NEW ZEALAND: First Goat Hunt For 2019

Discussion in 'Hunting Reports Australia & New Zealand' started by Von Gruff, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,593
    Video/Photo:
    939
    Likes Received:
    2,894
    Hunted:
    New Zealand, Austaralia
    I met my good friend Foster at the gate to the 25000 acre station where I have a key to the locked gate and after transfering his gear to my landcruiser we headed off up to the first stopping point at the saddle. Having seen deer on previous visits in this basin with its gully system we unlimbered my 6.5x57 and Fosters AR 300BO and set off round to the first vantage point which probably does not conveying the type of terrain that is here in the NZ high country with the mataghouri and spaniard that leave you with myriad spike marks up and down the legs by the end of the day as it is just not possible to get to where we wanted to go without pushing through some of the waist high mataghouri (always dodge the spaniard though) unless we spent a great deal more time and endless detours to get around to the set of rocks where we can see the valley in front of us.
    This particular area has one gully system that is all within about 300 yds and so anything see is going to be a reasonable shot but the face goes off with more ridges and gullies that are all way to open so stalking is just not going to be possible if anything is seen which happened to the case this trip.
    We saw the first 3 fallow being a doe with last two years young in tow at 450yds but heading away toward another two small groups going out to over 1300yds with 7 seen all together. We may not have had a shot oportunity but sitting there on the rocks and glassing them was a very nice start to the trip.
    After returning to the truck we set off round to the bluffs but stopped at the first observation point
    IMG_20190124_184955.jpg
    You can see the fresh dusting of snow that cane through in the previous few days and while it may be mid summer it is high enough here that the wind coming up from the southern ocean often brings a bit of the snow with it.
    For the goats I take my 6.5 Grendel-Max and so we walked down to the first of the observation points over this part of the property and saw the first of the goats for the trip. A small mob of 6 was resting in the sun with a couple of the younger ones wandering about among them. They were down about 100yds and the steepness of the slope and fresh legs did not warn of of what it would take to get them out after they were shot but after Foster and I were both settled he offered me first shot and as thee nanny of the group had a big white patch on her side so that was my first target and then it was on with goats moving in different directions making it a quick reload to get on to the next one which for me was a very pretty mottled grey one, then black one and by this time any remaining goats had decamped. Foster was not pleased with his shooting and didn't report a hit so it was the climb down to gather the ones I had shot.



    While I was field dressing the firsts two Foster bought up the third one and set off looking for the fourth one and while he did see some blood he wasn't able to locate it. This mataghouri is sometimes so thick that you can be within a coupe of feet of the animal without seeing it but I was confident that I had got 4 with the four shots but as sometimes happens had to leave one for the hawks

    but he managed to see another one and his 300BO accounted for it so while he was dealing with that I started the climb out with the three I had


    We finally made it back to the truck and set up the skinning rack and the boning table and I got the first of the two little ones hung up and skinned. I take the back straps and tenderloins then take the shoullder off and bone it out before cutting the back legs off and leaving the carcase for the birds and worms. I only take the usable off the hill and with 6 one liter salt water bottles frozen in the chilly bin (salt water freezes colder and thaws slower) there is room for meat this way and when I get me there is only the bagging and freezing to be done.
    IMG_20190124_185358.jpg
     
    CAustin, Jfet, ChrisPy and 2 others like this.

  2. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,593
    Video/Photo:
    939
    Likes Received:
    2,894
    Hunted:
    New Zealand, Austaralia
    After getting the meat all stowed in the truck and the gear away we went round to the bluffs and stopped for lunch before going for a loom into them hoping that the mob we had seen earlier had wandered round this far but while we saw two they were too far away and still moving so we sat and watched an native falcon hunt for a while before it perched on a rock about 50yds away so it was a pleasant way to spend some time enjoying the ate afternoon warmth. We decided to go round to the old stone hut and its catchment which required us to go back to the saddle where we went to the look for the deer and as this was ony 30 minutes from the gunsmith we drove back down the track and out to his place so I could go over the next stage of the work he is doing on a VZ24 action for me.
    Then it was back up the hill to the saddle and onto the old stone hut track. This is a track to test the driving ability as it is very steep in parts and heavily rutted with a 3 to 5 mph speed about all that can be done for the most of the 40 to 50 minutes it takes to get round to the hut with big elevation changes on the way both up and down. Settled in for the evening and wokje to 5C or 41F and while many of you are in mid winter this is our mid summer so the drop in temp is noticable. We left it till about 8am to go for a look as goats are creatures that like warmth and often wait for sun up to start moving but tem minutes from the hut and on the far side of the basin we saw a pair of goats that were about 300 yds away with good cover to get to just over 200 where Foster said it was probably too far for his BO (or maybe his confidence) so I got as bead on the first one and it dropped to the shot. The second one was still there but had moved off another 40-50 yds so it was a slightly hurried shot. Foster was able to see the bullet contrail and said it was a good hit but just behind the ribcage. The goat walked over the ridge so we set off to recover them and when we found the second one it showed a liver shot so both being very nice (and butter fat) 2 years olds
    IMG_20190125_090006.jpg
    IMG_20190125_090215.jpg
    I had a good supply of meat for the freezer so with them dressed out and in the chilly bin we made ready to leave this wonderfulll part of the country with 6 goats in the bin so when we got to the edge of the basin and the start of the uphill track I took one last short video to show our happy placeand we headed off back down to the locked gate where Foster transfered his goat and gear to his truch and we headed for our respective homes.
     
    ufg8r93 likes this.

  3. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    4,920
    Video/Photo:
    196
    Likes Received:
    4,688
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hunted:
    South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
    What a fun time in an awesome place! Thanks for sharing!
     
    Von Gruff likes this.

  4. BRICKBURN

    BRICKBURN AH ENABLER SUPER MODERATOR CONTRIBUTOR LIFETIME TITANIUM BENEFACTOR AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    Messages:
    21,765
    Video/Photo:
    411
    Likes Received:
    14,358
    Hunted:
    Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
    Thanks for sharing your hunt.
    I thought the first skinned carcass was a hind quarter, until I looked more closely.
    Mighty small targets.
     

  5. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,593
    Video/Photo:
    939
    Likes Received:
    2,894
    Hunted:
    New Zealand, Austaralia
    Yes that was one of the small ones and probably was only 1/3 grown but the adults are considerably heavier with a lot more meat to be had from them
     

  6. BRICKBURN

    BRICKBURN AH ENABLER SUPER MODERATOR CONTRIBUTOR LIFETIME TITANIUM BENEFACTOR AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    Messages:
    21,765
    Video/Photo:
    411
    Likes Received:
    14,358
    Hunted:
    Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
    Always interesting to see how other folks hunt and process game.
     
    Von Gruff likes this.

  7. Shootist43

    Shootist43 AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2015
    Messages:
    4,600
    Video/Photo:
    22
    Likes Received:
    3,692
    Location:
    Grosse Ile, Michigan
    Member of:
    NRA
    Hunted:
    Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Limpopo Province South Africa
    Von Gruff, that is some tough landscape. For me to hunt there I'd need a pack animal of some kind, like a donkey that was born wild in those hills, caught and then domesticated. Have you guys started planning your next hunt? Thanks for sharing your story, photos and videos.
     
    Von Gruff likes this.

  8. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    4,920
    Video/Photo:
    196
    Likes Received:
    4,688
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hunted:
    South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
    That’s the size game I wouldn’t mind packing out:D:ROFLMAO::LOL:!
     
    Rick Cox likes this.

  9. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,593
    Video/Photo:
    939
    Likes Received:
    2,894
    Hunted:
    New Zealand, Austaralia
    get three of them together and it start to add up though and put them at the bottom of some steep country and all of a sudden it is a different prospect. :LOL:
     
    Shootist43 and Ridgewalker like this.

  10. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,593
    Video/Photo:
    939
    Likes Received:
    2,894
    Hunted:
    New Zealand, Austaralia
    Be a while till we eat our way through this one Art but will get back before the block get shut down in may when the tracks become impassable and the wethers are put out there for the winter
     
    Shootist43 and Clayton d like this.

  11. Nyati

    Nyati AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    7,052
    Video/Photo:
    103
    Likes Received:
    2,306
    Location:
    Madrid, Spain
    Member of:
    RFEC, RFETO
    Hunted:
    Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
    Congrats, seems like you guys had fun !
     
    Von Gruff likes this.

  12. Jfet

    Jfet AH Elite

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2013
    Messages:
    1,178
    Video/Photo:
    55
    Likes Received:
    1,494
    Member of:
    Outdoor Tomorrow Foundation,NRA, Life Member DSC
    Hunted:
    Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Namibia, South Africa, and Now Spain
    Amazing hunt!
     
    Von Gruff likes this.

  13. CAustin

    CAustin AH ENABLER BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    13,206
    Video/Photo:
    216
    Likes Received:
    9,451
    Member of:
    Courtney Hunting Club, NRA Life Member, SCI Kansas City Chapter
    Hunted:
    South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Kalahari, Northwest, Limpopo, Gauteng, APNR Kruger Area. USA Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas
    Great hunt report! Thanks for sharing
     
    Von Gruff likes this.

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice