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Stunning South Westland scenery.

Roar Emotion

My hunting focus was simple enough – to bag my best stag on public land. I didn’t have a number of points, length, spread or Douglas Score in mind.

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This younger bull is still chasing nannies at the end of June.

Alpine Hunting! Part Two – Animal Behaviour

Alpine animals have a certain beauty and grace at all times, but the extreme conditions of wintry weather in combination with the heights and sheerness of the terrain they inhabit underscore this magnificence and emphasise how perfectly they’ve evolved to fill a very difficult and specialised niche.

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Prime country with not a single deer seen.

The Journey

With the date of my first-period Wanaka Roar ballot block approaching fast, I was spending hours analysing the topography of my destination.

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Several days into the trip, those perfect conditions we all dream of finally arrived.

How Fly Fishing Changed My Life

Fly fishing for some may just be a hobby, an excuse to get some time out from life and take a breath. But for others it can become a huge part of life and have a profound effect on how they live, where they live it and essentially, who they are.

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You don’t want to be disturbed over here. Photo: Jason Kelly

Trout Fishing Etiquette

There should be no need to mention this subject, but some anglers unfortunately do not demonstrate courtesy. A fisherman will not appreciate the trout being scared off by a disturbance.

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