11 01, 2018

Mountain Hunt Preparation, Shooting and Mental attitude

By |2020-12-21T20:34:27+13:00January 11th, 2018|JOMH Articles|

Shooting In mountain hunting pulling the trigger is less than 1% of the hunt, but it is very crucial. As a guide, a missed shot can be one of the most frustrating things on a hunt, all the hard work to get into a good position and then a miss. This is difficult for any hunter to deal with, especially if you have spent a lot of time, money and effort on getting to that shot position which is normally the case. A wounded animal is an even more frustrating situation. There are an enormous number of factors that come [...]

3 12, 2017

Mountain Hunt Preparation, Gear and Fitness

By |2020-12-20T21:09:15+13:00December 3rd, 2017|JOMH Articles|

It goes without saying that a little goes a long way when it comes to preparing for a hunt, especially a mountain hunt where your gear and fitness can have a significant impact on your success and enjoyment. Through the years of my guiding and personal hunting I’ve noticed some things that work well, and more importantly the things that don’t. As a guide, I have the privilege of getting to ‘test’ and view a lot more gear and ideas than I would ever be able to recreationally. These are my observations, opinions and advice, and at the end of [...]

25 06, 2017

Why I don’t use trekking poles!?!

By |2020-12-20T19:38:51+13:00June 25th, 2017|JOMH Articles|

Trekking poles have swooped in and taken over the mountain hunting scene in North America and are starting to appear elsewhere as well. Trekking poles are a great tool when used in the right terrain and can save your knees and small falls. But there is a tool that far exceeds the uses of the walking pole while in the mountains. The axe. Ice axes are often seen as a tool for ice and climbers. This is true a lot of the time but a good quality walking axe has a huge variety of uses and it is this versatility [...]

7 05, 2016

The Red Deer of New Zealand

By |2020-12-20T08:42:52+13:00May 7th, 2016|JOMH Articles|

There is probably no other species in New Zealand that has as much confusion and controversy surrounding it than the Red stag. I hope to give an overview of the history of red deer in New Zealand and help people better understand what they can expect from a stag hunt here. Red deer(Cervus elaphus) are native throughout Europe, parts of Asia and North Africa, and there are numerous sub-species. They were liberated multiple times across New Zealand during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The original liberations were from English game parks and Scottish stock. During the early days red deer were [...]

5 04, 2016

New Zealand: What’s All The Fuss About?

By |2020-12-20T08:22:08+13:00April 5th, 2016|JOMH Articles|

If you haven’t heard about hunting in New Zealand by now, you must have been living under a rock somewhere. But amidst all the hype and debates about high-fence, DIY vs guided and everything in between you’ve likely been left with more questions than answers. If you’re a serious, free-range mountain and wilderness hunter like me, NZ can be a confusing place to suss out. First off a little about myself. I grew up on a sheep and beef farm on the rural South Island of New Zealand hunting feral goats, pigs and Red deer as a small boy. By [...]

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