Nz Tahr Hunt

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by petenz, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    I went for a walk this week to see if I could get a friend of mine his first Tahr, and also to get some meat for the freezer,

    Hunting on public land, we walked in to the hut on Tuesday night - 4 1/2 hours from the car park and about 1800 vertical feet higher. About halfway into the walk I spotted a small mob of tahr crossing a scree slope a way up from the valley floor and got my mate into position for a shot, he dropped this nanny from 220 yards with my .243.


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    We took the meat and continued in to the hut. Next morning we were up and about not long after dawn, spotted various small groups of tahr feeding around the valley. We decided to leave them, and climbed higher to have a look for a bull... none were seen except this one hanging below a helicopter which was a bit of a bummer

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    mid afternoon we located a mob of 8 nannies feeding fairly low down in some tussocky scrub, got as close as we could, and set up for the shot, 548 yards, zero wind, the Sako .243 did the job

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    With a fair bit of meat we decided that would do us, and walked back out in an un-expected rainstorm, which was not particularly pleasant


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    Car park is out in the main valley in the distance


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    Tahr country
     
  2. misty

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    thats a lovely part of the world ,the 243 is a fab little round shot a rabbit at 705 yards with my tikka
     

  3. gbp

    gbp Well-Known Member

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    good looking country there
    sounds like you had a good hunt, nice shooting also!!

    I'll be headed your way next month for stag
     
  4. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    nicely done! I've always wanted to get out to your neck of the woods, looks incredible. maybe one day :rolleyes:
     
  5. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Nice shot mate !

    I just love hunting those big shaggy ones !

    Great long, long range potential !

    Cheers

    DUH
     
  6. JAWZ

    JAWZ Well-Known Member

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    Mate those tahr are top chewing as well wish i could bring my meat home with me.

    Ps Nice country , what area?
     
  7. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    Rangitata


    They are very very good eating
     
  8. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    Good trip Pete, the snow just before Easter obviuosly had all disappeared!
    That is good shooting shooting at 548 yds with a 243!

    I'm heading out myself in mid-May and then again over Queen's birthday.

    Stu.
     
  9. JAWZ

    JAWZ Well-Known Member

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    Yeh thats where i hunted over there . We were on private property in the Havelock arm of the Rangitata.
    Absolutly mind blowingly beautiful place.

    Also were they had the wooden fort of Rohan in the middle of the valley .
     
  10. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Congrats fellas! Great looking country. tks
     
  11. MN Hunter

    MN Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I would love to hunt in an area like that someday. Thanks for sharing the hunt.