Hunting here in NZ is typically a full on weekend backpacking in several hours, setting up camp and then hunting several hours walk beyond camp. I took off this weekend hoping to chase down a red deer. I Picked a spot on the map, never been there but it looked like it would be a decent spot to try because its difficult to get to (4-5 mile walk with a1500ft vertical climb up and over a mountain saddle) with no trail, walking up along a river bed. The typical hunt in NZ.
getting off trail can provide some amazing scenery.
an unusually calm weekend, typically the wind is hollering up at this elevation.
Here’s the meadow I was making for, thought the deer might browse there at dusk. Turns out that the nice sunny meadow was actually super soggy underfoot, with boggy spots hidden by the tussocks. Made for slow squelchy walking.
not a trophy by any means, just a small yearling. though walking out 4 miles with all of the meat, made a really long day and sore feet.