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Hi from New Zealand

Found this site the other day and thought I'd sign up.
My name's Maarty and I'm in Waikanae which is a small town outside Wellington New Zealand. I've been hunting, fishing and trapping pretty much all my life and I've always had an interest in hunting in the States, especially Bear and Moose although recently I've also gotten interested in hunting Cougar. I've also always wanted to run a trap line in the Rockies or Alaska.
For now I'll make do with reading about the adventures you guys have until my kids have grown and hopefully I can get over there.

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Re: Hi from New Zealand

Welcome to BGH Maarty! Big smile

What do you hunt and trap in New Zealand? We would enjoy seeing photos and reading your stories as well!

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Thats funny, I live in the United States but always dreamed of hunting in New Zealand. Welcome to the site Hello

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cowgal wrote:
Welcome to BGH Maarty! Big smile

What do you hunt and trap in New Zealand? We would enjoy seeing photos and reading your stories as well!

We have seven species of deer here, Red, Sika, Rusa, Sambar, Fallow, whitetails and wapiti as well as chamois, thar, pigs, goats, wallabies,rabbits and hares, brushtail possums. There's also Turkeys, ducks, swans, pukekos, quail, pheasants and geese.
I live just outside the capital city and have shot game within sight of the city a few times. Waikanae is situated between the foothills of the Tararua ranges (where I do most of my hunting etc) and the Tasman sea, our home is at the base of the hills and we look out over the flats to the coast and Kapiti island (where most of our crayfish come from), we have the Waikanae river running round from a valley behind us and out along the edge of town to the sea so we can fish for trout, hunt in the hills and fish in the sea all within a 10-15 minute drive.
I usually hunt red deer, simply because they are the most common and they can be found locally but within two hours drive I can hunt sika, fallow and sambar. Goats and pigs are wide spread right through the country.
I personally trap possums, rabbits and stoats and ferrets. Possum fur is worth anywhere from $75NZ to $150NZ per kilo of plucked fur.
We also fish for trout and eels in the rivers locally and salt water fishing for Snapper, kahawai is within a five minute drive of home and Tuna etc can be caught just off the coast here in summer. We get to enjoy a lot of seafoods, crabs, crayfish (lobster) paua (abalone) and a lot of different shellfish as well as normal fish.

I'll put up some stories and pictures when I get a chance

Hunter777, I'll swap places with you some time.

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Re: Hi from New Zealand

Hello and welcome to BGH forum. My dad has told me that both islands of New Zealand are the most beautiful and most spectacular places he had ever been to. I've been to a lot of remote places on the globe but never NZ. Hope to see it some day.

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WesternHunter wrote:
Hello and welcome to BGH forum. My dad has told me that both islands of New Zealand are the most beautiful and most spectacular places he had ever been to. I've been to a lot of remote places on the globe but never NZ. Hope to see it some day.

Thanks, it is a beautiful place, if you ever get out here feel free to contact me.

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Re: Hi from New Zealand

Welcome Maarty!

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Welcome to BGH, Maarty! I'm another one of those who would love to get down there someday. Nice to have you aboard. Politics, game, climate, and equipment may vary, but hunters are hunters. We haven't had a lot of Kiwis on the forum, so I look forward to your perspective.

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Hey! Welcome!

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Hay hows it going from Canada AEH. Lots of good people on this sight and great atalk about my favorite pass time " hunting" Kiwi "country looks totaly amazing every type of land and terain on the planet in one country. Love to hunt there some day. Thumbs up
Regards fisherking

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"Hunter777, I'll swap places with you some time."

Alright, when? Big smile

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