Original article featured in New Zealand Deerstalkers’ newsletter (Jan/feb 2011) – Written by Chaz Forsyth
The responsibilities of hunters
Today the widespread availability of instant communication, of 20 second ‘sound bites’, and of ready access to information (as opposed to ‘knowledge’) empowers us all, and imposes responsibility too. Hopefully, wisdom will emerge from all this.
So it is with firearms. Owning something capable of punching as projectile clean through a target, be it living or inanimate, implies responsibilities and rights which are easily taken for granted.
Firearm misuse and motor vehicle misuse
The daily news inevitably catalogues the latest road incident, often involving “accidental” injury, or worse, and the outcomes of those incidents where people attempt to escape Police by speeding away from a scene. Media interest in such events is intense, whereas the millions of safe road users rarely rate a mention, which parallels the situation for arms owners.
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To view the Hastings’ NZDA sponsored stag, just download the file below and open in Google Earth. By adjusting the time slider you can view the stag’s day-to-day activities for a whole year. Note that the sun and moon patterns can be turned on and off to help understand his daily patterns.
Download the NZDA sponsored stag file here
Download the enhanced tracklog file for the year
PDF of the slides for the Hastings NZDA Sika Tracking presentation at conference 2013
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Enclosed in the mail to the branches and available electronically on request
1. TAUPO BRANCH PRIZE SHOOT
Saturday November 3 2012, Jack Dillon Memorial Range, Taupo which includes the Big Balls Hunter Class Shoot.
For further information contact Margaret Seal email@example.com or phone 07 378 9630
2. CENTRAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 20/21 OCTOBER 2012
Due to the poor turnout lately at the regional/North Island shoots and because this is also Labour Weekend entries in the above competitions will be required in advance notification of entries by Friday 12th October.
If there are less than 10 entries the shoot will be cancelled. This is because there is a fair amount of work behind the scenes to organize these shoots and it is very disappointing for a competitor to drive 5 or 6 hours to find only two other competitors as happened with the Waikato Regionals recently. If the shoot is cancelled those who have entered will be advised personally.
For more info and entries contact Malcolm Perry Phone 07 348 4473 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A letter to members asking for support in stopping the proposed tunnel in Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks.
For further information, a fact sheet visit www.stopthetunnel.co.nz or to sign the petition go into www.gopetition.org
Our discount has been extended to now include travel for 2013
REMEMBER you must have your membership card to show at check in. If you do not you’re your membership card, then you will be charged retail fares.
2. SPORTWAYS DISTRIBUTORS
· DVD free to each branch featuring Sauer rifles and Aimpoint scopes.
· A chance to see how hunters operate on the other side of the world in a Hungarian boar shoot
3. NZ OUTDOOR HUNTING MAGAZINE
Deal for branches and members
· 1 free subscription for the branch president
· 1 box of back issues to hand out at the next meeting
· 3 x free subs for branch prize draw
· One year sub special price $44.90
SEEKING OUT NEW ZEALAND’S OLDEST HUNTER
New Zealand’s oldest hunting magazine is looking for New Zealand’s oldest hunter. This gives everyone the opportunity to nominate their father, grandfather, uncle, or a dear old friend for a new competition, to be launched in conjunction with the NZ Outdoor hunting magazine’s 75th birthday.
There‘s no doubt that there are plenty of seasoned hunters in New Zealand who can share some great hunting stories. Besides being a veteran hunter with plenty of good tales to tell, the person nominated still needs to be hunting in some capacity.
To nominate someone, people are asked to send in a 300 – 500 word profile of the person they think deserves to win, explaining with as much colour as possible why they think he should be the winner. The entry must also include photos – past and present – of this person hunting.
The winner will be selected on the 1st of November, and announced in the magazine’s December/January issue. New Zealand’s oldest hunter will receive an unforgettable guided hunting experience to be enjoyed with a companion on a remote station in the Wanganui hills.
This 2-night/3-day hunting adventure is to be hosted by professional hunting guide Barry Hogg of New Zealand Outfitters. Travel ex Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga or Waiuru, country style cooked meals, cosy lodging and hunting will all be covered. A trophy will also be presented to the winner and a special feature of their story will be published in the NZ Outdoor hunting magazine.
For more information contact Debra Quaadgras Phone 07 543 5325 or email@example.com