NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

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

Postby Scribe » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:05 am

Ruahine Corner Hut. Photo by Dick Gill. The greatest little hut on the planet until they wrecked it.
The fools replaced it with Remutupo Hut from out of the headwaters of the Mangatera River thereby wrecking two perfectly good hunting areas.
Ruahine Corner got its name from the fact it is a Corner of Public Land that sits on the edge of the Mangoahane Plateau.
It is surrounded by beautiful and productive alpine tussock land with many Tarns. It once had a vehicle track to it that snaked for many miles across the tussock but that has totally washed out now. It was a important camp for our meat hunting enterprise being in such good horse country. Wild Dogs were a real problem in the first years we meat hunted the area. There is an airstrip but it is seldom used as the strip is only one way down hill and the wind does not always play the game and come from the right direction. I have been the passenger in a couple pretty ropey downwind takeoffs. I have seen several planes sitting out in the tussock that had to be retrieved after unsuccessful takeoff runs. Fog and low cloud also destroy the travel plans of aviators using this strip
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Scribe » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:59 pm

This is an Internet Photo. The owners name is on it.
Finally they have put this hut back on the bush edge not far from where the old Ruahine Corner Hut used to stand, thank God.
For years it sat forlornly out in the tussock near the airstrip.
There never was a more bleak, cold, wind blown, more miserable site in the whole Ruahines.Image
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Scribe » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:20 pm

Smyths Hut. Private Land.
I have spent many nights in this hut on trapping and hunting expeditions. A comfortable hut with a good supply of game.

We took many thousands of possums out of this area and the Plateau in general. The annex was built for drying skins and we have completely rebuilt it at least once.
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Postby Scribe » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:25 pm

Our meat safe at Smyths Hut
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Postby Scribe » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:28 pm

The whole dang Family and a few friends at Smyths Hut.
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby BushHunter » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:55 pm

Nice collection of story's in here Scribe.

You spend all your time in the Ruahine's or did you get to cull/hunt other parts of the country ?
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Scribe » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:51 am

BushHunter wrote:Nice collection of story's in here Scribe.

You spend all your time in the Ruahine's or did you get to cull/hunt other parts of the country ?


Mostly the Ruahine's and mostly the North Western then I moved to Taupo to work on the machines so I got to know a lot of the Kaweka, Kaimamawas and Hauhungaroas. Moved to Taneatua and had a jet boat and hunted mostly the Urewera.s. Later worked on contract for DOC and Landcare Research doing Post and Pre Poisom monitoring (1080) mostly in Wanganui National Park but also a bit down the West Coast and Nelson Lakes.
Ran a few courses for Pest Controllers out of Picton and the Sounds and in the Marlborough High Country which was my last real job.
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Scribe » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:26 pm

Saved For last. Makirikiri the best damned hunting area in the NW Ruahine's. The only real penetration the Sika have achieved in the North Western Ruahines
A Jim Warren Photo. The Photo is of Jim Warren and Sandy Dickinson.Image

The hut with 100 stories. We spent much of the first winter we were married in this hut. My first daughter was conceived in this general vicinity.
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Re: NEW ZEALANDS GREAT HUNTING HUTS, TENTCAMPS AND CAMP SITES

Postby Rushy » Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:01 pm

In the general area. Classic Scribe.
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Postby Dundee » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:41 pm

He is a big brute on the right
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