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Issue 38 - Dec 2013 / Jan 2014

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas already!

We’re just back from Fi’s first bull tahr hunt and we got snowed out for the first two days, and now we’re home getting the Christmas issue to the printers. Seems like we’ve gone from the middle of winter to the middle of summer in less than a week! Fi did manage to get a nice mature 8 year old bull that went 12.5 inches, but she had to work for it – including a nice cold and very fast swim! Check out the movie on the video page or on our Facebook page to see what she got up to.

In this issue!

  • Leading in we have Willie’s massive stag from the main divide
  • The Back Ridge Butcher’s 9 point Sika
  • Richie’s West Coast Winter Wonderland
  • Matt again takes us through getting Hero shots right!
  • Urewera Cruisin’
  • Safari Hunting in Southern Africa
  • Summer Sika
  • Test Match Bow Hunting
  • Wind for the hunter
  • Hunting other places
  • Bridle trails and trophies
  • Fitness for the Hunter - a new series
  • Wapiti Management part 2
  • Making Memories
  • Know your Bush – Mahoe
  • Battle of the sexes – male or female?
  • Goose hunting – keeping up the strike rate
  • PYU – Recovery gear
  • Tech Talk – the controversial half cock

We Evaluate:

  • Tikka T3 Sporter in 223
  • Bushnell Elite Tactical 3.5-21x50
  • Lowa Catalan and Tibet boots

Must Reads....

There are some absolute must reads in this issue, apart from Willie’s big stag of course!
And they are Matt’s ‘Hero Shots’ and Dave’s ‘Know your Bush’.

To put it bluntly, the variability in the photos we get sent is from one extreme to the other, whether to be used in articles or for the website and Facebook page. Some of them are simply stunning, and some are simply stunningly awful at the other end of the scale! I’m going to be absolutely blunt here, guys and gals, there is no excuse for not taking a tiny bit longer and stopping and thinking about how to take a pic to record your animal that you and the rest of us will be proud of. Please, please read Matt’s article again and again until you’ve taken it all in. He’s laid it out really simply dealing with the most basic things like: positioning and how to hold the animal, where to have the sun, where to have the camera, tongues, excessive blood, and the most basic camera settings. If you just think for a minute and apply these simple rules, you’ll most likely end up with some great pics to show family and friends, and also save a lot of hair pulling out at my editor’s desk!

Dave’s article on mahoe is a refreshing and easy to read discussion on a topic that would often put most readers off (especially younger ones). There is some really good info in here that will make you a better hunter, so don’t just think ‘greenie BS’ not worth reading, or you’ll be missing out!

Tightlines Competition

The new Tightlines photo and video competition is going great guns on the Facebook page, so now you’ve all read Matt’s article, we expect to see some stunning pics going up! Make sure you go and have a look and vote (‘like’) those you like best. Remember, that’s how the winners will be chosen from now on, those with the most likes in the two month magazine cycle will win. We will always be an issue behind announcing them in the magazine, as we obviously go to print long before the issue goes on sale. Willie will be announcing them on Facebook in the week after our on-sale dates.

And don’t forget to ‘like’ our page too! www.facebook.com/NZHunterMagazine

We do have the last winner for the website photo competition though, before it swapped over to Facebook, and that is Brian Maplesden and his awesome photo “On the way to the longdrop, Otutu, Kawekas”. Brian wins the Domex Bushlite Mate sleeping bag from Tightlines.

Spot the Logo Winners

This issue’s spot the logo winners were Steve Hert and Andrew Budge. The logos were on the Tikka ad on page 10 and the Ruger ad on page 35.

Summing up....

With the holiday season coming up I hope you’ve got some big trips planned. It’s great to use those longer breaks to explore some new country and broaden your hunting horizons. You never know, we may see you on top of some mountain somewhere, hopefully with a pack full of meat!

Hope you all have a great Christmas and catch you in the New Year!


Greg Duley, Editor, NZ HUNTER magazine

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