The build up to the roar is always an exciting time with all the plotting and scheming involved and figuring out where and when to focus your time. It’s an exciting time to hunt, and for good reason. As the days get shorter eventually those big stags that have been hard to find all year will let their guard down with the onset of the roar, and suddenly they become a hell of a lot easier to find.
If there is one piece of kit that ends up on even the shortest of gear lists, a rain jacket should be it. Being a small rock in the middle of the ocean, New Zealand’s weather can change very quickly, especially while hunting in alpine terrain
Both male and female chamois have horns and both can be considered trophies, but it can be notoriously hard to tell the difference sometimes. So, here's how, courtesy of The Taxidermist Ltd & PointsSouth
When the stag antlers have dropped, and the tahr capes bleaching in the sun, the focus often shifts to re-stocking the freezer in preparation for those long summer evening BBQ’s – part of our DNA makeup here in New Zealand
We all would have heard someone say that “you’ll learn more from just sitting back and watching”, which is true for just about any hunting, but with bull tahr it’s especially relevant as their behaviour changes significantly through the different stages of the rut
It’s not that long ago that about as tech as I got pre hunt was having a quick look at a forecast and a topo map before heading out into the hills. These day’s you can spend a bunch of time “E-Scouting” on various apps and websites to try and plan a feasible route as well as get much more detailed forecasts even whilst in the field via an Inreach for example.
If time is your biggest limitation, then a few quality days of hunting hard is achievable and actually cost effective if you can fill the seats in the helicopter. So increasing your hunting time as opposed to your hike-in time can really make a lot of sense, here's our tricks and tips to - The Art of the Fly In
Some of us will routinely climb 1000m vertical when we go hunting, others view the truck or quad bike as more of a “mobile hunting blind”. Whatever your approach, having a versatile yet simple layering system means you will be more comfortable and you will also be able to do more with less.
Forth generation taxidermist David Jacobs gives us a run down on prepping that bird for the taxidermist.