist you. The DOC website also provides maps and the most up to date information. Always positively identity your target and when hunting with a companion, cease hunting if visual contact with that companion is lost and do not resume hunting until visual contact has been made and conrmed. A wise hunter will wear high visibility clothing that contrasts with the environment including game in that environment. Spotlighting is illegal on conservation land, and DOC staff and Police will be continuing to monitor this activity on conservation land through the hours of darkness. People planning a trip into the back country are reminded about the current re risks. Open res are not permitted; however, you may use gas burners for cooking. Safety and prevention are key factors in seeing everyone enjoys the season and our great outdoors.

It rstly examines the relationship between how people use hunting ries in the eld and the type/make of rearm being used. Secondly, this project seeks to explore the membership of hunting and rearm-related organisations to start an examination of how much inuence training provided by these organisations is having on how rearms are used whilst hunting is being undertaken. Lastly, the research project is going to use this survey as an opportunity to gather more data about hunting in general to supplement previous and upcoming research on recreational hunting in New Zealand. This study is designed to feed directly back into the rearms/ hunting community. An executive summary of the ndings will be made available at the conclusion of the research project. The feedback will be either directly through the Fishnhunt website on the forum or through a link to a downloadable pdf le. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. There are no foreseeable risks associated with this project. However, if you feel uncomfortable answering any questions, you can withdraw from the survey at any point. All information entered into this survey is condential with no way to link any responses to individuals as it is a completely anonymous process.

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact through forum PM or contact Dr Guil Figgins 03 473 0304; guil. ggins@gmail.com or Chaz Forsyth, 03 473 8317; forsyths@clear. net.nz Please open the survey by opening the following link: http:// questionpro.com/t/AJN6nZOTP9

AiR NEw ZEaLand REVERSES dEciSion on cHaRging EXTRa foR fLYing REcREaTionaL fiREaRMS oVERSEaS.
Soon after Air New Zealand imposed a surcharge upon passengers who wished to travel overseas, several questions were asked of Air New Zealand by those affected. (These charges started to $120.00 to Australia and were increased for travel to more distant destinations.) Largely as a result of these enquiries, Air New Zealand reviewed its position and decided not to implement this surcharge, effective early March. Air New Zealand is to be commended for its response to these concerns.

WHiTEBaiTing SEaSon 2013

The whitebait season is open between 15 August and 30 November (inclusive) in all areas of New Zealand except the West Coast of the South Island and the Chatham Islands. The season runs between 1 December to the last day of February (inclusive) in the Chatham Islands. The taking of whitebait at all other times is prohibited. Fishing is only permitted between 5 am and 8 pm OR between 6 am and 9 pm when New Zealand Daylight For more information check out: http://www.doc.govt. nz/publications/parks-and-recreation/activities/shing/ whitebaiting/whitebait-regulations-all-nz-except-westcoast/aving is being observed.

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B y H o wa rd E g a n , Wa ira ra p a Bra n c h I wrote this story decades ago. Its focus is on the very important Tuhoe ethic of this remote central Urewera area. I think that ethic is similarly strong today. Straddling the broadest part of the North Island, the Urewera forms a natural barrier between the east coast and the Rotorua/Taupo region, a barrier which since old times has supported scattered communities of Maoris. The barrier was intensied by the Maoris themselves who learnt by bitter experience that strangers generally meant danger, and thus the Urewera hinterland remained for a longtime scarcely inuenced by European, trade, or missionary inuence. Thus there gradually grew a tradition of a hostile people hidden in the fastnesses of the Urewera, a people who interpreted outside contact as a menace to their security and wellbeing. In modern times there is one tribal settlement where roads are only just penetrating and where access is by the same means that once characterised the whole of the Urewera a rough track through the bush usable only by men on foot or horseback. The foothills of Maungapohatu (the rocky mountain) were once of good pasture, now gradually going back to bracken and scrub. At the time of the great Tuhoe chief Rua, the locality supported a large well tended village complete with school, post ofce and hospital. With the growth of the timber industry in the area and the resultant work for transporters, timber workers etc, the inaccessible village has become almost deserted, and the houses are only visited periodically by their absentee owners. It was to this relic of Ruas period that Roly, Clive and myself, with Vic my duck shooting mate from Northland, returned at Labour Weekend. With the exception of Vic who was on his rst stalking trip, we had all visited the Pa before. We knew that it was one of the few parts of the Urewera where we could still count on seeing large numbers of deer. We knew though that access to the Whakatane part of the Urewera had been blocked by the Maori owners over the past season.

Meeting house, Maungapohatu (and the young author)

With that, and as our letter to the headman had gone unanswered, coupled with the fact that milling interests were just completing a road into the general area, we were not at all sure of what awaited us at Maungapohatu. After enquiring fruitlessly at Ruatahuna early on Saturday morning, for the locals who were known to us, we commenced the walk in. This twelve mile trek, with packs up, across typical Urewera hills had not got any easier than I remembered from three years before. We all found some of the climbs over Main street, Maungapohatu the second part of the journey pretty tough. I was a bit relieved when a valid excuse for a rest occurred as we spotted a hind

feeding on an open hillside, just as we reached the outskirts of the cleared Pa area. We stopped now, partly because we didnt like to shoot without having rm approval to be there, but also because a main reason for our trip was game photography. Both Roly and Clive are keen photographers and both their efforts have been seeing some competitive success. Roly too, had just bought an Exakta camera with telephoto lenses, which he was eager to try out. We spent some time watching the hind, while Roly went thru the lengthy process of rigging up his camera and focussing. During that whole time the hind remained blissfully unaware of our presence. When ready, we had to whistle several times before the old hind pricked up her ears, stared at us for long seconds, and bolted. Like all the deer we were to see over the weekend, she was very scraggy of coat and heavily in fawn. During our walk on down to a river before the nal climb up the Pa slopes above Ruas old house, we passed another hind wandering along a track, and then a pair of Paradise duck. We walked up Maungapohatus main earth street, reminiscent of a scene from some Wild West lm, to meet our friend. Currently he divides his time between Maungapohatu and Ruatahuna, and had been living at the Pa for the last month or two. Although we were greeted cordially, it was soon obvious that conditions in the area had changed, and we were told of a meeting of the Maori landowners in the Whakatane river area which had banned hunting. This would bar us from future hunting. Once this had been made plain to us, and we accepted it, we
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On Ruas track.

were given free reign of the clearings for the weekend. Our friend conrmed the deer were in good numbers with the onset of good Spring growth. After resting and cooking a meal, we went off for an evening stalk in good spirits. Still feeling the effects of the long walk in, I was content to take Vic for a wander around the bush edges above the Pa. We should see deer, and hopefully shoot one. Sure enough, just on dark we spotted two hinds off a scrubby slope a couple of hundred yards away. Although the deer seemed wary, I thought we could probably stalk closer, and Vic did not seem condent of hitting them at longer range. I explained how we would go about the stalk and we set off down a gully in copy-book style. Needless to say, there was no sign of the quarry when we reached point B. I felt that my reputation had suffered a blow, especially when we returned to camp to nd that Clive had shot an eight point stag from a bunch of ve stags and two hinds he had seen well down the Pa. Sunday morning saw us out of bed at daybreak, and while the cook was performing, I could see at least a dozen deer through the binos, feeding around the slopes across the river. We set off together then, knowing that we would see plenty of game. In fact we watched two hinds within shooting distance all the way down to the river. Targeting photographs, we paused to watch the two deer, but they proved faster than Rolys technique with the new camera. But then we saw two or three small groups of deer, and a big black sow which worked steadily across a couple of gullies towards us. This really tested my own will-power as I seldom see pigs. After carrying on to the top of the Pa slopes we separated to cover the top ridges, having decided to do some
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shooting. Vic and I worked along a ridge towards two deer we had seen through the glasses. We hadnt gone far when we came to an area churned up as if by a bulldozer. We kept our eyes peeled for pigs. Further along the ridge I heard movement in the bush below us, so signalled to Vic a few yards behind. A Red stag came into view only about twenty feet below. His head, neck and shoulders were outlined perfectly as I sighted, and I was surprised to see he still carried last years light antlers. A young stag. I held my re, but although the stag moved on towards Vic, his body was screened by trees below the track. Vics best chance for the weekend was lost. We followed the ridge and met Clive who spoke of crossing just the wrong saddle to walk into the midst of a bunch of ten startled deer. While we talked over the mornings events, a ash of black thru the second growth was all that I saw of a good pig making its getaway to the neighbouring bush. Bugger. After our leisurely return to the village for a meal, we wandered over to the marae and lay in the sun talking over various aspects of the Pa, trips we had made, and our fears as to the future of the area as regards stalking. From our vantage point we could look along the granite sided ridges of Maungapohatu to see the clay scars of the new road only a mile or two away. Its not hard to foresee that once the road reaches the village and milling begins, the easy access thus provided for weekend

hunters, will result in tremendous pressure on the game animal resource. These feelings were strengthened when we thought back to the twelve hunters already camped around Ruatahuna when we arrived. All to hunt in the blocks adjacent to the Waikaremoana Road. In such a frame of mind we strolled rather wistfully around the Pa, looking at the evidence of the old-time tribal habitation; the Partakes and intricate rafter design of the meetinghouse; the semi-decayed pigeon trap still hanging near one of the houses: these all spoke of a fading era perhaps to be completely destroyed by the approaching road and its attendant inux of European inuence to the area. Dawn of our nal day saw heavy cloud over the whole Maungapohatu area with visibility down to less than a hundred yards. As we left the hut for a nal stalk which we knew was really pointless, the words of our Maori friend rang in our ears. When a stranger comes to Maungapohatu, the spirits will guard their mountain from his eyes. Sure enough, although we covered the same ground as on the previous morning, conditions were hopeless. Clive was the only one to shoot a deer. Our weekends experiences among the villages many interesting sights; the large amount of game we had seen, and the photographs secured; all made us well content as we sweated up the steep hills out of the Pa in the rst stages of the long walk out of our favourite Urewera spot. What would be its future?

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B y R a y W W e b b (N a t i o n a l A HT J u d g e / D o u g l a s S c o r e C o o rd i n a t i n g Tu t o r) Of our four species big game horned animals found in New Zealand the one that poses the most difculty for our Douglas Score (DS) measurers is the feral wild sheep. It is not unheard of to see a disparity of three DS points between several measurers. This could mean a trophy scored at 69 DS missing out on inclusion in the record book (qualifying score 70) when its actual score is 72 DS! Although it is not uncommon to strike unusual horn growth on the inside of ram horns, when measuring the girth, it is the length measurement where these huge differences occur. There is an excellent photo in the DS handbook showing how that particular style of wild sheep horn is measured. It is quite similar to horns I have taken in our local Waipori Gorge and Waianakarua Scenic Reserves in that they normally possess a prominent leading ridge or rib a little similar to that of a set of tahr or goat horns. In this case it is obvious where the length measurement would be taken. However our feral wild sheep population is an incredibly diverse lot and their horns take up a multitude of forms. The sketches below show proles of a cross section through just a few of these different horn shapes. (a) A merino found dead in the Lammerlaw Range; (b) a wild sheep from the Lammermoor Range; (c) a wild sheep from the Waianakarua Scenic Reserve; and (d) a ram from Pitt Island. The arrow indicates where these horns should be measured. It is obvious from these sketches that if you fail to follow the correct path with your tape you will not be giving the horns the benet of their natural curvature, ie as you would a tine on a set of deer antlers. Remember that in effect you are measuring around the circumference of an 8 or 9 inch diameter circle for one to two curls so any deviation from the raised part of the horn results in a magnied discrepancy. Unlike the example shown in the Douglas Score handbook there is often no obvious commencement (or nish) point where the horns meet the skull so several measurements will normally be required to obtain a correct and consistent horn length. The photograph above shows the position that the Pitt Island head taken by Frans Laas in 2011 (99 DS) should be measured, ie quite a different path to that shown in the handbook.


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WHY do I CaRE?
By Karl Pratter, Golden Bay Branch


The kids Swazi shoot was held on the 17th of February at Adrian McIntyres property in Waikoikoi. There was a good turnout of young kids to have a crack at the targets and enjoy some good BBQ food and a get together with other members of the club.

Why do I care What falls from the air Its because of the 1080 drops That I despair. The twigs and tweeters Give me the jitters They only care for critters That go tweet tweet tweet. We can only hope that some day DOC will give up the dope That they are being fed By the greens and the reds. I love this land From end to end From east to west Because I know it best. I love this land for ever more Till the day when I am no more.

Jo Pepper, Megan Lowe and Hannah Hinton taking home some nice Swazi gear that was donated by Swazi. The Gore Branch would like to thank Swazi for their sponsorship of this great event for the kids. Thanks Swazi!.


Our Swazi shoot was held on a very hot Sunday the 24th February at the Okato Range. Six juniors lined up with 10 rounds off elbows at 24 metres at the rabbit target, then 10 rounds at 50 metres off a pack at 100 metre metric targets. They all shot pretty well with honours going to Olivia Ryder with 164.3; 2nd Callus Foley 162.6; 3rd Olivia Michel 149.3; then Nathan Foley 143.1; Lyndon Foley 140 and Bailey Ryder 80. Congratulations to all the juniors who competed and a big thank you to Davie Hughes and Swazi for their continued support of junior shooitng. Thanks also to Simon Gillice for his words of wisdom and encouragement to the juniors.

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C h a z Fo rsy t h , N a t i o n a l Exe c u t iv e M e m b e r

Although introduced in 1962, this cartridge underwent gestation over much of the rst half of the twentieth century, so in the view of this writer, is a 1950s cartridge. Whatever, it is one of the roaring successes for Remington, much as the .243 was for Winchester. Descended from a long line of 7 mm sporting factory cartridges, putative military chamberings and wildcats going back to 1906 (.280 Ross, and the .276 Eneld, in 1909, the .275 Belted Magnum (H&H), in 1911-12), the 7 mm magnums languished as the realities of the Great Depression began to bite during the 1930s in the USA, then a cradle for sporting cartridge development, although the .276 and .280 Dubiel offerings and two by P O Ackley appeared. Warren Page experimented with Art Mashburn's 7 mm Super Magnum wildcat during the 1950s, urging Remington to adopt the .300 H&H magnum necked and re-formed to 7 mm, but to no avail. Remington instead opted for Les Bowman's .338 Winchester magnum necked to 7 mm, and the rest is history. One of a rash of short magnum cartridges, meaning they would t through a standard length rie action capable of using the .270 Winchester and .30'06 length cartridges, and not requiring the magnum length actions demanded of the older .300 and .375 Holland and Holland magnums, certainly helped keep ries for the new 7 mm magnum affordable. The cartridge was immensely helped when in 1962; the Remington Model 700 rie was partnered with it blitzing the competition within ve years of its introduction. The competition had included such big performers as the 7 mm Weatherby Magnum, and the much rarer 7 x 61 Sharpe and Hart. Both of these cartridges, developed in the early 1950s, required more expensive ries (the Sharpe and Harte were offered only by Danish rie manufacturers Schultz and Larsen: Weatherby products, because of their smaller volume sales, would have been unable to match the unit cost of Remington's M700). Even in 1964, just two years after its introduction, the cartridge was rated as outstanding by the authors of Speer Manual No 6, although the Lyman one for 1967 (No 44) was more restrained, merely mentioning the cartridge, when loaded with a range of DuPont propellants, ...gave excellent accuracy with all jacketed bullets tested (page 54). Although developed as a hunting cartridge, the 7 mm Remington magnum has won at competition shooting, taking the 1,000 yard Wimbledon match in 1970. Its adoption by the US Secret Service counter sniping teams speaks for the condence which some place in its ability to deliver

From lef t; 7 mm Remington magnum, .270 Winchester, .30'06 Springfield, 7 x 61 Sharpe & Hart, 7.62 x 51 mm NATO. adequate precision with adequate power. So how does the 7mm Remington magnum compare with old stand-bys like the .270 Winchester? Pretty well, as a glance at any handloading manual will show. Even following the introduction of pressure testing facilities in most plants during the early 1970s, (this reduced the quoted velocities of handloads found in many handloading manuals by approximately 100 to 200 ft/seconds), the 7 mm Remington magnum continued to hold its velocity advantage against cartridges which it was compared, particularly the .270 Winchester, in the same barrel length. Case capacities run at approximately 62.5 63.7 grains of water for the .270 Winchester; 74.0 78.7 grains of water for the 7 mm Remington magnum. Accordingly, and with a bullet diameter difference of just 0.2 mm, and a case capacity difference between the two cartridges of roughly ten grains, it would be reasonable to expect more oomph per shot assuming similar pressure levels! The 7 mm calibre inspired many proprietary lines particularly during the 1980s and 1990s as Lazzeroni, Dakota, and North American Shooting Systems' (NASS) Canadian Magnum appeared. In the late 1990s another cluster of short magnums appeared, including a 7 mm Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum (7 mm Remington SAUM) and a 7 mm Winchester Short Magnum (7 mm WSM). These short magnums were developed on the .404 Jeffrey case, and instead of requiring action lengths suitable for the .270W and the .30'06 as before, would work through the actions originally designed for the .308W and the .243W. Although the Remington effort has faded commercially, there are a lot of the new 7 mm WSM around. They are far outnumbered in New Zealand by the 7 mm Remington magnum chambering, which some 50 years since its release, continues to dominate the longer range sport-shooting scene.

Barnes, F.C., (2003), Skinner, S. (Ed), Cartridges of the World, 10th Edition, Revised and Expanded. Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. Matunas, E., Norton, C., and Kilbourn, L. (1967), Lyman Reloading Handbook (44th Edition), Lyman Gun sight Corporation, Middleeld, Connecticut, USA. Speer (1964), Speer Reloading Manual #6, Speer Incorporated, Lewiston, Idaho, USA. Speer (2007), Speer Reloading Manual #14, Speer Bullets, Lewiston, Idaho, USA. Terminal Ballistics Research, 2007-2011, www.Ballisticstudies.com, downloaded 09/05/2013 Waters, K. (various dates 1966 1998), Pet Loads. Wolfe Publishing Co, Inc, Prescott, AZ, USA.


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http://doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/hunting/where-to-hunt/marlborough/south-marlborough-hunting/ The Nelson/Marlborough conservancy offers good opportunities for hunting. DOC administers approximately 55% of the 2.3 million hectares of land in Nelson and Marlborough. Red deer and goats can be found throughout the areas and Fallow deer in limited locations. Chamois frequent high altitude alpine and sub-alpine zones. Pigs are generally found around the forest margins and shrublands. Recreational hunters are recognised as playing an important role in controlling these animals within the conservancy.

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General information - The Northbank is a popular area for hunting pigs, goats and Red deer. Pigs and goats are found throughout in low to medium numbers, with Red deer generally limited to the Goulter catchment. The Northbank covers the south facing slopes of the main Mt Richmond Range, on the north bank of the Wairau River. It consists of steep river valleys, mixed beech and podocarp forest, and sub-alpine tussock and shrubland. In front of the Forest Park are large areas of production forestry. Hunting in these areas requires permission from Nelson Forests Ltd 03 543 8115. Access - Access is via the Northbank Road, turn off State Highway 6, 16 km north west of Blenheim. There are a number of unsealed access roads, easements through the production forests, leading to various valleys and tramping tracks. Map information - NZTopo50 BR26, BQ26, BQ27 Dogs - Dogs are allowed with a dog permit from the South Marlborough Area Ofce. Dogs are not permitted inside huts, but kennels are provided at many of the backcountry huts. Hut information - The backcountry huts in the area are: Fishtale Hut: standard, 4 bunks, mattresses, NZTopo50 BQ27, E1640799, N5411501 Fosters Hut: standard, 4 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BQ27, E1653505, N5413215 Lake Chalice Hut : standard, 8 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR26, E1626651, N5398178 Lower Goulter Hut: standard, 8 bunks, heating mattresses, NZTopo50 B26, E1614705, N593110


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code: 1. Plan your trip 2. Tell someone 3. Be aware of the weather 4. Know your limits 5. Take sufficient supplies


Pine Valley Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, Mid Goulter Hut: standard, 8 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 B25, E1619504, N5396708 mattresses, NZTopo50 BQ27, E1642098, B5406503 Mt Fell Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, Richmond Saddle Hut: standard, 8 bunks, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR26, E1622604, mattresses, NZTopo50 B26, E1631971, N5408581

LEaTHaM ConSERVaTion AREa (incLUding WYE RiVER)

Access to the Wye - There is a new tramping track being developed from the Leatham Road to the Hidden Hut at the top of the Wye River. The higher reaches of the valleys consist of mixed Alternatively, access may be available through private property via the Wye River. Access to the beech and podocarp or pure beech forests, with Gosling Stream is via Stronvar Station in the Upper alpine tussock tops, and scree slopes. The lower reaches are scrubby regenerating bush and wilding Waihopai Valley. pine. No prior permission is required to access the Leatham or Branch Roads. For Wye River and It is a popular hunting area, with Red deer, goats, Waihopai/Gosling - contact South Marlborough pigs and chamois (in low numbers). Pigs are Area Ofce. generally only found in the lower Branch Valley. General information - The Leatham Conservation Area covers the catchments of the Branch and Leatham Rivers. It is steep, rugged and rocky. Popular hunting spots include Scotts Creek in the Branch and Wild Sheep Creek in the Leatham. The Wye River ows from reserve areas adjoining the eastern side of the Leatham Conservation Area. Access to Leatham - There is good 4WD access into the area, when the rivers are in low ow. This is via the Leatham Road, which turns off State Highway 63, approximately 70 km west of Blenheim. It requires a high clearance, off-road 4WD vehicle and river crossing experience. Visitors need to take note of weather reports in advance as the rivers are not crossable when ows are medium to high, and the fords can be affected by ood events. River ow information can be accessed on the Marlborough District Council website. www.marlborough.govt.nz

mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1611206, N5386712 Barbers Hut : standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS26, E1614002, N5365319 Caves Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR26, E1615702, N5371616 Top Leatham Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1606803, N5353124 Top Gordon Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS26, E1615900, N5357721 Branch: Greigs Hut: standard, 14 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1608704, N5368318 Siberia Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1606204, N5363520 Branch Bivvy: basic/bivvy, 2 bunks, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1602904, N5354124 Bottom Misery Hut: standard, 6 bunks, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1604105, N5360022 Silverstream Bivvy: basic/bivvy, 2 bunks,
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Helicopter access - Some areas are not accessible by road or track. Helicopter operators must have a landing concession. Map information - NZTopo50 BR25, BR26, BS25, BS26 Dogs - Dogs are allowed with a dog permit from South Marlborough Area Ofce. Permission to take dogs through private property must be obtained from the landowners. Hut information The backcountry huts in the area are: Leatham: Boulder Forks Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR26, E1621130, N5373506 Bottom Gordon Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating,

mattresses, NZTopo50 BR25, E1603507, N5373181 Mid Silverstream Hut: standard, 5 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1603906, N5369619 Top Misery Hut: standards, 4 bunks heating,

mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1599207, N5363021 Lost Stream Bivvy: basic/bivvy, 2 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS25, E1601906, N5365020 Wye:

Hidden Hut: standard, 4 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR26, E1624500, N5379013 Turkeys Nest Bivvy; basic/bivvy, 2 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR26, E1626732, N5378263


General information - The Ferny Gair Conservation Area and Black Birch Reserve contain goats, pigs, Red deer and chamois (in low numbers). It is a mix of open dry tops with some tussock, scree slopes and steep valleys with regenerating bush and podocarp forest remnants. There are no WARO activities allowed in this area. Access - There is only limited access available, most of it through private land. Be advised that landowners are not required to provide access. Contact South Marlborough Area Ofce for more information. South side via the Awatere Valley Road 4WD access is available via Black Birch Observatory Road. Contact Frank Prouting, Black Birch Station, 03 575 7771 for the key to the gate. North side: Access is available up the Tummil River, Waihopai Valley. Contact Bernard Mason, 03 572 4803. There is a charge for this access. Some areas are not accessible by road or track. Helicopter operators must have a landing concession. Map information - NZTopo50 BR27, BR28 Dogs - Dogs are allowed with a dog permit from the South Marlborough Area Ofce. Permission to take dogs through private property must be obtained from the landowners. Hut information - The backcountry huts in the area are: Lake Alexander Hut: standard, 4 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR27 550 778, E 1655019 N 5377848 Penk Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR27, E1656790, N5373611 Omaka Bivvy: basic/bivvy, 2 bunks, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR28, E1662489, N5381907 Black Birch Bivvy: basic/bivvy, 2 bunks, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR28, E1668287, N5380607 Lake Alexander Hut (formerly Tummil Hut): standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BR27 550 778, E 1655019 N 5377848. The Tummil Hut shown on the topo maps has been relocated to the head of Lake Alexander and renamed Lake Alexander Hut.


General information - The Glazebrook Conservation Area consists of several blocks in the Upper Waihopai Valley. It also adjoins the eastern side of the Leatham Conservation Area. There are goats, pigs, Red deer and chamois (in low numbers) to be found in this area. Access - Access is through private land only, up the Waihopai, Spray and Avon Rivers. Some areas are not accessible by road or track. Helicopter operators must have a landing concession. Landholders - Contact South Marlborough Area Ofce for more information. Map information - NZTopo50 - BS26, BR27, BS27 Dogs - Dogs are allowed with a dog permit from the South Marlborough Area Ofce. Permission to take dogs through private property must be obtained from the landowners. Hut information - Blue Mountain Hut is in a small reserve area on Glazebrook Station. There is walking access via an easement through Glazebrook; however, access through Stronvar Station must still be obtained. Vehicle access is by landowner permission only.


General information - Red deer, goats, pigs and chamois are found in the reserve. However, chamois and pigs are in low numbers, and DOC carries out regular goat control, so goat numbers are maintained at low levels. The route through Sawcut Gorge is a popular day walk. Access - The most popular access is via the Waima (Ure) River, and through Blue Mountain Station. Hunters need to contact the Buicks at the station in advance. Visitors need to take note of weather reports in advance, as foot access up the river gorge is impassable in oods or freshes. Helicopter access - There are a number of Open hunting areas in Nelson/Marlborough Kahurangi National Park (including adjacent Public Conservation Land). Nelson Lakes National Park. Southern Abel Tasman National Park (including east/upper Takkakaw Reserves). Mt Richmond Forest Park (including adjacent Public Conservation Land). Marlborough Sounds Reserves. Murchison/St Arnaud Conservation Land/ Reserves (including Howard and Big Bush). South Marlborough Conservation Land/ Reserves (including Ferny Gairn/ Branch/ Leatham/Isolated Hill/Seaward Kaukauna Ranges/Reserves). Restricted hunting areas (by special permit) in Nelson/Marlborough Tittering and Clarence grazing lease. Current Basin, southern and Piping Farm Parks. Northern Abel Tasman National Park. Moles worth Station end of DUrville Island. Farewell Spit Nature Reserve. Marlborough Sounds Foreshore Reserves/ Pipi Beach/island reserves (except DUrville) and SW reserves of Arapawa (Ngaruru/ Ruamoko). Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku Scenic Reserve. huts and bivvys not accessible by road or track. Helicopter operators must have a landing concession. Landholders - Blue Mountain Station Buicks, 03 575 6729. Generally other neighbouring landowners do not allow access to Isolated Hill. Map information - NZTopo50 BS28 Dogs - Dogs are allowed in the reserve with a dog permit from the South Marlborough Area Ofce. Permission to take dogs through Blue Mountain Station must be obtained from the landowners. Permission will only be given with proof of current sheep measles vaccination. Hut information - The backcountry huts in the area are: Isolation Hut: standard, 6 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS28, E1681681, N5360910 Zoo Hut: standard, 4 bunks, heating, mattresses, NZTopo50 BS28, E1676781, N5358312 For information on Isolated Hill Bivvy, Brian Boru Bivvy or Napoleon Bivvy, contact South Marlborough Area Ofce. No hunting is allowed during periods of high public use from sunset on 22 December to sunrise on 9 February. Ote Makura Reserves, South Kaikoura. Canaan Scenic Reserve. Mt Burnett, NW Nelson Forest Park. Rotoiti Nature Recovery Area. Mt Uerau Nature Reserve, Seaward Kaikouras.

Closed hunting areas in Nelson/Marlborough

FoR MoRE infoRMaTion conTacT

South Marlborough Area Ofce, 03 572 9100, Gee Street, Renwick, Marlborough 7204 or PO Box 51 Renwick. southmarlboroughao@doc.govt.nz

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weapon employment zone (WEZ). These aspects all involve quantied measurements of the contribution which errors of wind estimation, range estimation, shot-to-shot velocity consistency and rie system precision make to the probability of a rst-round hit on a given target at a given range. Although statistics are mentioned, you only need to remember that for the normally distributed variables found in the dispersion of rie bullets, 99% of shots will strike within the area beneath the bell-shaped curve bounded by plus or minus three standard deviations ( ) of the mean or average (), 96% of them strike between plus or minus two standard deviations of the mean, and 68% of them will group into plus or minus one standard deviation of the mean, as will be seen in the diagram below: the components to imprecision. By controlling for each of the factors, he can gauge by how much, for example, extending the range has upon the chance of a hit. This is most valuable, because unless each of the components of ballistics are identied, it is impossible to measure what goes where when misses take place. For these reasons, he identies (for example) a precision of wind estimate of +/- 1 m.p.h. (approximately 1.6 km/h); of range to within +/- 1 yard (0.9 m); a rie precision of 0.5 minutes of angle, and of velocity consistency with a standard deviation of 10 ft/ sec as the criteria for high condence, with correspondingly lower levels of condence arising from larger tolerances. Using computer-generated plots for larger samples of shots (1,000 is a typical gure) Bryan Litz derives group sizes which may surprise some rie shooters who are accustomed to ring three-shot groups: these tend to be far, far smaller than even ten-shot groups, let alone 100-shot groups. Litz then explores the implications of his studies in terms of competition shooting for group and score, varmint hunting, big game hunting and what he refers to as military and tactical shooting. With Litz' remorseless logic, it is easy to see how the factors mentioned earlier interact to make groups at longer range much larger than one would expect. As he writes, In order to get better at hitting targets, we must understand what causes us to miss targets. This sort of clarity is ideal for helping us get the best out of our shooting, and from our equipment and ammunition. I strongly recommend it.

Title: Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting A guide to successful long range shooting Author: Bryan Litz, Applied Ballistics LLC Available from: 15071 Hanna Ave NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 RRP: US$35.95, p&p extra Format: Hard cover, 300 pages Reviewed by: Chaz Forsyth Hard on the heels of Litz' very successful Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting (Second Edition, 2011) comes his latest work, a very elegant distillation of the elements for successful long range shooting. Litz doesn't mess around he claries the distinction between accuracy (group centred around a desired point of impact) and precision (a very small group anywhere on a target) in his introduction, a distinction which eludes most dictionary editors. He then moves into more detail in three major aspects of precision shooting: precision, accuracy, and the interaction of these factors in terms of the

You do not need to be a statistician to understand the author's approach, but an awareness of how things go is useful. Litz' approach is systematic, concise and precise. Using the analyses of these factors, Litz draws upon his experience in guided missile design to measure the effects of errors made in each of

Alex Gale will need no introduction to New Zealand hunters and his son Tim is likely to become just as well known among those who see hunting as more than a sport.


Father and son have co-authored a book that I found fascinating. It is not the usual hunting book with descriptions of successive hunting trips nor is it a biographical account of one mans progression from novice hunter to philosopher. What we have instead is a collection of essays each with a hunting story and a moral drawn from that story. As I read I had to reect that the Gales passion for the hunt was reminiscent of Newton McConochies title You will learn no harm from the hills or perhaps some of Tony Ormans later writings. Certainly the Gales share with those two authors a commitment to ethical hunting and a belief that hunting is much more than meat or trophy collection. From guiding a new hunter to his rst animal, to hunting in Sweden, searching for moose in Fiordland or describing goat operations in Taranaki, the accounts become the vehicle by which the Gales pass

on hunting tips and their reections on the environment, the animals, the hunters and the act of hunting itself. It was almost inevitable that a book such as this would have some comment on the future of hunting and with a Game Animal Council in the ofng the role of a body such as the NZDA is challenged. Throughout the two hundred plus pages, the coloured photographs and the carefully selected quotes from the likes of Ruark, Roosevelt and Thoreau catch the eye and give food for thought. The photographs are interesting in themselves but the captions add a new dimension and contribute to the enjoyment of the reader. I found the co-authored approach interesting. To me there was an apparent difference in style and content covered that was due to the relative ages and experiences of the two authors but in terms of philosophy and love of hunting it was obvious that the apple did not fall far from the tree. Would I buy the book? Certainly and I would put it on the shelf alongside my other best books on New Zealand hunting.

Title: A Passion for Hunting Trips and Tips Author: Alex and Tim Gale Published by: The Halcyon Press ISBN: 978-1-877566-25-7 RRP: $39.99 Format: 216 pages, soft cover, 170 x 240 mm, colour and black & white photos Available from: All good book stores Reviewed by: Bill OLeary


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out some from those for which information was supplied in earlier edition, and perhaps most important, provides most valuable information about the whys, whats and hows of metallic cartridge reloading.


Content what's there? For use in New Zealand, at the far end of a long slender supply line, not many of the newly-listed chamberings for which handloading data has been researched will be of great interest. Some of the older ones may though service rie shooters will approve of the continued listing of data for the 6.5 x 50 mm Japanese, the 6.5 x 52 mm Mannlicher-Carcano, the 6.5 x 54 mm Mannlicher-Schoenauer, as well as for the 7.5 x 54 mm MAS and the 7.5 x 55 mm Swiss. Something which took place in the eighth edition (and which I missed when I reviewed it) is the offering of data for both .308 and 0.312 diameter bullets for those who handload for the 7.62 x 54R. This is to accommodate the majority of these ries which have groove diameters running at 0.311 to 0.312. The text warns of some barrels intended for 0.308 diameter bullets, mainly found in ries of Finnish manufacture, so you need to slug your barrel before loading ammunition for it. New rie cartridge entries include handloading data for the .17 hornet. .416 Barrett, and the .505 Gibbs. The .505 Gibbs, developed over a century ago, using cordite as its propellant, is for dangerous game hunting, and has been taken up by Norma. The .416 Barrett is a shortened and necked-down .50 cal Browning, for long-range competitive target shooting

Title: Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading 9th Edition, Emory, N. (Ed) Publisher: Hornady Manufacturing Company, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA RRP: NZ$80 approximately Format: 924 pages, hard copy Reviewed by: Chaz Forsyth Introduction - Learning of the appearance of a new edition to a handloading manual, one for which I happen to have all of the earlier editions, (and met its principal, Joyce Hornady, in 1980), is always a cause for excitement. I used Hornady bullets in my early reloads for the .303 British, but oddly, used Taipan bullets for my second deer, Hornady bullets being used for the next four or ve. (Yes, the rst one was killed with a mark 7 ball bullet in .303 military ammunition whose nose had been amputated in an effort to obtain some expansion.) The ninth edition, as new editions do, contains data for newly-introduced cartridges, leaves

and possibly, just possibly, sniping at material (rather than human) targets at longer ranges than a kilometer. Almost as innovative is their offering of handloading data on their website, www.hornady.com/data. This website is listed instead of data in their manual, very much as the ADI Group of Australia pioneered some years ago. Of interest to the service rie shooters are expanded sections for the .223 Remington/5.56 x 45 mm NATO, .300 whisper/.300 AAC blackout, and for the .308 Win/7.62 x 51 mm NATO. Non-military chamberings which have also undergone revision of data are the .2506 (one of the older wildcat chamberings), and the .257 Weatherby magnum. What's gone from this edition? In common with all editions since the sixth, ballistic tables are no longer included in the second volume, having been replaced with free access to a website, www.hornady.com/ ballistics. There, you can put in practically any workable combination of bullet, ballistic coefcient, muzzle velocity, target range and sighting ranges, height of sight-line above bore, the whole nine yards. A few cartridges have been dropped too, possibly of interest to New Zealand shooters (for whom archaic chamberings retain a nostalgic interest, borne of past necessity rather than simple fondness because of the expense of imported ries in the 1970s). In line with earlier editions, there is a brilliant introduction to the handloading of metallic ammunition, as Ive mentioned earlier. This book is well worth its price!


chamois and yet again another ne volume. Bruce Banwell has produced an amazing number of books that have largely dealt with liberation, establishment, management then mismanagement and of the trophy animals taken. The books therefore feature invaluable history that otherwise might have be lost in the sea of time. As with all his past books, Bruce has carried out amazingly detailed and meticulous research. The result is a book of over 250 pages, with numerous black and white photos, some quite outstanding both historically and photographically. The author has a strong admiration for chamois based on its extraordinary agility and elegance, a truly wonderful game animal which in my opinion is not fully appreciated by a number of New Zealand recreational hunters. In the rst section of the book, Bruce Banwell delves into the history of chamois in Europe even back into caveman Neolithic days. In more recent times startling highlights emerge such as poachers being shot by game keepers and vice-a-versa! The second section deals with chamois in New Zealand. Ironically chamois are ofcially listed as

endangered in Europe whereas in New Zealand they are regarded as noxious by DOC and killed without restrictions by commercial hunters. On the New Zealand attitude, Bruce Banwell describes heli-hunting as unethical, unsporting, unsafe and totally unnecessary. The Alpine Chamois is a ne contribution to New Zealands big game hunting literature.

Title: The Alpine Chamois. New Zealand Big Game Records Series Author: D Bruce Banwell, for the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Available from: All good book stores, or the NZDA National Ofce RRP: $44.95 Format: Soft cover, colour and black and white photos. 240 x 165 mm. 245 pages. Reviewed by: Tony Orman NZDA and more particularly Bruce Banwell have done it again with Bruces seventh book in the NZDA record series. This time it is on
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65th National Conference

July 12 14 2013 Clubs of Marlborough, Blenheim Hosted by the Marlborough Branch



NaTionaL SHooTing WEEk, 23/24 FEBRUaRY and 2 - 5 MaRcH 2013
H o s t e d b y t h e S o u t h W a i k a t o Bra n c h a t t h e To k o ro a S h o o t i n g S p o r t s C o m p l e x Re s u l t s s u p p l i e d b y S a n d i C u r r e e n Saturday 23 February 2013
50m NRA Rimre Rod Hill Mark Poots Aidin Ralfe Shane Wills Peter Chubb Branch Rotorua Taupo Taupo North Auckland South Waikato PR 1 196.09 196.12 186.05 181.02 157.00 PR 2 196.11 196.10 181.02 187.04 153.01 PR Tot 392.20 392.22 367.07 368.06 310.01 ST 1 171.02 157.01 160.01 152.01 90.00 ST 2 177.04 166.03 163.00 159.01 123.00 ST Tot 348.06 323.04 323.01 311.02 213.00 KN 1 184.04 190.07 174.01 174.04 146.00 KN 2 187.05 186.06 181.00 163.00 147.01 KN Tot 371.09 376.13 355.01 337.04 293.01 Grand Total 1111.35 1091.39 1045.09 1016.12 816.02

Sunday 24 February 2013

NRA 100m Centrere Colin Curreen Shane Wills Branch South Waikato North Auckland GD M A CL Prone 198.04 187.04 Stand 182 156 Kneel 199.05 184.02 Grand Total 579.09 527.06

23/24 February 2013 Two Gun Event

NRA 100m Centrere Shane Wills Branch North Auckland GD A CL R/Fire 1016.12 C/Fire 527.06 Grand Total 1543.18

Saturday 2 March 2013

Rimre 50 & 100m Brenda Perry Rod Hill Aidin Ralfe Bryn Blythen Grant Botting Mark Poots Jason Graham Malcolm Perry John Stick Ian McFetridge Bob Neckelson Alistair Mackay Peter Chubb Sian Moft Branch Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Whangarei Taupo Taupo Hutt Valley Rotorua North Auckland Non member Taupo Wellington South Waikato Taupo B B B D A A GD A A B A A A CL L O O O O O O V V O V O O J 50m Prone 98 96 95 97 99 98 99 91 91 97 95 91 78 94 Stand 88 90 88 70 79 74 74 75 71 63 55 60 58 35 Kneel 97 93 91 91 89 86 79 83 88 88 88 77 84 42 100m Prone 91.00 93.00 79.00 93.02 94.01 98.02 94.02 92.02 91.03 88.00 83.01 86.00 80.00 86.00 Stand 91.01 89.01 84.00 83.00 76.00 71.00 81.00 75.00 68.00 64.00 71.00 60.00 57.00 36.00

Malcolm Perry, Gold - Veterans Rimfire

Kneel 96.01 93.00 88.00 90.02 86.00 90.00 83.00 84.00 79.00 84.01 71.00 80.00 77.00 40.00 50m Aggregate 283 279 274 258 267 258 252 249 250 248 238 228 220 171 100m Aggregate 278.02 275.01 251.00 266.04 256.01 259.02 258.02 251.02 238.03 236.01 225.01 226.00 214.00 162.00 Grand Aggregate 561.02 554.01 525.00 524.04 523.01 517.02 510.02 500.02 488.03 484.01 463.01 454.00 434.00 333.00


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Sunday 3 March 2013

Centrere 100 & 200m
* kneel for the sit position

Branch Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Whangarei Hutt Valley North Auckland Rotorua Taupo Non member Wellington



100m Prone 100.07 100.05 100.04 100.05 97 100.04 98.07 99.03 99.05 85.01 Stand 93 89.01 84 80.01 75 69 65 65 54 69 Kneel 97.02 91 90 92.01 88.02 88.01 91.02 89.02 78 86

200m Prone 98.05 98.05 95.02 87.01 93.02 88.00 92.02 96.00 90.01 82.01 Stand 93.02 92.01 75.00 80.00 81.00 76.00 69.00 64.00 82.01 70.00 Sit 100.06 89.00 91.00 93.01 85.00 81.00 77.00 79.01 84.00 76.00

100m Aggregate 290.09 280.06 274.04 272.07 260.02 257.05 254.09 253.05 231.05 240.01

200m Aggregate 291.13 279.06 261.02 260.02 259.02 245.00 238.02 239.01 256.02 228.01

Grand Aggregate 581.22 559.12 535.06 532.09 519.04 502.05 492.11 492.06 487.07 468.02

Brenda Perry Rod Hill * Mark Poots * Bryn Blythen *

New Re c o rd !

Jason Graham * John Stick Malcolm Perry * Bob Neckelson Ian McFetridge * Alistair Mackay

Monday 4 March 2013

200m Prone Match (60 Shot) Colin Curreen Mark Poots John Stick Bryn Blythen Branch South Waikato Taupo North Auckland Whangarei 0.22 CAL 6mm 6mm BR GD CL O O V O 1 100.04 100.05 95.02 89.01 2 96.02 98.06 98.05 89.02 3 100.05 94.02 96.02 83.01 4 99.05 98.05 96.03 94.01 5 97.05 97.03 96.02 77.00 6 98.02 100.06 95.03 83.00 Total 590.23 587.27 576.17 515.05

Tusday 5 March 2013

Metallic Silhouette (80 Shot) Darin Grenz Graham Hollaway Bryn Blythen John Stick Jason Graham Steve Howl Alistair Mackay Malcolm Perry Branch North Auckland South Waikato Whangarei North Auckland Hutt Valley Taihape Wellington Rotorua Chicken 40m 18 12 11 9 10 11 10 9 Pig 60m 13 14 13 13 12 14 8 9 Turkey 77m 9 12 8 11 8 6 6 4 Ram 100m 9 11 15 12 7 5 5 7 Total 49 49 47 45 37 36 29 29

Brenda Perry, Gold - Rimfire

Amended National Results Because some of the competitors were not financial at the time of the shoot the following are the amended placings 23-24 February: Rimre 3P 120 Shots at 50m: Rod Hill (Rotorua) 1111.35, Mark Poots (Taupo) 1091.39, Aidin Ralfe (Taupo) 1045.09 Centrere 3P 60 Shots at 100m: Colin Curreen (South Waikato) 579.09, Shane Wills (North Auckland) 527.06 Rimre & Centrere 2 Gun: Shane Wills (North Auckland) 1543.18 2-5 March: Rimre 3P at 50 & 100m: Brenda Perry (Rotorua) 561.02, Aidin Ralfe (Taupo) 525, Bryn Blythen (Whangarei) 524.04. Rimre Veterans: Malcolm Perry (Rotorua) 500.02, John Stick (North Auckland) 488.03, Bob Neckelson (Taupo) 463.01 John Stick, Gold - Veterans Centrefire
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Rimre Ladies: Brenda Perry (Rotorua) Centrere 4P at 100 & 200m: Brenda Perry (Taupo) 581.22, Mark Poots (Taupo) 535.06, Bryn Blythen (Whangarei) 599.12 Centrere Veterans: John Stick (North Auckland) 502.05, Malcolm Perry (Rotorua) 492.11, Bob Neckelson (Taupo) 492.06 200m Prone: Colin Curreen (South Waikato) 590.23, Mark Poots (Taupo) 587.27, John Stick (North Auckland) 576.17 80 Shot R/Fire Silhouette: Darin Grinz (North Auckland) 49, Bryn Blythen (Whangarei) 47, John Stick (North Auckland) 45

N ew Record 581.22
Brenda Perry, Gold - Centrefire


H o s t e d b y N e l s o n Bra n c h NZDA a t t h e i r Pa c k e rs Cr e e k R a n g e , M a rc h 29 t h A p r i l 1 s t B y M a l c o l m Pe r r y Friday 29th. A ne day for set up and practise, made for a relaxed and pleasant day. Saturday 30th. The normal routine for this event had been rescheduled due to the arrival times of some participants; so the mornings event was rimre. This is a 3 target match, 25 diagrams on each target, shot for score, 10.1 possible on each diagram. Conditions were ne with changeable winds that never seemed to stay constant for long. Top 3 scores on each target and total were:
T1 Graeme Smith Harvey Westland Tony Titheridge Graeme Smith Harvey Westland Ian Owen Michael Peacock Harvey Westland Tony Titheridge Ian Owen Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson 247.13 246.14 245.13 246.10 246.10 245.10 241.04 245.11 245.09 245.08 737.35 737.34 733.26 T3 Tony Titheridge Mike Peacock Harvey Westland Harvey Westland Graeme Smith Sue Gavin Malcolm Perry Tony Titheridge Peter Haxell Nelson Nelson Nelson 0.186 0.276 0.304 LV Grand Aggregate Gold Graeme Smith Silver Harvey Westland Bronze Tony Titheridge


Nelson 0.210 Nelson 0.247 South Waikato 0.257 Rotoruaorua Nelson Auckland Nelson Nelson Nelson 0.168 0.231 0.236 0.2624 0.2648 0.2678

Nelson Nelson Nelson

0.2933 0.2972 0.3085

After a quick lunch it was into HV 200.

T1 Sue Gavin Tony Titheridge Graeme Smith South Waikato 0.505 Nelson 0.553 Nelson 0.575 0.475 0.536 0.694


LV 100 Aggregate Harvey Westland Tony Titheridge Graeme Smith


Tony Titheridge Nelson Judith Peacock Nelson New Helen Owen S h o o t e r Nelson


New Helen Owen S h 0.453 o o t e r Nelson Maurice Subritzky Hutt Valley 0.557 Sue Gavin South Waikato 0.697 New Helen Owen S h 0.569 o o t e r Nelson Harvey Westland Nelson 0.577 Sue Gavin South Waikato 0.653





Peter Haxell Tony Titheridge Sue Gavin

Auckland 0.313 Nelson 0.396 South Waikato 0.410 Nelson 0.2966 South Waikato 0.3345 Auckland 0.3973

Gold Harvey Westland Silver Graeme Smith Bronze Ian Owen

Sunday 31st. On arrival at the range it was raining quite steadily but luckily cleared up after short while and we were able to get started on the LV 200 yard, which was the mornings match. Top 3 scores for each target were:
T1 Harvey Westland Sue Gavin Ian Owen Sue Gavin Ian Owen Tony Titheridge Tony Titheridge Harvey Westland Mike Peacock Peter Haxell Graeme Smith Ian Owen Peter Haxell Graeme Smith Ian Owen Nelson 0.328 South Waikato 0.402 Nelson 0.445 South Waikato 0.443 Nelson 0.515 Nelson 0.537 Nelson Nelson Nelson Auckland Nelson Nelson Auckland Nelson Nelson Auckland Nelson Nelson 0.403 0.410 0.483 0.518 0.699 0.737 0.407 0.658 0.669 0.3021 0.3187 0.3188

Light Varmint L-R Tony Titheridge Bronze; Graeme Smith Gold; Harvey Westland Silver.

200 Aggregate Tony Titheridge Sue Gavin Peter Haxell

Monday 1st (no April Fools tricks here) Time to shoot HV 100 to nish the weekend. Better conditions light changeable winds.
T1 Ian Owen Mike Peacock Sue Gavin Judith Peacock Tony Titheridge Ian Owen Mike Peacock Peter Haxell Mike Peacock Ian Owen Peter Haxell Graeme Smith Sue Gavin
New Helen Owen S h ooter Ian Owen Graeme Smith Tony Titheridge

Nelson Nelson South Waikato Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Auckland Nelson Nelson

0.234 0.248 0.281 0.281 0.165 0.288 0.305 0.180 0.240 0.304


Saturday afternoon with late arrivals present was 100 yard LV match. All centrere matches comprise 5 x 5 shot groups at each distance for two classes.

Rimfire medal winners, L-R Graeme Smith Silver; Harvey Westland Gold; Ian Owen Bronze.





Auckland 0.165 Nelson 0.187 South Waikato 0.215 Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Auckland Nelson Nelson 0.215 0.215 0.230 0.266 0.2672 0.2680 0.2790



T he top three groups for each target Saturday af ternoon were:

T1 Graeme Smith Mike Peacock Ian Owen Sue Gavin Harvey Westland Tony Titheridge Nelson Nelson Nelson 0.180 0.201 0.242 T5


South Waikato 0.166 Nelson 0.210 Nelson 0.215

LV 200 Aggregate Peter Haxell Graeme Smith Ian Owen

HV 100 Aggregate Peter Haxell Ian Owen Mike Peacock


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HV Grand Aggregate Gold Tony Titheridge Silver Peter Haxell Bronze Sue Gavin

Nelson 0.3039 Auckland 0.3323 South Waikato 0.3362

And the main prize the Two Gun Aggregate:

HV Grand Aggregate Gold Tony Titheridge Silver Graeme Smith Bronze Peter Haxell Nelson Nelson Auckland 0.3062 0.3176 0.3249

So concluded a great weekend catching up with folks not often seen, thanks to all who attended. Thanks also to Graeme Smith who does the majority of the work involved with this national event.

Heavy Varmint L-R Sue Gavin Bronze; Tony Titheridge Gold; Peter Haxell Silver.

2Gun Aggregate L-R Peter Haxell Bronze; Tony Titheridge Gold; Graeme Smith Silver.

NEw ZEaLand DEERSTaLkERS ASSociaTion Inc. NaTionaL SHooTing CaLEndaR 2013

DATE July 2013 Saturday 27th Sunday 28th BRANCH South Waikato Branch Waikato Regional Champs Saturday - 120 Shot R/F 3P @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot C/F 3P @ 100m (PRSC National Format Matches) South Waikato Branch PRSC Qualifying Match Saturday - 120 Shot 3P R/F @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot 3P C/F @ 100m CONTACT Colin Curreen 07 886 4090 sandijo@clear.net.nz Malcolm Perr y 07 348 4473 malcolmperry@clear.net.nz Colin & Sandi Curreen 07 886 4090 sandijo@clear.net.nz Malcolm Perry 07 348 4473 malcolmperry@clear.net.nz Colin & Sandi Curreen 07 886 4090 sandijo@clear.net.nz Malcolm Perry 07 348 4473 malcolmperry@clear.net.nz Malcolm Perry 07 348 4473 malcolmperry@clear.net.nz RANGE Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road

September 2013 Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

Saturday 28th Sunday 29th

South Waikato Branch PRSC Qualifying Match Saturday - 120 Shot 3P R/F @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot 3P C/F @ 100m

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

October 2013 Saturday 19th Sunday 20th

Rotorua Branch Central Regional Champs Saturday - 120 Shot R/F 3P @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot C/F 3P @ 100m (PRSC Format Matches - Qualifying Match) South Waikato Branch PRSC Qualifying Match Saturday - 120 Shot 3P R/F @ 50m Sunday - 60 Shot 3P C/F @ 100m

Meads Road Rotorua

November 2013 Saturday 9th Sunday 10th

Colin & Sandi Curreen 07 886 4090 sandijo@clear.net.nz Malcolm Perry 07 348 4473 malcolmperry@clear.net.nz Colin & Sandi Curreen 07 886 4090 sandijo@clear.net.nz Malcolm Perry 07 348 4473 malcolmperry@clear.net.nz

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

Saturday 23rd Sunday 24th

South Waikato Branch North Island Champs Saturday - 60 Shot R/F 3P @ 50m & 100m Sunday - 40 Shot C/F 4P @ 100m

Tokoroa Shooting Sports Complex, Newell Road, Tokoroa

At time of writing dates and venues were to the best of our knowledge at this time. Please check with the host branches nearer the time of the event.
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