NZ Hunter Issue 78

New Zealand’s premier hunting and outdoor magazine . For everything hunting - adventures, tips, how-tos, and reviews of the latest products. A great read with something for everyone.

New Zealand
NZ Hunter Magazine Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
a word from the editor

Tahrmageddon 2, it’s hard to believe, but here we are again… I’m not going to go over the way this debacle has played out so far, as it’s covered in other parts of this issue of the magazine. Where to from here? By the time you read this DOC contractors will have completed the 60 hours of culling in National parks DOC has instructed them to do. Most of the DOC staff we have spoken to are also very unhappy about having to be involved with this culling program and are only doing their job. There will be many, many bull tahr lying dead, completely wasted. The breeding nanny population will also have taken another huge hit both in and outside the National Parks, putting the future of the herd as a viable…

11 min
a fancy goat

“That’s a fancy goat” – direct quote from my wife Being the rep for Garmin comes with a lot of miles and a lot of work but it also comes with some great opportunities. In June 2019, along with Ian and Matthew, the outdoor and overall managers for Garmin in Australasia, I got to capitalise on one of those opportunities When you get a call from Willie Duley asking whether you’d like to shoot ducks or tahr, you’d probably do what I did – say ‘yes’ to the opportunity before you’ve spoken to the wife or anyone else. I chose tahr because I can’t shoot a shotgun to save myself. After a long drive south (I live in Tauranga) we all assembled in the carpark of a service station in Rolleston. Greg and…

15 min
st james

To fit with our theme it had to be mainly a public land hunt with a bit of a journey to it. Not only that, but filming pig hunting for non-pig hunters is tricky Ideally it is open country so you can see everything that’s going on and there has to be elements of interest that aren’t just scruffy ol’ boris’s (myself included) to keep them entertained. And of course you have to use dogs on the softer end of the scale so you don’t offend Karen and get kicked off telly! Over a few years I scouted around a bit of country always keeping an eye out but nothing really fit the bill, not something I’d confidently tell Willie to commit a trip to. In 2019 we decided we were doing…

10 min

Boulders bigger than our trucks sat on the road and deep silt covered the bank like a ribbon to mark where the torrent and raging water had passed. Skeletal trees were mixed into the debris, pushed aside by the diggers and dozers that cleared our path, fallen warriors who had guarded the road and these foothills for years, if not decades. A silent message to never underestimate this land. Deeper we went, not sure if we’d get any further or would be halted by a ‘stop/ go’ person and sent back, ending our mission. The good spirits were with Adrian and me, guiding us safely through. This was the fourth invite I’ve had to come here. The previous three I’d had to decline for various reasons…business is always calling… “What ya up…

12 min
tahr 101

This proposed Plan is eradication in disguise. It WILL kill the tahr hunting resource as we know it, it WILL kill many jobs and people’s livelihoods, and it WILL kill a passionate recreational pursuit enjoyed by thousands. WHAT ARE TAHR AND HOW DID WE END UP IN THIS SITUATION? Himalayan Tahr, as their name suggests, are native to the Himalayas, where they are now considered a near threatened species. They are their own genus and species, neither sheep nor goat, world renowned and admired for their ability to live high in the harshest mountain environments and for their amazing shaggy winter coats, being one of the few animals in the world other than the lion to have a mane. They were first introduced to New Zealand, 116 years ago near Aoraki/Mt Cook…

2 min
himalayan tahr control plan 1993

“To determine, and review from time to time in accordance with evidence from monitoring, the population of thar which for any area is consistent with an ecologically acceptable vegetation and estate condition (the target level)” While the plan acknowledged that: “A thar population at or close to the habitat carrying capacity (ca. 50,000) will have unacceptable impacts on vegetation, and therefore on native insect and bird fauna. On available evidence a population of 10,000 over the entire range is identified as a presently acceptable maximum, at which impacts on vegetation may be tolerable, and which will provide sufficient hunter satisfaction and commercial opportunities to maintain hunting pressure.” (Note that hunter opportunity was based on 1993 usage not today’s, much higher level of tahr hunting.) “There is little quantitative evidence describing thar impacts…