Hunting for food (in New Zealand)

livinglandnz

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😲😲😲 Wow, that's a long walk in to even hunt! Is there nothing closer, easier? Have you considered a pack animal? No such adventures in my area, so utterly amazing to even consider.

Here, the white tales are fat and sassy on croplands, hiding in woods during day, mostly. I'm in Virginia, USA. Hunters take them dawn and dusk. State requires license to hunt.
There are easier deer to hunt but many people including myself like to go quite far into the forests/parks for the experience and to see country most others are too lazy to walk to. The areas are far too rough to take a pack animal they just wouldn't get in. Its also just the culture of our hunting...Walk miles and carry it out on our back :D
 

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Some areas are very rugged with the bush and mountains, its just not possible to carry the entire animal on my back when it could be a 7-8 hour walk back out to the road.
Wow, that's a whole different world! DH goes out to his heated hunting stand in his pajamas. Harvests a deer, guts it. Then showers, goes to work. At lunch time (the weather is near freezing temperature during hunting season) he drives the tractor out, drags the deer in, and hangs it in his cold room.

The most adventure we've had is once a deer ran and he lost the track. He called a man who has a hound dog that tracks blood trails. The dog found it! The deer had fallen down a steep river bank. That was a tough one to get pulled out to where he could get it with the tractor.... but nothing compared to your hunting style! Wow!
 

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That's a lot of meat. Helps tons on grocery bill I bet.

I know Oregon requires you to purchase a license, then put in for the tag lottery for specific areas. Usually as a hunting group. Dad is going with my brother and his friends this autumn if they get tags. Probably Dad's last time. Brother is group leader to organize them. Deer have been on the decline since the state said cougar couldn't be shot anymore and the damn things kill all the fawns, then go into town and kill pets and hunt kids. But they only enforce that outside of the big cities like Portland. If one shows up on the outskirts of Portland they shoot it.

We haven't looked much into the laws here in Washington but I know it's pretty restricted just like Oregon because of the low deer numbers. I can't remember which Game Management Unit we are in, but rifles are restricted because of plot sizes around here, and you can't hunt deer or wapiti with a shotgun here. We've thought about trying for a bow tag for deer. Can just sit outside and wait for the pests to come for a drink or to chew on my trees.
 

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Wow that's a lot of rules, the only legal rule here is you are not allowed to take a .22 into the national parks because all birds are protected. We have made Canada geese a pest a few years back though. Anything here with four legs is fair game no matter what time of year.
 
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