Back in the Action.

Hi Guys and Girls.
The last nine months or so has been a bit of a blurr with training a new staff member here in the shop, and i have to Introduce Carrie to our readers, but we also hope to get carrie to do her own blog.She has turned out to be a very keen hunter and has already moved from a .22 rimfire rifle up to a .243 win centrefire package that has a sonic suppressor fitted to it.
She has bagged several goats and has put her first Fallow deer in the Frezer, so keep it up Carrie.

Changing the subjects slightly several of our local hunters have managed to reform the Central King Country Branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association and we have been up and running for about 18 months now , with Herb Blank as President, Carrie Peach as Secretary and I was roped in as Treasurer.
This group of enthusiastic individuals has been working hard in the community to try and raise awareness among the rest of the hunting fraturnity that there is now a local branch here in Taumarunui and what the program is for the next year.
Early in February 2013 we will be running a NZDA ( HUNTS )Hunters National Training Scheme course for new or inexperienced hunter to help them get more enjoyment from there hunting and to be safer out there.
For more info on these courses check out the NZDA web site , well worth the time and even older men or women like me can sure learn new skills as I did while doing the Instructors Training.
Well cheers for now I will be out and about more over the next few months so will keep you informed whats happening locally.

Fishing or Working?

As they say a bad days fishing is better than a good day at work- So when I was given the choice to work for the afternoon or go try my luck down at the river…well the choice was pretty easy- I was definately going fishing! Or maybe I should rephrase that and say I was definately going to take my rod for a walk. The sun was barely managing to push through the clouds and scattered showers were passing by along with a lazy wind…so all in all it was pretty darn cold. The river was still fairly high after the last lot of rain but was by all means clear enough for the fish to see those lovely bright spoons getting dragged through the water…or was it? It should have been but with countless casts and changes of lures and still not even a strike I came to the conclusion that the fish must have been too cold to eat! Well thats my excuse and I am sticking to it. So next time I venture out to the river I might have to wipe the cobwebs off my flyrod and give that a try again!

Browning X Bolt 7mm08.

Well it has finally happened , we have a Browning X Bolt 7mm08 for sale on behalf and this is in excellent condition.It is the stainless/synthetic model and has only fired 30 rounds and comes with 50 rounds of winchester supreme ballistic silvertip ammunition.This rifle has the crisp adjustable trigger and 60 degree bolt lift with tang safety and the 3 shot rotary clip in magazine. A once in a life time rifle Priced at $1899.00 including Rings.
In my opinion this is the Ultimate all round rifle and I guess I am slightly biased as I have the wood stocked blued version and have had a Dan Hardy Suppressor fitted to protect my dogs ears, and mine.
Well worth a look at this beauty.

June Update

Well the last few months from the end of January when Freda went on maternity leave to now are a bit of a blurr.Freda has decided to become a stay home Mum, so we have just recently appointed her replacement. Carrie will start with us on the 27th of June so hopefully after a training period I will be able to resume a more normal life.
I have on the odd sunday afternoon managed to sneek off for a walk around a few duck ponds with varying success, but have enjoyed being outdoors spending time with Ross my duck shooting buddie and Jaz my dog.
Most of the ducks we have found have been in pairs out in the wet paddocks or in swamps and drains , with only one pond holding a reasonable number of ducks but not regularly.

The Roar is almost upon us.

The roar is almost upon us with stags in prime condition and now with hard antler, they are breaking out of the stag mobs and staking out there territory.Each stag will be checking out the hinds in his patch and marking up his Territory. This pretty much applies to all species with the sika very Territorial but they will only roar when a hind is cycling in his patch. Reds will usually roar at any thing and the universal game caller is now a great tool to have on your side when it comes to setting an ambush for those very cautious stags.

You can set the caller up 15 to 20 meters away on the edge of a clearing then hide away in the scrub and operate the caller using the remote.This will bring you some interesting sights and results as long as you set up with the wind in the right place.

So far none of the locals have heard a good solid roar but I am pretty sure that wont be far away especially if we get some cooler weather in the next few days.

So good luck to all and please wear blaze orange gear out there and ” Be Safe Be Seen”
Cheer Ken.

Special Paradise Duckshoot.

Message to all Duckshooters. The Fish and Game Special paradise shellduck shoot is scheduled to take place on the 5th and 6th of March 2011 in the southern king country.
The limit per hunter per day is 7 birds as per last year.
We will have the permits in store very soon so just bring in your 2010 gamebird licence and we will sort out your permit.

We also have steel and lead shotgun shells, Parry silhouettes, and camo gear including face masks and gloves.

We are the local stockist for the Universal Game Caller with the hand held remote and plug in sound cards. There is also a 6watt amplified speaker that will blow your socks off, so get out and hone those shotgun skills before the 5th of march.
If you want any info on the game caller or the new sound cards send us an email.

Small game hunting

The last few weeks of fine weather have caused a minor explosion in the Rabbit populations here in the King Country.All the pumic country seems to have survived the late wet winter and now the population is booming.
Freda and Jaz and I have spent a couple of evenings on a friends property to the south west of town with 24 the first night and 21 the second night.I must say this is good steady work for my dog Jaz Pointing and Retrieving these sorts of numbers in an evening, and it is reinforcing all her command work and here stand and point is really coming to the fore.
As I have got older like a lot of guys particularly , my close vision has deteriorated so using my dear old dads winchester single shot target rifle with a rear apiture sight has become difficult especially when I am tired.
So I have invested in a Norinco EM332 bolt action .22lr rifle and fitted a bushnell banner 3-9 x 40 scope to it and a bipod, you may say a bit of an over kill for a norinco and small game, but I do say that this model norinco is a little cracker , shooting a 3 shot group in side a 10mm ring at 50 meters.
The 3-9 x 40 scope now allows me to head shoot rabbits 75 to 100 meters out into the large flat paddocks that we have been hunting, and I have to admit that it has been a while since I have been able to see well enough to do that.
Small game hunting has always been something that I have enjoyed and it is a great way to hone your skills and keep the dog up there too,so dont overlook those oportunities in between those deer trips.

Working at Seriously Outdoors

I was locally born and raised with a farming and hunting background, still enjoying as much time as I can on the farm. A love of the outdoors led me to Seriously Outdoor four and a half years ago.

At Seriously Outdoors we specialise in hunting, fishing and camping as well as local sporting needs.

Since working with the owner- Ken McCann, I have learnt a vast amount of knowledge through his experience in outdoor activities especially hunting and fishing – of which we both thoroughly enjoy.

From buying a rifle to shooting my first deer and teaching me to fly fish, Ken has helped me with all these, and that?s what we at Seriously Outdoors try to do with our customers from fitting out hunters with correct clothing and hunting equipment to passing on information about the river conditions.

We always enjoy having a catch up about the one that got away or that putt that didn?t go down.
As a women working in a predominately male environment I hope by example I can help break down the gender barriers and encourage other women to have a go at something they really love doing.

Salmon arrive at Piriaka.

Salmon arrive at Piriaka.
We have had a fair dumping of rain in the last week or two with the flow above Piriaka peaking at around 120 cumecs but fortunately dropping almost as fast as it rose, and we are back to 25 cumecs as i write this with clearing water that is fishable.

Our mate Lonny has been on the river in the last two days with some success in the reaches above Piriaka,and he reports the water is certainly cold.

On the 28th of may I wrote about Salmon being caught in Wanganui , well guess what , they arrived up here in the last 4 days with 3 fish caught around the Piriaka area, Unfortunately I don’t have any details of size or condition but we have heard this from 4 different fishermen so I am pretty sure it is fact.
When you think about how far these salmon have to swim it is a miracle that they make the journey and survive to spawn.

To all those who fish the Whanganuni over winter dont forget that from the 1st july the head waters are closed to the 1st october.The upper fishing limit is the junction with the Whakapapa, and it also closes for winter.

The caddis type patterns are good on the fly rod at present, and spinning any thing with red is good , and I believe 1 of the Salmon was caught on a 10 gm traffic light toby , so that blows the silver spinner theory out of the water.
So good luck and tight lines to you ALL.

Rain brings ducks back to ponds.

Well duck shooting is well under way, but on opening day alot of the farm ponds were almost dry so the guys who had a good pond with fresh water did ok and those who stalked the rivers would have seen alot of ducks.As to how many were shot that is always a question.

Ducks are usually pretty wary on rivers and you certaily have to pick your spot to shoot or the poor dog can have a long swim,especially on the Whanganui.

I did hear of a young dog that was retrieving on a river and after several good retrieves ,the next bird that was shoot landed on the other bank , the dog was sent and headed across the river .It located the bird then proceeded to dig a hole and bury the bird .No amount of sweet talking could pursuade the dog to change her mind, and she finally came back to have a sleep when the job was done.

The rain over the last week or so has freshened up ponds and dams and water is starting to settle in the middle of padocks so the ducks are enjoying the fresh water and food it has brought with it.

This season I invested in a neoprene dog vest for my dog Jaz and she certainly keeps warmer with it on. It took her a day to get use to wearing it, as it was different to the blaze vest I made for her for deer stalk in.
I feel it is important to care for your dog if you want your hunting companion to perform to the best of their ability.

Good luck for the rest of the duck season and we will be looking for a pheasant or two also.

Spring Hunting is great.

Well the days are warming up and the evenings are longer, so it is about time for some serious fishing. The Whanganui river below Piriaka is at 19m3/sec and clear, with that nice snow melt green colour, and the reports from 2 of our locals are the the action is starting to hot up with the Whanganui trout feeding well, so Sunday pm I will endeavor to test 1 of my spots.

Saltwater wise, surf casting has been slow, with torpedo’s catching some big snapper of Mokau. The charter boats out of Kawhia have been doing Ok but having to contend with some big swells, with a few locals feel a bit the worse for wear on the high seas.We are hopefully off out there on the 16th so will report after that.

Hunting for the crew at seriously outdoors has been successful over the last 2 weeks, with Freda downing a big red hind after a morning hunt, and my son Layton and I bagging 2 Fallow yearlings in a clearing last Saturday evening.This was my dog Jaz’s first successful deer hunt and now knows what all that sent that she finds leads to. She was quite funny when we had shot both deer and I sent her to “find”, she made a bee line for the first and checked it out then discovered the second deer about 15meters away was still moving and was going back and forth between the two deer looking very pleased with her self. I have to admit I was very pleased with her behavior during or stalk in to the clearing with all her senses and the way she indicated,so some more practice in the upcoming weeks should hold us in good stead for the Roar.

I had the first steaks the other night, melt in ya mouth stuff.

Working at Seriously Outdoors

I was locally born and raised with a farming and hunting background, still enjoying as much time as I can on the farm. A love of the outdoors led me to Seriously Outdoor four and a half years ago.

At Seriously Outdoors we specialise in hunting, fishing and camping as well as local sporting needs.

Since working with the owner- Ken McCann, I have learnt a vast amount of knowledge through his experience in outdoor activities especially hunting and fishing – of which we both thoroughly enjoy.

From buying a rifle to shooting my first deer and teaching me to fly fish, Ken has helped me with all these, and that?s what we at Seriously Outdoors try to do with our customers from fitting out hunters with correct clothing and hunting equipment to passing on information about the river conditions.

We always enjoy having a catch up about the one that got away or that putt that didn?t go down.
As a women working in a predominately male environment I hope by example I can help break down the gender barriers and encourage other women to have a go at something they really love doing.

Spring Fishing Up Date , ,

Welcome to the King Country once again for an update on spring fishing conditions.

The Whanganui river over the last week has been very coloured and flows have been up in the 165 cumec range and just as they start to receed we get more rain, so fishing has been very limited. We must remember it is spring and that is quite normal for us.

It certainly is making the grass grow and that will be good for farmers, and the hunters who make the effort on a fine evening to get out and check those bush edges and clearings.

Pigs appear to be out and about from the reports we are getting,and making a mess in those soft paddocks.

Changing tack slightly, reports from the West Coast are varied with the surf casters having to contend with big shoreline swells and dirty water, while the charter boats are starting to report the larger snapper are arriving with good numbers of gurnard and kahawai in attendance also.

So good luck to one and all who venture out to do their thing.