Deer Processing Course – July

July 31 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Bloke is about getting you up and away from your electronic device and into the great outdoors.

However, before you do so, we hope to also impart some knowledge and skills that we have learnt during our travels. Getting out is great. Getting out with the proper skillset to be safe and have fun, is even better.

While the older bushmen needed to do it the hard way, modern technology fused with time-tested knowledge allows for a much more comfortable and productive experience. 


Maximum Point Blank Range

So, a method of maximising the setup of your hunting rifle, cartridge and scope to ensure you can point and shoot for the majority of your shooting makes sense. Unsurprisingly, such a methodology exists. […]

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Popping the Event Cherry

This past weekend I attended my first ever shooting event, run by the good lads at Gillice Practical Rifle Events in conjunction with Ruahine NZDA down in good old windy Dannevirke. The event was a [...]

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What Calibre for Deer?

The age old question. It’s usually made with good intentions – the new hunter, armed with $1k in the bank and a passion for shooting some deer just wants to know an easy answer, what rifle to buy. What calibre? […]

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Toddler Tramping

Toddler Tramping – Arataki Nature Trail

We didn’t quite make it last time – so this weeks walk was the Arataki Nature Trail – a short walk that features an excellent opportunity to identify several of New Zealand’s most common trees right next to each other. […]

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Kitekite Falls

The long weekend seemed to be an ideal opportunity to head out with the little girl for another day walk. […]

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My new tramping partner

Took my little girl out for our first bush walk. We had been out before – but only around Mt Albert and Western Springs – this was the first decent walk with here in the backpack. […]

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Half Cock, just half assed?

This came about by it becoming ‘acceptable practise’ over the course of many years in New Zealand. There is no-where else that I am aware of, in the world that considers this a good practise. Either closed and ready to shoot, or empty. […]

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1. Treat every Firearm as Loaded

Firearms aren’t inherently dangerous. They are, after all, simply a mechanical device that requires a specific series of manipulations to fire. Treating every firearm as loaded becomes the first principle that the follows rules build upon. […]

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Well the roar is nearly upon us

Well the roar is nearly upon us, so I reckon it’s a good time to bang the drum for safety again, but this time I want to share a few ideas that expand on the tired old refrain of ‘always positively identify your target beyond all doubt’. […]

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