Yeah, you can hunt deer, if you now land owners and where they are. But I have lived over that way since I was 5 and have personally never seen one, although other locals including my old man have. So would be really hit and miss for them, but I can probably take you in after some Goats if you want, that is unless DOC actually did the cull properly this time and killed them all off.
Hey Terry how are you,Im just starting out with bushcraft realy , but i have read quite a bit and watched a lot of Ray mears and some others.I am into making knives from old files at the moment (seem to be working out ok) and the odd survival kit, especialy after the earthquake.all te best Paul
Thanks for the welcome, excuse my English but a little bad, I'm practicing Bushcraft and here in Spain (Barcelona) usually do daily practice, hang the videos and pictures for you to know this and my knowledge.
I have permission for the Doc land on Banks Peninsula, but they place to many obstacles in your way to effectively trap it, so I do not trap it. Doc is only really interested in poisoning as they do not allow trappers to trap in an effective way, not so bad on Banks Peninsula as we have no ground dwelling native birds to supposedly worry about. Most Doc land you can not blaze your trail, you can not cut trail, you have to set traps off the ground at a certain height with a ramp at a certain angle, they banned the good traps and made you use the ones that performed the worst in testing. Fairly soon they are going to ban them and make you use padded traps which are useless, they just want their 100 million a year from the Government to poison. In case you can't tell I have a bee in my bonnet about these modern Nazi's. They are about to spend $1000,000 on culling basically non existent Deer on Banks Peninsula. They knocked over the goats in a forestry area I trap but did not asked permission to do so in part of the forestry owned by another company, and imported hunters from Auckland to do it instead of the local guys that do it for a living. Not sure what or who they think they are, so I now avoid any dealings with DOC.
(Terry) Nah not really, I've always used modern equipment in the outdoors, but I'm really attracted to the idea of relying on knowledge and skill rather than equipment in the bush. I suppose the more insulated and shrink wrapped our lives become the more appealing honest, fundametal skills become to me. I've started to feel a bit handicapped, as though I'm attached to an artificial lung - pretty much relying on what I can buy to get by. My wife and I just had our first baby 2 weeks ago, and when the time comes I'd really like to introduce him to the bush at ground level - rather than starting with a trip to Bivouac to buy the things we need.... :-)
Besides, I'm a fan of Ray Mears - it's impossible not to be inspired by him to simplify things and get back to basics.
How about yourself? Judging by your photos you're a bit of a bushman.
How were you effected by the quake??