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NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Scribe » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:20 am

Please put your own photo of a favourite hut, tentcamp or campsite.
Back in the 1930's it was decided that Deer Pigs and Goat numbers had increased so that animal control was required.
In these far off early days deer control was first exercised by Deer Cullers who were employed by the Aclimatetization Society. The vast herds of deer then inhabiting our alpine and forest areas were not to be killed but culled hence the name Deer Culler. Better animals were to be left to breed and the inferior were to be shot out.
Due to a shortage of rifles, ammunition and man power during the war years 1939 to 1945 wild animal numbers all over the country became dangerously out of control. Farms, river flats, and alpine snow grass and tussock had by now been badly eaten out. Nature would, as it does everywhere in the world, have eventually achieved a balance after the palatable plants had been eaten out. Evidence is there that nature was working its magic as many wild animals were no longer breeding.
Soon after the war Animal Control was taken over by the Department of Internal Affairs who organised extensive culling (killing operations) in most of the substantive Forests and Alpine areas of New Zealand. Under the guardianship of DIA the first tent Camps were built and later a few huts made their appearance in areas that had not seen such structures
since a few musterer's huts had been constructed over the previous century.

The New Zealand Forest Service came into being and took up the reins of Animal Control in the Fifties. In the Sixties the Forest Service continued the role of building Tent Camps but embarked upon an extensive hut building program for Animal Control purposes which is responsible for many of the huts in the back country that we enjoy today. Some huts that were privately built on Forest Service land were taken over by the Forest Service and maintained and stocked with food for Cullers who were shooting the area.

The Department of Conservation took over this network of Huts and Tracks in 1987. Some huts were removed then and others allowed to decay. Many back country tracks were allowed to close over and swing bridges were removed as DOC's focus changed to Animal Control by Aerial Poison instead of by Hunters. DOC's attention by then was fixed on the easier more popular huts that could be rebuilt as lodges sleeping many people and tracks that could be turned into highways that attracted the tourist dollar.
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS AND TENT CAMPS

Postby Scribe » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:32 am

This photo of Bruce Hut is by and of Chris Satherley. Jim Warren is seated just inside the door. This is a bush edge hut high on the edge of the tussock on Bruce Ridge.
It was built privately by the Bruce family and it was popular with Hunters and Cullers. Cut out of beech and built log cabin style the only touch of civilization was the flat iron roof, door and chimney. This hut was situated well along the Mokai Range and was the only hut that allowed a hunter his early morning and late evening hunts in this quite vast amount of what would have to be described as easy alpine meadow.Image
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Rushy » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:25 pm

Great start to a thread Scribe, I must try and find a few of Skip's, Rodgers, Golden Hills and Sandy Bay as they are about the only ones I think I have photographed.
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Happy » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:50 pm

Scribe wrote:Please put your own photo of a favourite hut, tentcamp or campsite.
Back in the 1930's it was decided that Deer Pigs and Goat numbers had increased so that animal control was required.
In these far of early days deer control was first exercised by Deer Cullers who were employed by the Aclimatetization Society. The vast herds of deer then inhabiting our alpine and forest areas were not to be killed but culled hence the name Deer Culler. Better animals were to be left to breed and the inferior were to be shot out.
Due to a shortage of rifles, ammunition and man power during the war years 1939 to 1945 wild animal numbers all over the country became dangerously out of control. Farms, river flats, and alpine snow grass and tussock had by now been badly eaten out. Nature would, as it does everywhere in the world, have eventually achieved a balance after the palatable plants had been eaten out. Evidence is there that nature was working its magic as many wild animals were no longer breeding.
Soon after the war Animal Control was taken over by the Department of Internal Affairs who organised extensive culling (killing operations) in most of the substantive Forests and Alpine areas of New Zealand. Under the guardianship of DIA the first tent Camps were built and later a few huts made their appearance in areas that had not seen such structures
since a few musterer's huts had been constructed over the previous century.

The New Zealand Forest Service came into being and took up the reins of Animal Control in the Fifties. In the Sixties the Forest Service continued the role of building Tent Camps but embarked upon an extensive hut building program for Animal Control purposes which is responsible for many of the huts in the back country that we enjoy today. Some huts that were privately built on Forest Service land were taken over by the Forest Service and maintained and stocked with food for Cullers who were shooting the area.

The Department of Conservation took over this network of Huts and Tracks in 1986. Some huts were removed then and others allowed to decay. Many back country track was allowed to close over and swing bridges were removed as DOC's focus changed to Animal Control by Aerial Poison instead of by Hunters. DOC's attention by then was fixed on the easier more popular huts that could be rebuilt as lodges sleeping many people and tracks that could be turned into highways that attracted the tourist dollar.


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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Rushy » Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:07 am

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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Scribe » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:57 am

Brand new Kawhatau Base and the old tent camp, NW Ruahines. Note Hunters are still living in the Tent Camp.
Photo dated 1966 by Chris Satherley.
I got in to this culling game a bit later than most I was 22. I had just completed a 3 year tour of duty with the NZ Army. Life in the NZ Forest Service for myself and many others began at a Base Camp like this in one of the many Ranges and Forests of back Country New Zealand.Image
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Postby Scribe » Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:48 pm

Brads wrote:Is there anything left there scribe?


Yes the Base Camp is still intact. When we were last up the valley we could not get to Kawhatau Base camp as the farmer had closed the access and now you have to walk the nine Kilometres up the river from down near the twin bridges.

Shitty going now the river flats are covered in lupin's and very risky in anything but good weather because of rising river levels.
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Scribe » Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:30 pm

McKinnon Hut.. Another great hut, but a long hard pull from anywhere to get to it.
It is situated on a ridge on the tussock/bush edge on the Hikurangi Range which contains the highest peak in the Ruahine Ranges. This photo I got from Google and is of a lot later date than the time I refer to. You can tell from the modern style packs, we only used Trapper Nelson and Mountain Mule packs. The Hut is little changed and only the water tank is a new edition. We got our water out of a seep that we had dug out. In the old time style of the hut the open fire has been retained. The range and tussock country behind the hut and across the Kawhatau River is the Mokai Range.
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